2012-2014 Catalog

Catalog Content

Educational Leadership Program

Graduate Faculty Top of Page

Mary Churchill, Assistant Professor
Orvin Clark, Associate Professor
Suzanne Griffith, Professor
Carol Hulce, Assistant Professor
Terri Kronzer, Associate Professor, Chair
Mary Lee Nichols, Assistant Professor
Susan Masterson, Assistant Professor
Terry McGlasson, Assistant Professor
John Paul, Assistant Professor

Contributing Graduate Faculty

Tamara Gergum
Rosemary Doyle
Barry Kamrath
Jason Lau
Lee Oling
Kathy Pykkonen
James Sauter
Lanny Tibaldo
Chad Trowbridge

Graduate Faculty Emeriti

Richard D. Carter
James A. Holter
Bernard O. Hughes
Paul D. Keeney
Robert D. Krey
Kenneth Redding
Michael Wallschlaeger

Educational Administration Top of Page

The Educational Administration Program Office is located in Swenson Hall Room 2025. Interested graduate students may contact the department chair in Swenson Hall Room 2024; call (715) 394-8506; FAX at (715) 394-8146; or view the department's web site at http://www.uwsuper.edu/acaddept/edl/edad/index.cfm .

Additional Educational Administration Graduate Degree Program Requirements Top of Page

Academic Regulations for the M.S.E. and Ed.S. Degree

It is the sole responsibility of the student to read, understand and adhere to all Graduate Studies policies and M.S.E. and Ed.S. degree program requirements as set forth in the UW-Superior General Catalog. This responsibility extends to any additional and specified academic and/or approved program requirements of the Educational Administration Program. Therefore, it is critical that each student carefully read the catalog so as to possess a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of his or her responsibility in fulfilling degree and approved program requirements. Lack of awareness of any graduate degree policy, procedure, timeline or approved program requirement shall not constitute a valid justification so as to amend, remand, modify, or waive requirements for matriculation through the Educational Administration Program's degree programs.

Academic Standing and Retention All Educational Administration graduate students shall maintain a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA (based upon a 4.00 evaluation scale) after completion of 15 semester graduate credits. Failure to achieve this minimum cumulative GPA shall result in the student being placed on academic probation until 24 graduate semester credits are earned. If by the time the student has completed 24 semester graduate credits toward the M.S.E. or Ed.S. degree and does not possess the minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA, the student will be dropped from the Educational Administration degree program. 

Awarding of Graduate Degree No Educational Administration student shall be awarded a graduate degree in Educational Administration until the student has an approved application to candidacy and completed application for graduation.

Commencement Participation The Education Administration Program requires Ed.S. degree graduates to participate in the UW-Superior Commencement ceremony held in May or December of the student's graduation year.

Credit by Examination  Graduate credit will not be awarded through the mechanism of credit by examination for any Educational Administration graduate student. Any student desiring to have completed educational administration graduate coursework entered on the official transcript shall be required to officially enroll in the course, complete all graduate course requirements and have a grade officially recorded by the graduate faculty member of record.

Ed.S. Degree Equivalency  The Educational Administration program does not offer an Ed.S. equivalency or "sixth year" program. It does, however, offer a post-masters certification-only program.

Formal Application for Graduation Application for the M.S.E. and Ed.S. degree must be made by the graduate student to the UW-Superior Graduate Studies Office according to the timelines and procedures set forth in the university calendar at http://www.uwsuper.edu/registrar/news/calendar.cfm

Graduate Course Repeat No Educational Administration student shall be allowed to repeat more than one graduate-level course taken at UW-Superior for which he or she received a grade other than W (Withdrew). The last grade earned in any attempted graduate coursework shall be the grade of official record.

Independent Study to Fulfill Course Requirements  No M.S.E., Ed.S. or Certification-only student shall be allowed to fulfill a specified degree graduate core course requirement by the satisfactory completion of directed study coursework unless the student receives department approval.

Maximum Academic Load  The maximum load for an Educational Administration degree student is 15 graduate credits for full time per academic semester or 12 graduate credits for an entire summer session.

