New transfer program guarantees admission and free tuition to UW–Madison

Stuart Pate, Staff Writer

Madison College students seeking degrees in elementary or special education have a new path to guaranteed acceptance at UW – Madison which includes free tuition
The agreement was announced at a joint event between UW – Madison and Madison college on Sept. 30 at the Goodman South Campus. It is slated to be in effect for the fall 2022 semester.
“This agreement strengthens the already deep partnership between Madison College and UW – Madison,” said Madison College Provost Turina Bakken. “It provides a clear path to a meaningful profession for those who historically did not see college as an option, but who we know will make great teachers one day.”

So how does this program work?

  • Madison College Students enroll in the liberal arts transfer education pre-major.
  • Students also need to complete an “electronic declaration of intent to participate in this program with a Madison College advisor.
  • Students will meet with a Madison College and School of Education advisor at least once per semester.
  • Student must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

“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,” Diane Hess, UW- Madison’s Dean of Education.
Students need to meet the requirements of admission to UW – Madison which includes a year of high school algebra, plane geometry, two years of a foreign language and college preparatory math or equivalents.
Once admitted to UW – Madison, students will receive financial support from the UW – Madison School of Education Wisconsin Teacher Pledge. This program will pay the equivalent of in state tuition as well as fees and testing and licensing costs.
Students must commit to work at a Wisconsin PK – 12 institution for three to four years after graduation.
Hess said, “I know our teacher education programs will greatly benefit from our growing connections to Madison College.”