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Undergraduate Program Overview

We have high expectations of academic achievement, professional dispositions and community engagement for our teacher candidates. Students interested in getting degrees in teaching apply to the Teacher Education program. One criteria for admission into the program is passing one of the Essential Academic Skills options.

Additional Expenses

Students should also understand that pursuing a teaching degree and licensure comes with additional costs beyond tuition and textbooks, including fees for taking the required exams, purchasing EMSP liability insurance (PDF), processing the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) and completing background checks. We have provided a Teacher Education expense table (PDF) to help you budget accordingly. It is not meant to be exhaustive, and these figures could change at any time without notice. Also, keep in mind that costs such as test preparation materials are not included.

After Admission

Once students have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program, they must keep an eye on their own academic progress. Students also need to be aware of certain eligibility requirements in order to student teach, graduate and receive their licensure.

  • Completion of all coursework required for the teaching degree prior to student teaching.
  • WSU G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher in your teaching major.
  • Grade of "C" or better in all Professional Education Sequence courses including all EDFD courses, HERS 204, and SPED 300. K-12 and 5-12 majors must also earn a "C" or better in EDUC 429 and EDFD 449. Rochester campus students should communicate with their academic advisors to learn which courses in their program are part of the Professional Education Sequence. Also, each Teacher Education program may have additional grade requirements in their major.
  • Completion of formal application materials one year in advance of the student teaching semester.
  • Pass one of the Essential Academic Skills options.
  • Documentation of professional liability insurance (EMSP membership is an option).
  • Admittance to teacher/professional education unit.
  • Criminal Background Check.
  • WSU grade point of 2.75 or higher in your teaching major.
  • Earn a grade of "C" or better in all Professional Education Sequence coursework including all EDFD classes, HERS 204 and SPED 300. For K-12 and 5-12 majors, this grade requirement includes EDUC 429 and EDFD 449. Rochester campus students should communicate with their academic advisors to learn which courses in their program are part of the Professional Education Sequence.  Also, each teacher education program may have additional grade requirements in their major.
  • Satisfactory completion of the student teaching experience and all degree requirements completed.
  • Demonstration of the competencies as outlined in the student teaching handbook.
  • Completion of WSU Teacher Education program.
  • Pass one of the Essential Academic Skills options.
  • WSU grade point of 2.75 or higher in your teaching major.
  • Completion of licensure application.
  • Completion of Minnesota Department of Education background check.