Maximum Time to Complete Degree 
Graduate semester credits used in achieving the requirements for the degree must be earned within a time period of 10 consecutive years, commencing with the starting date for the first university term of the first graduate course used to fulfill the M.S.E. and Ed.S. degree requirements. For the Ed.S. degree applicable approved graduate credits from the master's degree in the Ed.S. graduate program of study are excluded from the 10-year time limit.

Minimum Grade Requirement  Only graduate coursework with a grade of C or above (i.e. 2.00-4.00 grade point) shall be included in meeting the M.S.E. and Ed.S. degree requirements. No grade below C (2.00 grade point average) in any graduate coursework shall be awarded credit toward meeting any of the EDAD degree requirements.

Special Student Advisement Special students will be advised by the Educational Leadership Department chair. These students should consult with the department chair prior to each registration. Not more than nine graduate semester credits earned while on special student status shall be applicable to the M.S.E. or Ed.S. degree or Certification-only status. Upon official admission to the Educational Administration program, special students shall be assigned a graduate faculty advisor.

Transfer of Graduate Credit  Educational Administration graduate students may transfer a maximum of 12 9 semester credits into either the M.S.E. or Ed.S. degree program. Students who wish to transfer graduate credit from another accredited institution of higher education must have two official transcripts sent by that institution directly to the Graduate Studies Office. If there is any question regarding the validity of graduate credits, it is the responsibility of the student to furnish the Graduate Studies Office with an appropriate level of documentation (e.g. syllabus, assignments, catalog course description, etc.) that the coursework was earned for appropriate graduate credit and directly parallels approved program coursework at UW-Superior. The student is required to complete and submit two copies of a request to transfer credits. This petition requires that each course petitioned to be transferred shall have the signatory approval of the student's graduate faculty advisor and the department chair.

Graduate credit granted for correspondence, workshop, CEUs or similar coursework is not eligible for transfer into Educational Administration graduate degree program requirements.

Master of Science in Education Degree in Educational Administration Top of Page

The Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) Degree program in Educational Administration is designed for individuals with limited administrative experience who are seeking initial professional preparation and certification for school leadership positions in:

  • PK-12 Director of Instruction
  • PK-12 Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
  • PK-12 Principalship
  • School Business Administrator

The EDAD program knowledge base for the M.S.E. degree in Educational Administration is anchored by a theme of Reflective Scholar Constructivists who are Community Leaders Capable of Knowledge-Based Decision-Making consistent with Wisconsin Administrative Standards and approved by the Wisconsin State Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to provide advanced level professionals with:

  1. Basic theory, research and wisdoms of professional practice of educational administration and educational leadership.
  2. Advanced graduate coursework required to meet professional certification standards.
  3. Professional preparation for entry into specialized educational administrative positions.

Admission Procedures

Application for admission to graduate study in Educational Administration must be initiated by contacting the UW-Superior Office of Graduate Studies.

Admission Requirements

  1. A professional vitae.
  2. Written evidence of three years of teaching experience or equivalent. School Business Administrator is exempt from this requirement. The three years of teaching experience is required prior to administrative endorsement by the UW-Superior Certification Office.
  3. An applicant for Superintendent license shall hold or be eligible to hold a principal license.
  4. A cumulative 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Note: Failure or delays in meeting these requirements are often the reason for delays in admission to Graduate Studies. Admission will not be granted until all requirements are achieved.

Admission Categories
Educational Administration admission requirements may exceed those required of other graduate programs of the UW-Superior. A potential graduate student may take a maximum of nine credits in the EDAD program as a Special Student before unconditional admission.

Note: No student shall be awarded a graduate degree in Educational Administration until the student has achieved unconditional admission status, and completed application for a graduate degree.

Degree Requirements
33 total graduate credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater

Each student's application to candidacy is individually designed with the student's advisor according to area of specialization and Wisconsin Administrative Standards. The student may expect to complete the program in two years, including one summer session of a minimum of nine credits directly on the UW-Superior campus.

