Academic Credit Programs

The Center for Continuing Education offers courses for undergraduate and graduate academic credit for current UW-Superior students and others who want to take courses for credit. In addition to individual courses, we offer professional certificates that can enhance students’ credentials and expand their career options.

Many continuing education credit programs are available in a non-credit basis. For more information and for non-credit fees please contact conted@uwsuper.edu.

American Sign Language

WLLC 101: Beginning American Sign Language & Culture – A Continuing Education Course   

This is the first in a two-semester sequence of beginning American Sign Language (ASL) and Culture; students in this class learn vocabulary, basic sentence structures and patterns; develop basic sign communication, and are introduced to the foundations of American Deaf Culture and its components. Focus is on receptive and expressive skills. Semester I will cover units 1-4 in the Signing Naturally curriculum.    

Topics Covered:

  • Introducing Yourself
  • Exchanging Personal Information
  • Discussing Living Situations
  • Talking About Family

“Signing Naturally” curriculum outline:

After completing units 1-4 in the curriculum, students will be able to:

  • Communicate in American Sign Language
  • Appreciate American Deaf Culture
  • Use American Sign Language to connect with other disciplines and get information
  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture
  • Use American Sign Language to participate in communities at home and around the world

WLLC 102: Beginning American Sign Language & Culture II – A Continuing Education Course 

This is the second course in a two-semester sequence of beginning American Sign Language (ASL) and Culture; students in this class will continue to learn vocabulary, expand on basic sentence structures and patterns, expand on the sign communication they learned from semester I, and continue to expand on their knowledge of the foundations of American Deaf Culture and its components. The course focuses on strengthening receptive and expressive skills. Semester II will cover units 5-8 in the Signing Naturally curriculum.

Topics Covered:

  • Telling About Activities
  • Storytelling
  • Describing People and Things
  • Making Requests
  • Asking for Advice

“Signing Naturally” curriculum outline:

After completing units 5-8 in the curriculum, students will be able to: 

  • Communicate in American Sign Language
  • Appreciate American Deaf Culture
  • Use American Sign Language to connect with other disciplines and get information
  • Develop insight into the nature of language and culture
  • Use American Sign Language to participate in communities at home and around the world

Criminal Justice Paralegal Certificate

Are you interested in working in criminal law-related settings? This certificate might be for you! The Criminal Justice Paralegal Certificate will help build your foundational legal knowledge with particular emphasis on criminal law contexts. You will develop paralegal skills that can cultivate a base of knowledge to use in a variety of ways. 

Certificate Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the law, including legal processes, reading and analyzing legal texts, and legal research and writing, with additional emphasis on criminal law.
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the field of paralegalism, such as assisting in trial preparation, interviewing clients and witnesses, preparing comprehensive reports and letters, preparing discovery documents, and understanding the ethical issues surrounding the profession.
  • Apply legal foundational knowledge to real-world settings through internship experiences.

Certificate Requirements

Students who enroll in the Criminal Justice Paralegal Certificate Program must complete 29 credits listed below. Students must also earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in certificate courses. 

Required core courses (14 credits):

  • LSTU 115 – Law and Human Behavior (3)
  • LSTU 117 – Introduction to Paralegalism and Ethics (3)
  • LSTU 305 – Methods of Legal Research (3)
  • LSTU 306 – Methods of Legal Writing (3) (Prerequisite: LSTU 305)
  • LSTU 223 – Family Law (2)

Required Criminal Justice concentrated courses (9 credits):

  • CJUS 210 – Criminal Procedure and Evidence (3)
  • CJUS 211 – Criminal Law (3)
  • CJUS 212 – Managing Criminal Investigations (3)

Required skills courses (6 credits):

  • CJUS 491 – Applied Criminal Justice (3) with a special additional analysis section related to paralegal opportunities in the student’s CJUS internship placement
  • LSTU 261 – Contemporary Issues Law and Society (3)

English as a Second Language

ESL 131: Reading Academic Texts

Academic reading and vocabulary development for advanced-level ESL students. Texts include adapted and un-adapted textbook chapters and magazine and journal articles, both in print and online. Students should expect to do a great deal of reading and vocabulary work independently, outside of class, and will need to become comfortable using the UWS library database.

