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Educational Leadership


2010-2012 Catalog

Educational Leadership

Educational Administration Top of Page

The Educational Leadership Department (EDLD) offices are located in McCaskill Hall. Interested graduate students may contact the department chair in McCaskill Hall 104; call (715) 394-8009; FAX at (715) 394-8146; or view the department's website at http://www.uwsuper.edu/edad/

Graduate Faculty

Dr. Jennifer E. Christensen, Assistant Professor 
Dr. Orvin Clark, Associate Professor
Dr. James M. Geidner, Assistant professor, Counseling Programs,Unit Head
Dr. Suzanne Griffith, Professor
Terri Kronzer, Associate Professor, Interim Chair
John Paul, Senior Lecturer
Dr. Catherine Pulkinen, Assistant Professor
Dr. Rhoda Robinson, Associate Professor


Contributing Graduate Faculty 

Dr. RoseMary Doyle
Steve Murley
William Pelkey
Sally Pernu
Dr. Kenneth Redding
Dr. James Sauter
Dr. Lanny Tibaldo
Chad Trowbridge
Dr. Dee Wells


Graduate Faculty Emeriti

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

Educational Administration

The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers graduate, certification and post-graduate academic programs which lead to the Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) Degree, licensure and the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.). The programs 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)  

Distance Education Program Delivery 
The Educational Administration program during the academic year offers graduate coursework for both the master's and specialist degrees at off-campus outreach sites directly on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campuses. Typically 10 graduate coursework offerings are provided in each of the fall and spring semesters. This outreach is further enhanced by graduate coursework transfer agreements with the UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Madison.

The Educational Administration program also provides graduate coursework via an extensive array of instructional delivery systems, including fiber optics; synchronous and asynchronous internet-based; and weekend offerings. Additionally, coursework is offered in the evenings to better meet the needs of fully employed professionals.

Further, the Educational Administration program provides a variety of professional development graduate outreach coursework opportunities for practicing school administrators throughout northern Wisconsin via the externship. Saturday course-scheduling formats are used at various locations for all programs.  

Fred N. Johnston Scholarships 
The Educational Administration Department has the opportunity to award scholarships to graduate students unconditionally admitted to the department. The scholarships are restricted to degree-seeking graduate students, so certification-only graduate students are not eligible. Students should contact their advisor for application requirements and materials. 

Robert D. Krey Research and Scholarly Awards 
The Educational Administration Department has the opportunity to blind review one research and one scholarly work submission for these awards, which include a professional and varied monetary award. The awards are available to any graduate student. Students should contact their advisor for application requirements and materials.

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 Department's 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 Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) 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 the educational administrative process and educational leadership application to selected administrative positions.
  2. Advanced graduate coursework required to meet professional certification standards.
  3. The necessary 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. 

Additional 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. Three years of experience is required prior to administrative endorsement by the UW-Superior Certification Office. An applicant for Superintendent license shall hold or be eligible to hold a principal license. 

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
All graduate students completing the M.S.E. degree in Educational Administration in all areas must successfully complete a minimum of 33 semester credits of graduate coursework 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 ISLLC 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 Department 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 Department 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: 

  1. Educational Administration Department's Knowledge Base Theme.
  2. Area of Specialization Core Coursework.
  3. Year-long, three- to six-credit practicum of a minimum of 320 hours in one's area of  specialization     
  4. Comprehensive examination in one's area of specialization.
  5. 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                                                      

EDAD 700      Leadership -- 3 credits
EDAD 720      School Business Administration -- 3 credits
EDAD 741      Conflict Resolution and Mediation -- 3 credits
EDAD 750      School Law -- 3 credits
EDAD 760      Series Practicum in area of specialization -- 3-6 credits
EDAD 768      Applied Research in Educational Administration -- 3 credits

2.         Specialization Core Coursework

A.         PK-12 Director of Instruction (12 semester credits)

            EDAD 701      The Director of Instruction -- 3 credits  
            EDAD 710      Supervision of Instruction -- 3 credits
            EDAD 711      Curriculum Management and Development K-12 -- 3 credits
            EDAD 730      Administration and Supervision of Special Education -- 3 credits
            or                            
            EDAD 731      Administration and Supervision Pupil Services -- 3 credits

