How to apply?

If you're ready to start the next step in your academic journey, please follow the information below to apply to the ECE4U program at UW-Whitewater.

Because the program uses a cohort model, only 30 students may enroll in the program at a time. Once that limit has been reached, registration will be closed-but students are welcome to apply the following year.

Apply to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Use this link to apply to the UW-Whitewater. When you complete the application, you will chose, "Early Childhood." Then, in your personal statement/essay, please include the sentence, "I have been in contact with Anne Tillett and wish to pursue the ECE4U program." The application process costs $44. (Remember to submnit all transcripts)

When to apply?

The ECE4U program cohort begins in the summer semester, and classes start in mid-May. There is one opportunity annually to join in the rotation of the early childhood and special education classes. You must apply to UW-Whitewater by May 1st for consideration for summer enrollment. However, remember that earlier submissions will have priority if the cohort reaches the 30 participant limit . The UW-Whitewater Office of Financial Aid recommends applying by February 1st, if you are planning to apply for and use financial aid during your first summer semester.

If you’re interested in starting classes at UW-Whitewater early, before the education cohort classes, you may apply and register for classes in either the fall or spring semesters. This is an excellent way to get some of your general education course requirements met. Then, once you start the education classes, you can focus on those. If you are interested, please follow the steps above regarding the application process. Program advisor Anne Tillett is happy to meet with you to help you select general education courses to meet the program requirements.

What are the next steps?

Once you’ve applied to UW-Whitewater—complete with all of your high school and post-high school transcripts and application fee—the Admissions Office with process all of your paperwork. They will then create your Academic Advising Report, which outlines all of the program requirements and the work you’ve already done to complete them.

Next, your program advisor will set up a time to meet with you, either in person or via Webex. Together, you will review your career goals, completed coursework, and your Academic Advising Report to develop a program plan that meets your needs.

In early May, the ECE4U program holds its annual orientation day. On that day, you’ll meet your cohort members, tour the campus, become familiar with the program and UW-Whitewater resources, and get your Student ID—the Hawk Card.

Classes will begin mid-May. You will continue to have contact with your program advisor and meet as needed.

Applying to the College of Education, COEPS

ECE4U students will all apply to COEPS together during their first summer in the program. Please refer to the Admissions website for additional information regarding dates and requirements:

Please look for the link specifically for the Early Childhood Education. It is important to note that with an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education degree, it is not required to take the Praxis CORE for Admission to Professional Education.

You will need to have a GPA of 2.75 before student teaching and graduation.

Contact Information:

Program Coordinator: Anne Tillett

Phone: 262-472-1833