  • Students placed into ESL courses must take these courses in their first semester at UWS. 
  • Students must pass with a C- or better. 
  • Open only to non-native speakers of English through the UW-Superior ESL Placement test or with instructor permission.

This course will focus on improving both your reading English language skills and your ability to understand and respond to reading assignments in American college classes.

ESL 132: Writing for Academic English

English grammar and composition for academic purposes. Includes advanced grammar, critical reading, research skills, rhetorical approaches to a topic, writing processes, organization of content, re-writing and editing.

  • Students placed into ESL courses must take these courses in their first semester at UWS. 
  • Students must pass with a C- or better. 
  • Open only to non-native speakers of English through the UW-Superior ESL Placement test or with instructor permission.

This course will focus on improving both your written English language skills and your ability to understand and respond to writing assignments in American college classes.

ESL 133: Listening to Academic English

Structured practice in listening and note-taking using university lectures and a variety of other academic presentations. Focuses on lecture organization, language cues and academic vocabulary.

  • Students placed into ESL courses must take these courses in their first semester at UWS. 
  • Students must pass with a C- or better. 
  • Open only to non-native speakers of English through the UW-Superior ESL Placement test or with instructor permission.

This course will focus on improving your understanding of academic lectures and discussions and your ability to take accurate and useful notes on lectures and presentations.

ESL 134:  Speaking for Academic Purposes

Guided practice in developing elements of clear speech for advanced-level ESL students. Emphasis on pronunciation, discussion skills, and effective individual and group presentations. Open only to non-native speakers of English through the UW-Superior ESL Placement test or with instructor permission.

  • Students placed into ESL courses must take these courses in their first semester at UWS. 
  • Students must pass with a C- or better. 
  • Open only to non-native speakers of English through the UW-Superior ESL Placement test or with instructor permission.

This course will focus on improving your English language speaking skills for both small group discussions and presentations in American college classes.

Ethical Leadership Certificate

Effective leadership is vital to organizational success and employee satisfaction. Considering this, it is not surprising that the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) consistently lists leadership as a top attribute that employers are seeking. Not only can developing your leadership skills enhance your opportunities, but it can also create valuable tools for you to use right now! You will be able to expand your emotional intelligence, articulate a moral code, and build ethically grounded leadership skills enhancing successful leadership in any setting. 

Certificate Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the roles emotional intelligence and empathy play in effective leadership.
  • Demonstrate enhanced communication, critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of leadership styles, ethical principles, and core values.
  • Apply ethical decision-making to real world settings.

Certificate Requirements 

Students must successfully complete both courses listed below. Credit-seeking students must also earn at least a 2.0 in each certificate course.

Required Courses (Courses may be taken individually)

  • IDS 220: Emotional Intelligence (3 credits or non-credit).
  • IDS 320: Ethical Leadership (3 credits or non-credit).

Ethical Policing Certificate

As a future criminal justice professional, or someone who is interested in the criminal justice system, do you want to make a positive difference in your organization and the communities you serve? This three-credit certificate will help you enhance your communication and stress management skills; increase self-awareness and emotional intelligence; develop the ability to recognize ethical dilemmas and implicit biases; and build skills in ethically grounded organizational culture and leadership within law enforcement. The 3 one-credit certificate courses are taught by Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander.

Certificate Learning Objectives:

  • Identify accountability measures that support the development of ethical practices and competencies in all levels of law enforcement.
  • Recognize dynamics of organizational cultures, understand how they got to be that way, and identify strategies for change.
  • Understand the concept of implicit bias and demonstrate the ability to regulate it within the context of law enforcement.
  • Recognize the role of communication in police-community interactions and practice and apply effective communication techniques.
  • Understand officer misconduct and use-of-force and the implications for law enforcement and society.
  • Develop leadership strategies that support positive outcomes for the department and the community. 

Certificate Requirements:

Students are required to complete all three courses listed below to receive their Certificate in Ethical Policing. To successfully complete this certificate for credit, students must also earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in each certificate course.