On-Campus Requirements
The Educational Administration Program is strongly committed to a high-quality professional preparation experience within all of its graduate programs. A hallmark of such includes personal involvement with a mentoring faculty and collaborative scholarly interaction with peers. To that end the Educational Administration Program requires a minimum of six semester graduate credits completed directly on the UW-Superior campus not including: Online, Directed Study, Independent Study, Internship, Practicum, Thesis and Administrative Analysis.

M.S.E. Program Components
Each student shall complete five degree program requirements for the M.S.E. degree in Educational Administration which include:

  • Educational Administration Department's Knowledge Base Theme.
  • Area of Specialization Core Coursework.
  • Year-long, three- to six-credit practicum of a minimum of 320 hours in one's area of specialization.
  • Comprehensive examination in one's area of specialization.
  • An e-portfolio as required by PI 34. The portfolio is designed to reflect and integrate the seven Wisconsin Administrative Standards.
  1. Educational Administration Knowledge Base Theme required courses (18 credits required):
    Administrative Leadership -- 3.00 credits
    School Business Administration -- 3.00 credits
    Conflict Resolution and Mediation in K-12 Educational Settings -- 3.00 credits
    School Law -- 3.00 credits
    Practicum - Director of Special Education and Pupil Services -- 3.00 - 6.00 credits
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  2. Specialization Core required courses (12 credits required in at least one area below):
    PK-12 Director of Instruction required courses (12 credits required):

    The Director of Instruction -- 3.00 credits
    Supervision of Instruction -- 3.00 credits
    Curriculum Management and Development K-12 -- 3.00 credits
    Diversity, Equity and Equality in Schools -- 3.00 credits


    Director of Special Education and Pupil Services required courses (12 credits required:
    Supervision of Instruction -- 3.00 credits
    Curriculum Management and Development K-12 -- 3.00 credits
    Administration and Supervision Of Special Education and Pupil Services -- 3.00 credits
    Special Education Law -- 3.00 credits


    PK-12 Principalship required courses (12 credits required):
    Supervision of Instruction -- 3.00 credits
    Curriculum Management and Development K-12 -- 3.00 credits
    The Principalship -- 3.00 credits
    Diversity, Equity and Equality in Schools -- 3.00 credits


    School Business Administrator required courses (15 credits required):
    School Human Resources -- 3.00 credits
    Facilities Planning and Utilization -- 3.00 credits
    Diverse School Community Relations -- 3.00 credits
    School Finance and Taxation -- 3.00 credits
    Advanced Budgeting -- 3.00 credits


  3. 3. Practicum Requirement
    All M.S.E. students must complete a year-long six-credit practicum of a minimum of 320 hours in their area of specialization. Students must make written application to and obtain prior approval from the director of EDAD field experiences. Additionally, students must have written pre-approval from a licensed school administrator (i.e. within the area of licensure) who will serve in an on-site supervisory capacity with mentoring responsibility. Students must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in a minimum of fifteen semester resident credits in Educational Administration graduate coursework.

    The practicum is scheduled for one entire academic year. Applying students also are expected to attend one of the pre-practicum seminars held in the summer on the UW-Superior campus prior to course registration. Enrolled students are expected to attend two practicum seminars (fall and spring) held at selected locations throughout UW-Superior's service region. The first field experience will be for six credits and any future field experience will be for three credits. Students have the option of paying tuition for three credits per semester or six credits per academic year.

Standards-Based Professional Development For School Leaders Knowledges -- Performances

Wisconsin Administrative Standards Coursework
The student is required to meet all six Wisconsin Administrative standards; however, one or more of the above prescribed course requirements may be substituted by the student's advisor if the substitution meets the standard. Each EDAD course is designed to meet one Wisconsin Administrative standard. Courses are numerically assigned to comply with a standard and are listed below by standard. Additionally, at the student's advisor's best professional judgment, a graduate student may be required to complete a specific course to fulfill a standard.

Wisconsin Administrative Standard 1: EDAD 700-709 and EDAD 800-809
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.

Wisconsin Administrative Standard 2: EDAD 710-719 and EDAD 810-819
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

Wisconsin Administrative Standard 3: EDAD 720-729 and EDAD 820-829
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.

Wisconsin Administrative Standard 4: EDAD 730-739 and EDAD 830-839
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.