 B.        Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (12 semester credits)

            EDAD 710      Supervision of Instruction --3 credits
            EDAD 711      Curriculum Management and Development K-12 -- 3 credits   
            EDAD 730      Administration and Supervision of Special Education -- 3 credits
            EDAD 731      Administration and Supervision of Pupil Services -- 3 credits
            or
            EDAD 832      Special Education Law -- 3 credits

C.        PK-12 Principalship (12 semester credits)

EDAD 710      Supervision of Instruction -- 3 credits
EDAD 711      Curriculum Management and Development K-12 -- 3 credits
EDAD 721      The Principalship -- 3 credits
EDAD 730      Administration and Supervision of Special Education -- 3 credits
or
EDAD 731      Administration and Supervision of Pupil Services -- 3 credits

D.        School Business Administrator (15 semester credits)

EDAD 810      School Human Resources -- 3 credits    
EDAD 825      Facilities Planning and Utilization -- 3 credits
EDAD 830      Diverse School Community Relations -- 3 credits
EDAD 850      Finance and Taxation -- 3 credits
EDAD 854      Advanced Budgeting -- 3 credits          

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 nine 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. 

ISLLC Standards-Based Professional Development For School Leaders

Knowledges -- Dispositions -- Performances

ISLLC Standards Coursework
The student is required to meet all six ISLLC standards; however, one or more of the above prescribed course requirements may be substituted by the student's advisor if the substitution meets the ISLLC standard. Each EDAD course is designed to meet one ISLLC 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.

ISLLC 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.

ISLLC 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.

ISLLC 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.

ISLLC 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.

ISLLC 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.

ISLLC 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.

Council of Chief State School Officers. (2000). Collaborative professional development process for school leaders: The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium. Washington, DC: Author.


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

Commencement Participation
The Educational Administration Department requires M.S.E. degree graduates to participate in the UW-Superior Commencement ceremony held in May of the student's graduation.

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 18 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 18 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 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 on the UW-Superior campus prior to course registration. Enrolled students are also expected to attend two internship seminars held at locations throughout UW-Superior's service region.

Thesis Requirement 
Once the provost 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 high-quality bound 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 on bond paper, in leather binding 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 - original bound 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.
  3. Completion of additional ISLLC standards coursework. 

1.         Educational Administration Knowledge Base Theme

EDAD 851      Politics in Education -- 3 credits
EDAD 860      Series Internship in area of specialization -- 6 credits
EDAD 865      Statistical Methods of Research -- 3 credits
EDAD 867      The Ed.S. Thesis -- 6 credits
EDAD 866      Advanced Administrative Analysis * -- 3 credits

*Replaces EDAD 867 requirement for certification-only candidates

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

2.         Specialization Core Coursework (9 semester credits) 

A.        PK-12 Director of Instruction (9 semester credits)

            EDAD 701      The Director of Instruction -- 3 credits
            EDAD 710      Supervision of Instruction -- 3 credits
            EDAD 711      Curriculum Management and Development K-12--  3 credits 

B.         Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (9 semester credits)

            EDAD 730      Administration and Supervision of Special Education -- 3 credits
            EDAD 731      Administration and Supervision of Pupil Services -- 3 credits
            EDAD 832      Special Education Law -- 3

C.        PK-12 Principalship (9 semester credits)

            EDAD 710      Supervision of Instruction -- 3 credits  
            EDAD 711      Curriculum Management and Development K-12 -- 3 credits
            EDAD 721      The Principalship -- 3 credits         

 D.       School Business Administrator (9 credits)

            EDAD 823      Education Budget and Accounting -- 3 credits
            EDAD 850      Finance and Taxation -- 3 credits
            EDAD 854      Advanced Budgeting -- 3 credits

E.         The Superintendency (9 semester credits)

            EDAD 820      Superintendency -- 3 credits
            EDAD 850      Finance and Taxation -- 3 credits
            EDAD 842      Ethics -- 3 credits

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

3.         ISLLC Standards Coursework (6 semester credits)

Postgraduate students are required to meet all six ISLLC standards through various selected coursework with their advisor. Each EDAD course is designed to meet one ISLLC standard. Courses are numerically assigned to comply with a standard and are listed below 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 ISLLC 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.