Required Courses:

  • CJUS 325 (901): Foundations of Ethical Policing
    This is the first in a series of three undergraduate courses that explore and develop capacity in ethical policing. A student who successfully completes all three courses with a minimum of 2.0 GPA will receive the Certificate in Ethical Policing. The focus in this course will be on understanding ethics in the context of law enforcement; using the Law Enforcement Personal Profile © to gain self-awareness into personality styles and how that can impact officer interactions; and understanding implicit bias, including one’s own biases and the implications for the profession.
  • CJUS 326 (902): Issues in Ethical Policing
    This is the second in a series of three undergraduate courses that explore and develop capacity in ethical policing. A student who successfully completes all three courses with a minimum of 2.0 GPA will receive the Certificate in Ethical Policing. The focus in this course will be on communication skills such as de-escalation, positive engagement, and managing power in effective communication; trauma-informed policing, resilience and stress management among officers; and exploring officer misconduct, use-of-force, and common ethical dilemmas. 
  • CJUS 327 (903): Leadership in Ethical Policing
    This is the final course in a series of three undergraduate courses that explore and develop capacity in ethical policing. A student who successfully completes all three courses with a minimum of 2.0 GPA will receive the Certificate in Ethical Policing. The focus in this course will be on supervision and leadership and creating a healthy organizational culture of support, respect and accountability within law enforcement. 

Health Coaching

This certificate will boost your ability to help others meet their goals, whether you work in health care, a fitness center, an employee wellness program, or another related occupation. It will introduce you to a wide spectrum of health and behavioral concepts with focus on: behavioral science, nutrition, kinesiology, exercise science, screening and fitness assessments, client program design, and legal and ethical concerns related to allied health professions. You will gain the knowledge required of an entry level health coach. Upon completion, you will have met the main requirement to take the exam to become a certified health coach. Discussions with other students and your instructor and weekly assignments are all online and can be completed at times convenient for you.

Boost your current professional credentials immediately with the option to add an additional certification.

  • Do all the course work in the comfort of your own home or office at the times most convenient for you
  • Receive instructor assistance and feedback throughout the course
  • Engage in discussions online with fellow student
  • Upon satisfactory completion (and meeting exam requirements) you will be  eligible to take the certification exam to become an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Health Coach
  • Instructor assistance available to help you prepare for the certification exam if you decide to take it
  • Students will gain the knowledge required of an entry level health coach


Program is offered each summer mid May through August. Interactive discussions among students and the instructor and weekly assignments are all online and can be completed at times best for student.

90 contact hours/9.0 CEUs

Fee: $599 (plus required textbook)

Human Resource Management Certificate

Are you looking to develop a solid foundation in the field of human resources? If so, this certificate is for you! This certificate will help you build a practical base of knowledge in human resources that is beneficial for a variety of positions or professional settings. You will learn the core aspects of human resource management and topics integral to developing a fundamental understanding of the field. You will learn from respected regional experts and network with other HR professionals. *We offer CEUs upon request.* 

Certificate Requirements

This certificate is comprised of 7 workshops. The workshops include: Foundations of Human Resources; Performance Management; Talent Acquisition; Employee Engagement; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Total Compensation; and HR Compliance. You will be eligible to receive the certificate upon completion of all workshops within a 2-year period.

Credit-seeking students can take this certificate for three academic credits by enrolling in the course BUS 499 (Section 915), completing the required coursework and attending all workshops. Students must earn a minimum 2.0 GPA in the certificate course (BUS 499, 915).

Certificate Fees

UW-Superior students seeking academic credit will pay tuition in addition to workshop fees. Email conted@uwsuper.edu for more information on student pricing for workshops. 

Workshops (may be taken together or individually):

Foundations of Human Resources

Performance Management

Talent Acquisition

Employee Engagement

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

Total Compensation

HR Compliance

Introduction to Mindfulness

This experiential course is designed for those that are looking to start their mindfulness journey or are looking to refine their practice. Participants will learn the principles of practice, develop their own meditation practice, and apply these principles to their daily life. This class will also dive deep into learning strategies to skillfully work with thoughts, emotions, and sensations, while developing their capacity to enhance mind-body awareness of present-moment experiences. Theory and research are a main component to making this course beneficial to all who register. This course is taught by two employees of Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being.  