Wisconsin Administrative Standard 5: EDAD 740-749 and EDAD 840-849
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.

Wisconsin Administrative Standard 6: EDAD 750-759 and EDAD 850-859
A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.

Plans of Study
Students must consult with their graduate advisor to obtain an approved Plan of Study.

Commencement Participation
The Educational Administration Program requires M.S.E. degree graduates to participate in the UW-Superior Commencement ceremony held in May.

Certification-Only Graduate Students
Persons possessing a master's degree in an area other than educational administration or not admitted to the Ed.S postgraduate program may be recommended for certification by completion of the approved program at UW-Superior. Graduate coursework from the student's earned master's degree may be applied -- where appropriate -- to satisfy certification requirements of the approved program. Coursework, however, must clearly parallel those approved program requirements to substitute for such. A minimum of 24 credits need to be completed at the UW-Superior.

Note: Certification-only graduate students are required to file an admission to EDAD certification form with the Graduate Studies Office. This is a parallel requirement to degree-seeking candidates, who must file an application with the Graduate Studies Office. Upon completing the certification-only requirements, it is the responsibility of the graduate student to obtain written verification of such from the advisor and submit such to the Certification Office with appropriate license application materials.

Graduate coursework earned at an accredited institution of higher education other than UW-Superior pertinent to the intended certification shall not be transferred into the student's UW-Superior official academic record.

Although prior master's degree graduate coursework may satisfy certain specific approved program requirements, prior master's degree earned graduate coursework shall not be used to meet the minimum required graduate credits for a M.S.E. in Educational Administration.

Students seeking educational administration certification in this manner shall complete all requirements of the approved program including:

  1. Admission to the Educational Administration program.
  2. Certification coursework plan filed with advisor.
  3. Minimum of 24 semester credits completed at the UW-Superior, or UW-Superior coursework offered at the UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stevens Point campus, and or UW-Madison.
  4. Submission of advisor-verified certification-only plan with certification application materials.

Specialist Degree in Education in Educational Administration Top of Page

The Specialist Degree in Educational Administration (Ed.S.) is designed as a planned professional program for educational administrators. Administrators seeking admission to the program may wish to increase their competencies or satisfy certification requirements for present professional positions or positions with new and increased responsibilities. The Ed.S. degree is an action, research-based, postgraduate degree. The program graduate will possess an advanced knowledge base that is grounded by current theory, research and wisdoms of professional practice for one's area of specialization within the program. Acquired research and statistical methodological skills are program requirements for the awarding of this degree. The focus of the Specialist program is to provide career educational administrators with an amalgamation of advanced theoretical concepts, specialized professional skills, and technical knowledge. The Specialist Degree is the terminal degree at UW-Superior that requires a minimum of 33 graduate semester credits beyond the master's level.

The programs of advanced specialization for the postgraduate Specialist Degree include:

  • PK-12 Director of Instruction
  • PK-12 Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
  • PK-12 Principalship
  • School Business Administrator
  • School District Administrator (Superintendent)

The program for the Ed.S. in Educational Administration is designed to provide career education administration professionals with:

  1. Development of advanced specialized professional skills for present and/or anticipated future professional leadership positions.
  2. Knowledge to apply theoretical concepts which relate to the professional and ethical role of the practitioner.
  3. Background in research and statistical methodology to provide a utilitarian understanding of applied research for informed decision making.

Specialist Degree Admission Procedure
Admission to the Specialist Degree program will be processed only after all required information and application materials are on file. Students will be admitted under the policies of the UW-Superior Graduate Catalog current as of date of admission to the Ed.S. program. Any student who applies and is admitted to the Ed.S. degree program but fails to attend the university within one calendar year shall have to reapply for admission.

Application for Admission to Graduate Studies
Application for admission to post-graduate study must be initiated by contacting the UW-Superior Office of Graduate Studies.

