Madison College to UW–Madison School of Education Transfer Agreement

Join a new generation of teachers!

Dreaming of becoming a teacher? Are you a Madison College student wanting to earn a BS in Elementary Education or Special Education? You now have a direct pipeline into the UW–Madison School of Education, which is considered one of the best in the country. We equip our students to become leaders in diverse schools across Wisconsin and the nation.

The transfer agreement guarantees you admission if you meet the requirements. The agreement goes into effect for students admitted to UW–Madison beginning fall 2022.

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How it works

Students must:

  • Earn an associate of arts degree in the liberal arts transfer education pre-major at Madison College
  • Complete an electronic declaration of intent to participate in the initiative with a Madison College advisor — which is then forwarded to the School of Education
  • Meet with a Madison College and School of Education advisor at least once per semester
  • Earn a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average or better in transferable Madison College coursework
  • Meet the requirements for admission to UW–Madison by demonstrating the completion of:
    • algebra (one high school year or equivalent)
    • plane geometry (one high school year or equivalent)
    • college preparatory math (one high school year or one college-level course)
    • single world language (two high school years or two college semesters of sequential study in one world language). A student whose native language is not English is exempt from the world language requirement provided the student’s formal education through the seventh grade was in their native language.
  • Submit the regular application for transfer admission to UW–Madison according to the schedule specified for the planned term of entry to the university

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Fund your education

If you are transferring into UW–Madison’s teacher preparation programs you are eligible for significant financial support via the Teacher Pledge program. The School of Education pledges to pay the equivalent of in-state tuition and fees, testing, and licensing costs for all our teacher education students. In return, you pledge to work at a Wisconsin PK-12 school for three to four years after graduation.

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Daniela Castellón

It’s very exciting to learn that there will now be clear requirements and an easier pathway that make admission into UW–Madison’s School of Education attainable for Madison College students.” — Daniela Castellón, a UW–Madison senior who started her postsecondary education at Madison College. She is pursuing her BS from the School of Education, with certification in elementary education and English as a second language (ESL)

Adds Castellón: “I want to make a difference in this world as a teacher, and I’m on that path now at UW–Madison. Our education system isn’t perfect. There is a lot of injustice, especially for people of color. It can be so difficult to help people get out of poverty and enjoy a better life. I want to be that person in front of young people who can inspire them and that they can look up to. That’s what pushes me: to have someone say, ‘I want to be like my teacher — like Miss Daniela.’ That would be cool and is a driving force.

Interested in Transferring?

Got questions? Contact the School of Education’s Enrollment Coach for Teacher Preparation Programs!

Javier Neira


Phone: (608) 263-3011

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At UW–Madison, we are committed to reducing barriers and broadening access to our university. This new partnership helps us build upon our important relationship with Madison College. We are looking forward to welcoming and supporting students as they transition to our campus, and work toward their undergraduate degree and entry into the teaching profession.” — UW–Madison Provost John Karl Scholz

Our School of Education is dedicated to helping students from our community follow their dreams of becoming educators. We encourage everyone — including first-generation college students, students of color, students with language proficiencies other than English, and people who are considering a career change or earning a second degree — to consider utilizing this new transfer agreement to join our School of Education. I know our teacher education programs will greatly benefit from our growing connections to Madison College.” — UW–Madison School of Education Dean Diana Hess