Those who practice mindfulness have reported one or more of the following:  

  • Lasting improvements in physical and psychological symptoms 
  • Increased ability to stay calm and think more clearly 
  • Increased self-awareness 
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life 
  • Reduction in pain levels and/or enhanced ability to cope with pain 
  • Improved self-esteem and self-confidence 
  • Ability to cope more effectively with short and long-term stressful situations

Mediation Certificate

Most of us will experience workplace conflict, and those in supervisory positions will spend a significant amount of time trying to manage it. It’s not surprising then, that being able to effectively resolve those difficult situations is a valuable skill to have and one sought after by many employers. 

As the region’s premiere resource in mediation training, the Center for Continuing Education provides the opportunity to develop this invaluable skillset with curriculum and applied practice that aligns with Minnesota Rule 114 requirements. Completing both certificate courses will satisfy Rule 114 requirements for civil (30 hours) or family law (40 hours) facilitative mediation rosters.

Certificate Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate understanding of ethics and ethical issues in mediation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of domestic abuse issues, including definition of battery and types of power imbalances; domestic abuse screening that includes simulation and role-plays; and, legal issues related to domestic abuse cases.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of conflict resolution and mediation theory, components of the mediation process, mediator conduct, and the rules, statuses, and practices governing mediation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of psychological issues related to separation, divorce and family dynamics; issues and needs of children in divorce; family law; and, family economics.
  • Demonstrate mediation skills and techniques through experiential learning and role-plays.

Certificate Requirements

Students are required to complete both courses listed below to receive their Mediation Certificate. To successfully complete this certificate for credit, students must also earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in each certificate course. 

Required Courses

  • MEDI 472, Civil Law Mediation (2 credits or non-credit) | via Zoom
  • MEDI 471, Family Law Mediation (3 credits or non-credit) | via Zoom

Paralegal Certificate

In today’s market, there is increased emphasis on hiring paralegals for a variety of legal and law-related settings. Our Paralegal Certificate Program has a strong reputation as a leader in providing paralegal professionals to the legal community. This certificate will provide you with foundational and substantive legal knowledge and practical paralegal skill development. In addition, developing strong and wide-ranging competencies in areas such as written and verbal communication and critical-thinking can boost your success in any setting. 

Certificate Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the law, including legal processes, reading and analyzing legal texts, legal research and writing, and criminal and civil legal systems.
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the field of paralegalism, such as assisting in trial preparation, interviewing clients and witnesses, preparing comprehensive reports and letters, preparing discovery documents, and the ethical issues surrounding the profession.
  • Apply legal foundational knowledge to real world settings through internship experiences.

Requirements

Students who enroll in the Paralegal Certificate Program must complete 30 credits of the required courses listed below. Students must also earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in certificate courses. 

Required Core Courses (18 credits total):

  • LSTU 115 – Law and Human Behavior (3)
  • LSTU 117 – Paralegalism and Ethics (3)
  • LSTU 220 – Civil Procedure (3)
  • LSTU 305 – Methods of Legal Research and Writing (3)
  • LSTU 306 – Methods of Legal Writing and Argumentation (3) (Prerequisite: LSTU 305)
  • LSTU 485 – Internship Capstone Experience (3)

Electives (12 credits total):

3 Credits from Category 1 – Criminal Law

  • LSTU 210 – Criminal Procedure and Evidence (3)
  • LSTU 211 – Criminal Law (3)
  • LSTU 212 – Managing Criminal Investigations (3)

6 Credits from Category 2 – Substantive Law

  • LSTU 221 – Administrative Law (2)
  • LSTU 223 – Family Law (2)
  • LSTU 224 – Litigation (2)
  • LSTU 228 – Contract Law (2)

3 Credits from Category 3 – Skills Development

  • LSTU 261 – Contemporary Issues Law and Society (3)
  • LSTU 268 – Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)

Science of Brewing Certificate

Science of Brewing I | Fall Semester
Science of Brewing II | Spring Semester

Whether you’re an experienced homebrewer or looking to start, our new Science of Brewing Certificate provides a hands-on educational opportunity to delve into the science behind your favorite brews and apply it to the brewing process through in-depth chemical analysis. Come join our UW-Superior faculty and students to learn how to brew that perfect pint of beer! Must be 21+. To receive the Science of Brewing Certificate, participants must successfully complete both courses.  