Additional Admission Requirements:

  1. Current professional résumé or vita.
  2. Written evidence of three years of teaching experience or equivalent. The School Business Manager is exempt from this requirement. Three years of teaching experience is required prior to administrative endorsement by the UW-Superior Certification Office.
  3. Typewritten statement of professional educational leadership philosophy, goals and career objectives.
  4. Official copy of the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results sent directly by the testing company. Copies of test results are not accepted.
  5. Masters degree from an accredited college or university.
  6. On the basis of a 4.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) evaluation scale: Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 and minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  7. Minimum score of 396 on the Miller Analogies Test or 145 on the General Graduate Record Examination.
  8. Maintain minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA for all educational administration graduate coursework.
  9. Approval for unconditional admission by a majority of the Educational Administration faculty.
  10. All necessary papers and information filed with the Graduate Studies Office.

Advisement and Graduate Faculty Committee
Following initial admission to the Ed.S. program, the Educational Administration Department chair shall assign the Ed.S. student an advisor. At the time of application to candidacy the Ed.S. candidate shall select a major advisor and a minimum of two additional graduate faculty committee members to serve as the candidate's Ed.S. degree program and thesis committee.

Note: No student shall be awarded a postgraduate degree in Educational Administration until the student has an approved application to candidacy and completed application for graduate degree.

Ed.S. Internship Requirement
All Ed.S. students must complete a year-long minimum 320-hour internship in their area of advanced specialization. Students must make written application to and obtain approval from the Educational Administration Director of Field experiences. Additionally, students must have written pre-approval from a practicing educational administrator -- within their area of advanced specialization -- who will serve in an on-site supervisory capacity with mentoring responsibility. Students must have completed a minimum of nine semester resident credits in Educational Administration graduate coursework beyond the master's degree. The first field experience will be for six credits and any future field experience will be for three credits. Students have the option of paying tuition for three credits per semester or six credits for the academic year.

The internship is scheduled for an entire academic school year. Applying students also are expected to attend a pre-internship seminar held in the summer on the UW-Superior campus prior to course registration. Enrolled students are also expected to attend two internship seminars during the academic year held at locations throughout UW-Superior's service region.

Thesis Requirement
Once the provost or graduate dean has granted the postgraduate student admission to Ed.S. candidacy, the Ed.S. candidate shall work primarily with his or her committee chair for the development and approval of the thesis proposal and, following its approval by the entire Ed.S. Committee, with the entire committee while the thesis is in final draft form.

All candidates for the Ed.S. degree are required to complete a research thesis of scholarly distinction. Prior to registering for EDAD 867 (the Ed.S. Thesis), the Ed.S. candidate shall meet with his or her Ed.S. committee chair for direction in preparing a thesis proposal. The Ed.S. thesis proposal shall adhere to those established guidelines and shall be disseminated to and approved by the candidate's thesis committee prior to conducting the intended research. A final oral examination, open to the university community, on the Ed.S. thesis will be scheduled and conducted by the candidate's Ed.S. committee.

One copy of the Ed.S. thesis must be provided to the entire candidate's Ed.S. committee for signatory approval within a reasonable timeframe following the successful completion of the oral examination. It is the candidate's responsibility to make arrangements for obtaining thesis reproduction,and with all Ed.S. committee members' signatures verifying successful completion of the thesis. It is also the candidate's responsibility to disseminate the thesis to the following:

Graduate Office - a digital copy for transmittal to the library

Ed.S. in Educational Administration Program Standards

Each postgraduate student shall complete three degree program requirements for the Ed.S. degree in Educational Administration:

  1. Educational Administration Department's knowledge base theme.
  2. Area of specialization core coursework.Completion of additionalWisconsinAdministrativestandards coursework.
  1. Educational Administration Knowledge Base Theme required courses ( 18 credits required):
    Politics Of Education -- 3.00 credits
    Internship:PK-12 /Director of Special Education and Pupil Services -- 3.00 - 6.00 credits
    Statistical Methods Research -- 3.00 credits
    The Ed.S Thesis -- 6.00 credits
    Advanced Administrative Analysis -- 3.00 credits

    *Replaces EDAD 867 requirement for certification-only candidates

    A research course is required if not taken at master's level.

