Applying to the Social Studies, 4-12 Education post-baccalaureate program requires some advance planning on your part. Following these steps will help to ensure a smooth application process.

  1. Submit a request for transcript evaluation

    The program director will review your previous coursework and determine which courses will meet program requirements for teacher certification. The request should be submitted before or at the time of applying for admission to the program.

  2. Meet with your academic advisor

    Schedule a meeting with a School of Education academic advisor to discuss the post-baccalaureate program requirements and your eligibility for admission to the program. You can schedule and appointment by calling 414-229-4721.

    (Last names A – L) – Tamara Wallhausser,
    (Last names M – Z) – Tyree Bolden,

  3. Submit the UW System application for admission to UWM

    The UW System application is required even if you have applied or attended UWM previously as an undergraduate, graduate, or University Special student.

    In completing the UW System application, attend to the following:

    1. It is important that you answer the initial questions in a specific way to ensure that your application is coded correctly.
      1. When asked, “Are you applying for a degree or a few courses?” you must select “Degree.”
      2. When asked, “Are you looking to earn a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree?” you must select “Bachelor’s Degree.”
    2. Select UW-Milwaukee as the campus to which you are applying.
    3. When you arrive at the “Choose your major/program” page. Select “Education & Training” and then select “Social Studies Education”.
    4. Select your desired semester/start term and continue with the remainder of the application.
    5. Important Note: For the essay portion of the application, type the following: “I am applying to pursue a post-baccalaureate teaching certification.”
    6. Required: Official transcripts from all institutions where undergraduate and graduate credit has been earned, except UWM. Transcripts should be sent directly from your institution(s) to UWM.
  4. Submit a Criminal Background Check (CBC)

    he Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires that all applicants to a teacher education program pass a Criminal Background Check (CBC) prior to admission.

    Note: The CBC can take up to 30 days for processing. You cannot be admitted nor enroll in courses until your CBC has cleared.

    Criminal Background Check Requirements

  5. Prepare a resume and essay

    All applicants to the Social Studies Education Program must prepare and submit a resume and essay.

    Essay Guidelines

    Discuss what experiences you have had that have influenced your decision to study education – in particular a teacher certification program housed in a School of Education invested in improving and supporting urban education in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Please frame your essay in a way that the following issues contextualize your discussion:

    • Relevant course work that informs your decision to certify in Social Studies Education.
    • Relevant field (life) experiences, in and out of a school setting, that inform your decision to become an educator.
    • An appreciation of the broad social issues that affect urban schools and their students.
    • Concrete detail and rich language that describe your experience.
  6. Complete the following application form

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Acknowledgement: By submitting this form, I am applying for Social Studies, 4-12 post-baccalaureate program. I acknowledge that I have completed the following:
  • Met with an academic advisor.
  • Submitted a request for a transcript evaluation.
  • Submitted a Criminal Background Check.
  • Submitted the Online UW-System application for admission to UWM.
  • Requested official transcripts be sent to UWM as part of my UW-System application (if applicable).
  • Meeting with program director to review admission application: After you have submitted your application, you will need to meet with the program director, Dr. Jeffrey Hawkins, during one of the dates/times listed below. No appointment is necessary.
Meeting with Program Director
  • Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7:15 – 8:00 pm @ Northwest Quadrant (NWQ D), 1935
  • Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7:15 – 8:00 pm @ Northwest Quadrant (NWQ D), 1935
  • Wednesday, Sept. 20, 7:15 – 8:00 pm @ Northwest Quadrant (NWQ D), 1935
  • Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7:15 – 8:00 pm @ Northwest Quadrant (NWQ D), 1935
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