Science of Brewing Sampler

This virtual course is for anyone 21 years or older with an interest in beer and science. The first few sessions will focus on a variety of brewing topics, including the history of beer making, basic brew ingredients, discussion of the brewing process, and the parameters (aroma, flavor, color, mouthfeel) that define differences in beer styles. Then, each following week, we’ll highlight a particular beer style through sampling, discussion, and reflection, focusing on how modification of the recipes, brewing process, and brewing ingredients produces each unique style. 

Sustainable Management

Make the connection between business and organizations, environmental science, and social systems. Students with a wide range of work experience and education have found success in the program and are making a difference in the world today.

Substance Abuse Counselor Program

Interested in becoming a substance abuse counselor? This completely online, pre-credential education program sets you on the path for a substance abuse counselor career. Our substance abuse counseling program is approved by the State of Wisconsin and fulfills all requirements (360 hours of comprehensive specialized education) necessary to sit for the licensing exam. You could complete the program in less than a year and move into a new career.

(September – December, January – May, and May – August).

Continuing Education Credit Class Schedules

Ways to Register

ONLINE: If you have previously enrolled in classes at UW-Superior or are a current student, enroll online through E-Hive.

EMAIL: Conted@uwsuper.edu for information on registering as a non-degree seeking student.

CALL: (715) 394-8469 for information on registration.

MAIL: Download a printable credit registration form. Send your completed form, with payment, to:

NON-CREDIT: Many continuing education credit programs are available in a non-credit basis. For more information and for non-credit fees please contact conted@uwsuper.edu.

University of Wisconsin-Superior
Center for Continuing Education
Attn: Continuing Education
Belknap and Catlin, PO Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880-4500

ON CAMPUS: Visit the Center for Continuing Education located in Old Main 102.

“Special Students” (not currently enrolled at UW-Superior): Fill out a Registration Form and return to:

University of Wisconsin-Superior
Center for Continuing Education
Attn:  Continuing Education
Belknap and Catlin, P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880

Minnesota Reciprocity

The Minnesota-Wisconsin Reciprocity Agreement enables Minnesota residents attending UW-Superior to pay the same tuition rate they would pay at a similar state institution in Minnesota. This offers a substantial savings over the nonresident fee.

To take part in this program, Minnesota students must file for and receive reciprocity before the end of their first semester of enrollment. It is recommended that students file for reciprocity before the semester starts or as early as possible. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for reciprocity. Failure to apply for and receive reciprocity will cause the student to be liable for paying nonresident tuition and fees.

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education requests that students apply online for Minnesota Reciprocity.

Questions about eligibility, the application process, or technical assistance should be directed to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education at (800) 657-3866 .

CE Credit Course Fees

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT FEES

CreditsWI ResidentMN ReciprocityNon-Resident
1$284.40$361.77$614.14
2$568.80$723.54$1,228.28
3$853.20$1,085.31$1,842.42

CONTINUING EDUCATION GRADUATE CREDIT FEES

CreditsWI ResidentMN ReciprocityNon-Resident
1$424.47$678.72$931.74
2$848.94$1,357.44$1,863.48
3$1,273.41$2,036.16$2,795.22

Online CE Credit Course Fees

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNDERGRADUATE ONLINE FEES

CreditsAll Students
1$379.00 ($319.00 + $60 Technology Fee)
2$698.00 ($638.00 + $60 Technology Fee)
3$1,017.00 ($957.00 + $60 Technology Fee)

CONTINUING EDUCATION GRADUATE ONLINE FEES

CreditsAll Students
1$650.00 ($590.00 + $60 Technology Fee)
2$1,240.00 ($1,180.00 + $60 Technology Fee)
3$1,830.00 ($1,770.00 + $60 Technology Fee)