  2. Specialization Core required courses (9 in one area below credits required):
    PK-12 Director of Instruction required courses (9 credits required):

    The Director of Instruction -- 3.00 credits
    Supervision of Instruction -- 3.00 credits
    Curriculum Management and Development K-12 -- 3.00 credits


    Director of Special Education and Pupil Services required courses (9 credits required):
    Administration and Supervision Of Special Education and Pupil Services -- 3.00 credits
    Special Education Law -- 3.00 credits


    PK-12 Principalship required courses (9 credits required):
    Supervision of Instruction -- 3.00 credits
    Curriculum Management and Development K-12 -- 3.00 credits
    The Principalship -- 3.00 credits


    School Business Administrator required courses (9 credits required):
    Education Budget and Accounting -- 3.00 credits
    School Finance and Taxation -- 3.00 credits
    Advanced Budgeting -- 3.00 credits


    The Superintendency required courses (9 credits required):
    The Superintendency -- 3.00 credits
    School Finance and Taxation -- 3.00 credits
    Professional Ethics for School Administrators -- 3.00 credits

    To be certified as a superintendent in Wisconsin a candidate should hold or be eligible to hold a principal license.

  3. Wisconsin Administrative Standards required courses (6 credits required):
    Postgraduate students are required to meet all six Wisconsin Administrative Standards through various selected coursework with their advisor. Each EDAD course is designed to meet one Wisconsin Administrative Standard. Courses are numerically assigned to comply with a standard and are listed above by standard. Students may take 700-level or 800-level coursework to fulfill a standard. Additionally, at the student's advisor's best professional judgment, a student may be required to complete a specific course to fulfill a standard.

    Ed.S. candidates are required to complete a minimum of 33 semester credits beyond the master's degree. Those candidates who have a master's degree in educational administration and have fulfilled Wisconsin Administrative Standards in such may, in the best professional judgment of their advisor, be able to design an application to candidacy that is individually designed to be comprised of 33 credits rather than the 46 credits required for those candidates not possessing an earned master's degree in educational administration.

Guidance and Counseling Program Top of Page

The University of Wisconsin-Superior, through the Guidance and Counseling Program of the Educational Leadership Department, offers professional training which leads to a Master of Science in Education Degree (M.S.E.) in Guidance and Counseling. The program is designed for those individuals who seek advanced professional training in various occupations in the fields of Counseling. There are three tracks within the program, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Each track is an integration of academic foundations and professional skills training and is directed at developing a qualified and specialized professional. In order to accommodate working adults, the Guidance and Counseling Program run on a semester rotation: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the Guidance and Counseling Programs begins with application for admission to Graduate Studies online at http://www.uwsuper.edu/graduate. For information call (715) 394-8295.

In addition to the application to the Offfice of Graduate Studies, the application for admission to the Guidance and Counseling Program must contain:

  1. Resume and Letter of Intent addressing: 1. Service to community 2. Volunteer work 3. Commitment to others 4. Work and professional goals 5. Areas which the applicant considers to be his or her strengths or weaknesses.
  2. Three letters of reference (one or two academic letters from post-secondary instructors and one or two employment letters) that speak to the candidate's ability to succeed in graduate school.
  3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  4. An undergraduate degree in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Education, or related social science with a GPA of 2.75/4.0 or higher. Students admitted as probationary must complete nine semester credits of introductory Counseling courses at the Graduate level with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher to gain unconditional admittance to the program.
  5. Pass a Criminal Background Check.

Please contact the Graduate Studies office to obtain admission packets specific to each degree.

Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling Requirements Top of Page

The University of Wisconsin-Superior, through the Guidance and Counseling Program of the Educational Leadership Department, offers professional training which leads to a Master of Science in Education Degree (M.S.E.) in Guidance and Counseling. The program is designed for those individuals who seek advanced professional training in various occupations in the fields of Counseling. There are three tracks within the program, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Each track is an integration of academic foundations and professional skills training and is directed at developing a qualified and specialized professional. In order to accommodate working adults, the Guidance and Counseling Program runs on a semester rotation: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the Guidance and Counseling Graduate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Superior begins with an online application for admission through a central University of Wisconsin process.