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 (http://www.uwsuper.edu/catalog/graduate/). This responsibility extends to any additional and specified academic and/or approved program requirements of the Educational Administration Department. 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 Department'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.  

Plan of Study
The Ed.S. graduate student shall consult with his or her graduate faculty advisor to obtain an approved Plan of Study.

Other Ed.S. Requirements
The Ed.S. graduate student shall have: 

  1. A cumulative B (3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale)
  2. A minimum score of 396 on the Miller's Analogies Test (MAT) or 145 on the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 
  3. Completion of EDAD 768 Applied Research in Educational Administration.           

The Ed.S. graduate student shall complete: 

  1. A comprehensive examination in one's area of specialization.
  2. An e-portfolio with written reflection and artifacts for each standard.

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 Department 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 Administration 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 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.

Human Development Programs Top of Page

The University of Wisconsin-Superior, through the Human Development Programs 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 or Special Education. The Human Development Programs design graduate programs for those individuals who seek advanced professional training in various occupations in the fields of Counseling or Special Education. Each program is an integration of academic foundations and professional skills training which is directed at developing a qualified and specialized professional. In order to accommodate working adults, the Human Development Programs run on a three-semester rotation: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Coursework is offered in a variety of formats including face-to-face, online, and hybrid, and through interactive television sites throughout the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Passing scores on the Praxis II exam and electronic portfolios are required for graduation for all school certification programs.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the Human Development Programs begins with application for admission to Graduate Studies sent through the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Belknap & Catlin, P.O. Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880-4500, or by calling (715) 394-8295, or online at http://www.uwsuper.edu/graduate.

In addition to the application to the Office of Graduate Studies, the application for admission to the Human Development Programs must contain:

  1. 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;
  2. A typewritten Autobiographical Essay (1,000 words or less);
  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 3.0/4.0 or higher. Students admitted as probationary must complete nine semester credits of Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Education, or related social science at the Graduate level with a GPA of 3.5/4.0 or higher to gain unconditional admittance to the program;
  5. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogy test (MAT);
  6. Applicant Interview;
  7. National Criminal Background Check; 
  8.  Negative TB Test (Mantoux); 
  9. Current teaching license (for applicants interested in obtaining state licensure in MC-EA, EA-A Special Education). 

Please contact the Graduate Studies office to obtain admission packets specific to each degree. Application deadlines are April 1 for Summer admission, July 1 for Fall admission, and November 1 for Spring admission.

 

Guidance and Counseling Top of Page

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 64 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: Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling; School Counseling; Early Childhood Mental Health; Disability; or Family and Marriage 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 as a Mental Health Counselor 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. James M. Geidner, McCaskill 111A, (715) 394-8390, jgeidner@uwsuper.edu, or go to the program web page at http://www.uwsuper.edu/graduate/. Once in the program, students will develop a program plan of study with the advisor after the first nine credits of graduate work.

Guidance and Counseling Coursework
COUN 702      Theories of Counseling -- 3 credits
COUN 704      Introduction to Counseling --3 credits
TED 750         Research Methods --3 credits
COUN 760      Assessment --3 credits
EDAD 865      Statistics^ -- 3 credits
COUN 730      Human Growth and Development -- 3 credits
COUN 710      Neurocognition -- 3 credits
COUN 706      Pre-Practicum  -- 3 credits
COUN 712      Family Counseling -- 3 credits
COUN 724      Behavior Modification -- 3 credits
COUN 728      Career Counseling -- 3 credits
COUN 734      Chemical Dependency and the Family -- 3 credits
COUN 738      Multi-Cultural Counseling -- 3 credits
COUN 742      Psychopathology -- 3 credits
COUN 746      Ethics in Professional Counseling -- 3 credits
COUN 752      Group Counseling -- 3 credits
COUN 750      Practicum -- 3 credits
COUN 756      Internship (School) -- 3 credits
COUN 758      Internship (Community) -- 3 credits
TED 752         Thesis Supervision* -- 3 credits 

