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We can walk you through all the steps needed to apply to the ME-PD Learning Community Program.

A few important notes:

  • A minimum of 15 registered applicants are needed to secure a community site. In order to be considered an applicant, Step 1, below, must be completed. Only when Step 1 has been completed and submitted will your application be counted toward securing a community site.

  • Use your social security number whenever you are asked for your student ID number. UW-La Crosse will assign you a student ID number once you are accepted into the graduate program however, until that time your social security number will act as your student ID number.

  • The $56 application fee and the $100 tuition deposit will be refunded if the community location does not reach the minimum enrollment of 15 registered students.

  • Financial aid will not issue any checks until you are a registered student.


Step One: Application to Graduate School

  • Complete the Application for Graduate Admission Form online. A $56* application fee will be required, payable by credit or debit card only.

  • Please be sure to choose the correct option below when completing the Graduate Admission Form: 

    For Face-to-Face or Hybrid: Professional Development Learning Community Option (SED)

    For Online: Learning Community Online Option 

    Please be sure to respond to the writing prompt - How do you plan to use your experience in the ME-PD Learning Community Program to improve teaching practices with your students?

  • The Graduate Admission Form does not allow you to notate your Learning Community site. Once you have submitted your application, the office of Continuing Education/Extension will contact you via e-mail within 10 days to confirm your site request.

  • Request ALL OFFICIAL UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE transcripts from ALL previous post secondary institutions attended. This includes transfer credits even if they appear on another school transcript. If you attended UW-La Crosse you do not need to request those transcripts. Please contact each institution individually to request your academic records. Most universities allow you to request transcripts online. All official transcripts must be sent directly to:

Attn: Student Status 
UW-La Crosse Admissions Office
Cleary Alumni & Friends Center
1725 State StreetLa Crosse, WI 54601

  • IF APPLICABLE: Complete the Minnesota Reciprocity Application online. It is your responsibility to apply for the Reciprocity Agreement - Reciprocity is not automatic. The State of Minnesota grants reciprocity on the basis of the application provided by the student.


Step Two: Financial Aid - IF APPLICABLE


Step Three: Registering for 1st Semester Classes

  • Registration opens when the site is confirmed (minimum enrollment of 15 students). Once the site is confirmed, registration materials, book lists and other information will be e-mailed to you a couple weeks prior to the beginning of your first weekend.

  • A nonrefundable $100 deposit is required each semester before you will be allowed to register for courses. You will  Pay a Registration Deposit online with a check, debit or credit card. The $100 deposit will be applied to your semester tuition bill.

  • After you have paid your $100 deposit you can register for your first semester courses using our WINGS system.