In addition to the application to the Office of Graduate Studies, the application to the Guidance and Counseling Program must contain:

  1. Resume and Letter of Intent addressing; 1. Service to community 2. Volunteer work 3. Commitment to others 4. Work and professional goals 5. Areas which the applicant considers to be his or her strengths or weaknesses.
  2. Three letters of reference (one or two academic letters from post-secondary instructors and one or two employment letters) that speak to the candidate's ability to succeed in graduate school.
  3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work;
  4. An undergraduate degree in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Education, or related social science with a GPA of 2.75/4.0 or higher. Students admitted as probationary must complete nine semester credits of introductory Counseling courses at the Graduate level with a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher to gain unconditional admittance to the program;
  5. Pass a Criminal Background Check.

Please contact the Graduate Studies office to obtain admission packets specific to each degree.

Guidance & Counseling M.S.E. Requirements:

The M.S.E. in Guidance and Counseling is designed for individuals who seek to provide direct human service in a variety of settings within a pluralistic society. Central to the Counseling program is the preparation of professionals in three major counseling functions, which include:

  • Prevention of personal and interpersonal problems;
  • Fostering of optimal human development; and
  • Remediation of existing social-emotional-developmental concerns.

The Counseling degree is comprised of a minimum of 48 graduate semester credits of prescribed graduate-level courses, specific to the student's area of specialization. Students are required to take a clinical concentration in one of the following: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling,or Marriage and Family Therapy. Because this is a state licensure program, modifications can occur at any time to maintain alignment with state law and accreditation standards. Up-to-date information will be provided on request.

The Counseling program is designed to meet State of Wisconsin Licensure requirements. Students considering work in other states are encouraged to get the specifics of that particular state. The Counseling program is aligned with state and national accreditation standards and prepares students for licensure eligibility.

For additional information regarding the Counseling program, contact Dr. John B. Paul, Swenson 2060, (715) 394-8151, or http://www.uwsuper.edu/graduate.Once in the program, students will develop a program plan of study with an advisor after the first nine credits of graduate work.

Up to 60 total credits are required for this major, depending on the specific track chosen.

Guidance & Counseling core course requirements (39 credits required plus one of the tracks listed below):

Counseling Theories -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Counseling -- 3.00 credits
Pre-practicum -- 3.00 credits
Family Counseling -- 3.00 credits
Behavior Modification -- 3.00 credits
Career Counseling -- 3.00 credits
Multi-Cultural Counseling -- 3.00 credits
Ethics in Professional Counseling -- 3.00 credits
Practicum -- 3.00 credits
Group Counseling -- 3.00 credits
Internship-School (preK-12) -- 2.00 - 4.00 credits
Internship-Community Counseling -- 2.00 - 4.00 credits
Introduction to Assessment -- 3.00 credits
Practicum -- 3.00 credits

Clinical Mental Health Track courses (9 credits required):

Human Growth and Development -- 3.00 credits
Chemical Dependency and the Family -- 3.00 credits
Psychopathology -- 3.00 credits

School Counseling Track courses (12 credits required):
(Passing scores on the Praxis II are required for graduation for school certification.)

Organization and Administration of School Guidance and Other Pupil Services -- 3.00 credits
Counseling Children -- 3.00 credits
Counseling Adolescents -- 3.00 credits
Developmental Guidance and Counseling -- 3.00 credits

Marriage and Family Therapy Track courses (21 credits required):

Family Group Systems -- 3.00 credits
Couple and Marital Counseling -- 3.00 credits
Family Crisis Intervention -- 3.00 credits
Human Growth and Development -- 3.00 credits
Chemical Dependency and the Family -- 3.00 credits
Counseling and Human Sexuality -- 3.00 credits
Psychopathology -- 3.00 credits

The Internship in Counseling requires 600 hours of community- or school-based practice in skill applications within the student's chosen concentration. 240 hours of this internship are direct-service hours. A Marriage and Family Therapy is 600 hours 300 of which are direct service hours. 150 of these must be with couples or families. This is carried out under the supervision of a licensed site supervisor in cooperation with the university advisor. The Internship experience is supported by regular class and advisor meetings to discuss and integrate experiences. More extensive guidelines related to the internship are available upon request.


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