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School of Education

Overview

The UW–Madison School of Education is distinguished by the diversity and quality of its undergraduate programs. Consistently ranked in the top ten schools and colleges of education in national studies, the school prepares students in a variety of disciplines and for a range of professional roles, including artist, teacher, and therapist.

Approximately 2,000 undergraduates are enrolled each year in the School of Education. About half of these students are seeking admission or have been admitted to teacher preparation programs, with the remainder selecting from among programs in the arts, human movement, and human services. Education students regularly earn among the highest grade point averages of undergraduates in any school or college on campus.

The School of Education includes nine departments: Art, Counseling Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, Dance, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Educational Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, Kinesiology, and Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. Most School of Education students, including those interested in teacher education, begin their academic careers with a "pre-professional" designation. After two or three years of course work, students apply for admission to the professional component of their program. Students admitted to the university as Art majors enter directly into that professional program. Dance majors are admitted based on an audition.

Because resources are limited, many programs are selective and competitive. School of Education faculty seek committed, creative, and reflective students who are sensitive to differing perspectives. For this reason, most of the school's limited-enrollment programs use criteria beyond grade point average to determine professional program admission. For this reason, too, the school consistently encourages students to challenge themselves and their initial career choices through volunteer experiences, service learning courses, internships or paid work experiences, and study abroad.

Students find that the School of Education is their administrative and academic home—a source of advising, guidance, support, and community. Small class sizes in many pre-professional and professional courses allow students to develop a strong sense of community and to get ample individual attention from professors and teaching assistants. Teaching staff are extremely willing to get to know their students and work with them to meet their goals. School of Education courses also provide students the chance to get to know their classmates well. The School of Education works to offer a caring, secure, and supportive environment that encourages taking risks, expanding personal boundaries, and developing as a professional.