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!

Kayla Armstrong Alfstad


423 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Anthony Baxter


Phone: (608) 264-1721

Anthony graduated from Winston-Salem State University with a B.A. in Africana Studies, then earned his Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida where he taught a course on African Traditional Religions…

Nancy Coulter


Phone: (608) 262-3773

Nancy Coulter is the Field Experience Coordinator for teacher education programs in the School of Education. Nancy is the primary contact and liaison for the Schools’ field experience operations for teachers, principals, district personnel, faculty,…

Hala Ghousseini


Phone: (608) 263-5035

Hala Ghousseini is the John Grover Harvey Professor of Math Education and associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ann Halbach


Phone: (608) 262-1187

Ann Halbach has worked in the School of Education for the past 24 years. Ann started as a Career Consultant in the Education Portfolios and Career Services Office (EPCS), and over 15 years advanced to…

Kelly Hayek


Phone: (608) 262-4602

Kelly Hayek, Student and Alumni Coordinator, has worked for the School of Education for the past 13 years. Initially, Kelly was a Career Consultant in the Education Portfolios and Career Services Office, where Kelly supported…

Will Huth


Phone: (608) 262-1712

Carly Marco


Phone: (608) 263-4001

Carly Marco, Teacher Pledge program manager, began her work with the Teacher Education Center in March 2020. As Teacher Pledge program manager, Carly provides individualized support to prospective and current teacher education students and alumni,…

Maxine McKinney De Royston


Phone: (608) 265-3434

Maxine McKinney de Royston is an Assistant Professor in the department of Curriculum & Instruction. Visit the Curriculum & Instruction website to see Maxine McKinney de Royston’s full profile.

Mark Olson


Phone: (608) 890-3279

Tom Owenby


Phone: 608-262-7338

Katie Porwoll


Phone: (608) 262-2997

Katie Porwoll graduated from UW–Madison in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Theatre. Following her graduation, she worked for Disney Publishing Worldwide in Los Angeles as an Editorial Assistant. In 2017, Katie decided…

Jen Schoepke


Phone: UW-Madison Office: (608) 265-8255; MMSD Office: (608) 204-7804

Dr. Jen S. Schoepke is the Director of Forward Madison (FM), a partnership between UW–Madison School of Education and the Madison Metropolitan School District, and serves as a boundary crosser to leverage resources in both…

Kimber Wilkerson


Phone: (608) 263-4362

Kimber Wilkerson is a professor of Special Education. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) of a 5-year, $2.5M Teacher Quality Partnership grant serving rural and other high-need Wisconsin school districts, as well as PI on…

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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