All students who are seeking admission to a certifiable degree program must apply and be admitted to the Education Division. Application to the Education Division and admission to the division are two separate events. The application process requires the submission of considerable documentation (see below) along with a completed application form and three personal recommendations. We encourage you to apply as soon as you are ready to meet all of the admission requirements detailed below. To ensure the completion of all major and minor program requirements prior to student teaching, students must be eligible for and complete the application process to the Education Division at least two years before registering for student teaching and one year before applying for admission to student teaching. Decisions on admission to the Education Division are made by formal vote of the faculty members of the division. Completed applications for admission are brought to one of the regularly scheduled meetings of the division and are reviewed before an admission vote is taken. The decision of the division is communicated, in writing, to the student immediately after the meeting at which the vote is taken and the decision is made.
Requirements for Admission to the Education Division
Successful application to the Lakeland University Education Division is contingent upon the following requirements:
- Completion and documentation of at least 40 semester hours of college coursework with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4 point scale.
- Documentation of passing scores on all three sections of the state-approved Praxis I - Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST), a set of standardized exams assessing basic reading, writing, and mathematical skills proficiency. The required minimum scores on the two different versions of these exams are:
PPST Section Score
- Submission of three written recommendations from college faculty members who know you and your work well, on forms provided by the division - one from a faculty member inside the Education Division and two from faculty members outside of the Education Division.
- Completion of EDU 100 - Introduction to Education or its equivalent with grades of C or higher.
- Completion of the Education Division application process which involves submission of documentation for all of the above (1-4), submission of a completed application for admission to the division, submission of a personal reflection paper on your thoughts, feelings, and experiences about education and teaching, and transmission of a full set of academic credentials from the office of the registrar to the Education Division. These credentials must include:
- transcripts of any prior college work including course work transferred to Lakeland University from other colleges,
- a final high school transcript with indication of high school GPA and class rank (where provided),
- any official evaluation of transfer credit or academic progress made by the Lakeland University Registrar's office.
- Completion and submission of the results of a criminal background check (see the Chair of the Education Division for further information).
Please note: The student is responsible for the submission of this set of academic credentials as part of the Education Division application process.
Upon submission of all of the above documentation of eligibility for admission, you may be notified of an interview. At these interviews, faculty members of the Education Division will be present. You may be required to present a long-range plan, which will demonstrate to us how you plan to successfully complete your education program. Part of that long-range plan must be three (3) goals, based on the Standards for Teacher Licensure, which you want to accomplish prior to your becoming a certified teacher. When all of the above requirements have been completed, your file will be formally presented to the division of education. The faculty of the division will officially accept or deny each application. Reasons for denying an application might include, but are not limited to, misconduct during your work at Lakeland University; lack of demonstrated competence in EDU 100 - Introduction to Education, EDU 230 - Educational Psychology or other preliminary courses; or inadequate performance in the interview. You may be given the opportunity to re-do required competencies and/or re-interview.
After acceptance into the division, you will be asked to complete the appropriate paperwork assigning you to a permanent Education Division adviser or co-advisor. Your division adviser will assist you, along with your major/minor adviser, with completing your remaining coursework requirements at Lakeland University. You will be notified of the name of your division adviser, and you will need to complete a change of advisor form from the registrar's office.
Appealing a Denial of Admission
In accord with Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction chapter PI 34.14,3(b), Lakeland University provides an appeal process for students who have been denied admission to the Education Division. The steps in that process are outlined below.
- If you wish to appeal a denial of admission, write a letter to the Chairperson of the Division of Education stating why you believe you should be given a chance to re-do a requirement or re-apply. This letter may be transmitted by e-mail.
- Submit any documentation that supports your appeal (i.e., sample re-do's of assignments in particular courses, improved GPA, etc.).
- If you are appealing a denial of admission based on the fact that you did not pass all three sections of the PPST and you are requesting a waiver of the PPST requirement for one of the three sections, you must submit proof that you have taken the PPST (reading, writing, or math) section at least four (4) times, and have fallen short of the minimal score on all four (4) occasions. Such proof could be copies of the official score sheets for each time you took the PPST. Please note: You may request a waiver of only one (1) of the PPST sections. If you have not passed two of the three sections, you MAY NOT request a waiver. A decision on your waiver request will be heavily influenced by your GPA and your performance in pre-professional coursework. A PPST waiver will only be granted if all other criteria for admission have been met.
- If you are appealing a denial of admission based on your GPA, you must write a letter requesting a waiver of the GPA of 3.00 requirement stating your plan of action for maintaining at least a GPA of 3.00 from the date of the letter though student teaching, and include in the plan any course(s) that you will re-take in order to improve your overall GPA. Please note: Appeals for GPAs below 2.75 will be automatically refused. Appeals for GPAs below 2.75 in Interdisciplinary Studies, Major/Minor, or Pre-Professional coursework will be automatically refused. A GPA waiver will be granted only if all other criteria for admission have been met.
- Where admission to the division has been denied on more than one criterion of admission, an appeal will not be considered until all but one of the criteria for admission have been completed/met. All initial appeals are handled by the chairperson of the Education Division and are referred to the faculty of the Education Division for a final vote. In most cases, the decision of the divisional faculty is final. If a student claims that admission to the division or to student teaching has been denied due to the bias of a member of the divisional faculty, a written appeal stating the evidence to support that claim may be made to a committee comprised of the Vice-President of Academic Affairs, the Chair of the Education Division, and one other member of the education faculty. If the Chair of the Division would be the person accused of bias, another member of the education faculty may be substituted.