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English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages Application Timelines

To ensure that all our applicants stay on track and understand the application process, we have outlined important dates below to keep in mind.

 English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages Master’s Timeline:

July/Aug Applications open
Dec. 1 Priority due date
Jan. 1 Program reviews candidates monthly, as space permits
Mar. 1 Scholarship Application Due Date (First round)
Jun. 1 Final application deadline

Special Education Master's Timeline:

Rolling applications open one year prior to the starting semester with the following deadlines:

Oct. 15 Application due for Spring Semester Start
Jan 15 Application due for Fall Semester Start
May 15 Application due for Summer Semester Start

Program Application Review and Status Notification

The content review team will review each candidate’s application portfolio. General criteria are applied to all program applicants. Subject-specific preparation is considered as well in each certification area.

Applicants will be given the status of  Recommended, Conditional Accept, Hold, Alternate, or Declined.

  •       Recommended: Students will be admitted as soon as the Graduate school qualifies them.
  •       Conditional: Students will be given an offer of acceptance after completing an identified deficiency successfully.
  •       Hold: Reserves a spot for a candidate until clarification is made.
  •       Alternate: Students designated as alternates may be re-considered if space becomes available.
  •       Declined: Students not accepted into the program may reapply if their situation changes to meet our criteria.

A status notification email will be sent to the applicant’s address of record by January 15.

Application Acceptance

Students must notify the program if they accept the position prior to January 15. A survey link will be sent to the candidate in their letter of acceptance. If no word is received, the candidate will revert to the “alternate list.” When space becomes available, candidates on an alternate list will be notified and given two weeks to confirm their acceptance.

Scholarship Application Timelines

In addition to the program application, candidates may submit a scholarship application. This includes a few short answers and a financial statement. 

All Candidates are highly encouraged to complete the FASFA application at 

To complete a scholarship application, please go to the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WISH) at   

Start by logging in using your NetID. From there, you will be asked general questions that align you with possible scholarships from across campus. The secondary education program can offer scholarship awards across all our content areas.  These awards are in addition to funds made available through The PLEDGE initiative. They are not loans.


Oct. 1 FAFSA opens
Feb. 1 Secondary education scholarship applications open – WISH
March 1 Scholarship applications due
March 25 Scholarships announced
May-June Remaining scholarships announced
Aug. 31 Scholarship funds dispersed upon fall registration (half of total)
Jan. 20 Scholarship funds dispersed (remaining half of total)

English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages Program Timeline

Secondary Content Areas- 4 semesters

(English, Math, Science, and Social Studies  – blended with ESL content and strategies)

Sem 1 (Summer) 12 Credits, mid-June to mid Aug

Coursework exploring the context, culture and foundations of education

  • Community Field Placement
Sem 2 (Fall) 15 credits, Sept to mid Janaury

Coursework exploring the learning and developmental needs of students and teac hing methods

  • School-based practicum experiences
Sem 3 (Spring) 12-15 Credits, late January to early June

Coursework on advanced teaching methods and tailored professional development opportunities

  • Full-time Student Teaching
Sem 4 (Summer) 4-7 Credits, mid June to early August

Course work to support the development of a capstone project and the role of law and policies in schools. (Optional workshop series on “new teacher” topics)

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight

“I decided to pursue the UW-SET program because of the amazing benefits it offered. Having a living wage stipend meant I could pursue this opportunity without taking out additional loans.”

Brooks Duff-Bowers, Special Education