Plus nine to 12 credits of a clinical concentration

^ if no undergrad stats class completed with a grade of B- or better

Clinical Concentrations

Clinical Mental Health
COUN 721      Play -- 3 credits
COUN 744      Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling -- 3 credits
ELECTIVE      Choose from list -- 3 credits

Family and Marriage Therapy
COUN 714      Family Group Systems -- 3 credits
COUN 716      Couples and Marital Counseling -- 3 credits
COUN 718      Family Mediation/Crisis Intervention -- 3 credits
COUN 740      Counseling and Human Sexuality -- 3 credits

Early Childhood Mental Health
SPED 782       Service Delivery and Consultation -- 3 credits
COUN 721      Play -- 3 credits
ELECTIVE       Choose from list -- 3 credits

Disability
SPED 797       Contemporary Issues and Transitions -- 3 credits
ELECTIVE       Choose from list -- 3 credits
ELECTIVE       Choose from list -- 3 credits

School
COUN 708      Organization of School Guidance -- 3 credits
COUN 720      Counseling Children -- 3 credits
COUN 722      Counseling Adolescents -- 3 credits
EDAD 711      Curriculum  and Instruction -- 3 credits

*Passing scores on the Praxis II are required for graduation.

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. This is carried out under the supervision of a site supervisor in cooperation with the university advisor. The Internship experience is supported by weekly class and advisor meetings to discuss and integrate experiences. More extensive guidelines related to the internship are available upon request.

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The M.S.E. in Special Education is designed for professionals who wish to pursue graduate work in the field of Special Education or Early Childhood Special Education.

The M.S.E. Special Education degree without certification for licensure is designed for practicing teachers who want to increase their knowledge about and improve their skills for working with students who have special needs. The degree is specifically designed for regular education teachers who have students with special needs included in their classrooms and wish to gain new knowledge and skills for working with these students. The student will work with the advisor to draft a program of study appropriate for this degree from the existing Human Development Programs course offerings, including electives. A minimum of 30 graduate credits including a research thesis is required.

The M.S.E. Special Education degree without certification for licensure with the Early Childhood strand is designed for current practitioners in the Early Childhood field who wish to expand their knowledge base. A minimum of 34 graduate credits including a research thesis is required.

The M.S.E. Special Education degree with Certification for Licensure is designed for practicing teachers who want to work directly with children who have special needs. Preparation is included for working in self-contained classrooms, resource rooms, inclusion classrooms, and working collaboratively with regular education teachers. Based on licensure desired, students choose one or more disability area(s) for concentration and one or more age groups (elementary/secondary). The program is appropriate for elementary, secondary, or K-12 teachers, and can lead to cross-categorical special education certification for licensure by the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Since the program must meet current DPI standards, program requirements are subject to change. Up-to-date information will be provided upon request. A minimum of 36 graduate credits including a research thesis is required.

Certification Programs for Special Education Licensure

The University of Wisconsin-Superior Special Education program offers courses approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for certification for licensure as a special education teacher. The program leads to certification for licensure in one or more of the following areas:

1. Cross-Categorical Special Education with a concentration in one of the following:

a. Learning Disabilities;

b. Cognitive Disabilities;

c. Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities;

2. Categorical Special Education in the area of Learning Disabilities;

3. Categorical Special Education in the area of Cognitive Disabilities; 

4. Categorical Special Education in the area of Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities. 

These certifications are available for working with students in middle childhood through early adolescence (Wisconsin MC-EA level licensure for ages 6-12/13) and for working with students in early adolescence through adolescence (Wisconsin EA-A level licensure for ages 10-21).

Students seeking certification for cross-categorical licensure will be prepared to work with any or all students with severe to mild high incidence disabilities (cognitive, learning, emotional/behavioral). Although prepared to work with all three high-incidence disability areas, students will concentrate on one particular disability area while completing their fieldwork, research, and internship. Students seeking licensure at both the MC-EA and EA-A levels will complete an internship experience at both licensure levels.

Students seeking certification for categorical licensure will concentrate their curriculum, internship, and research on the chosen area of disability. Students will design their individual program plans for categorical licensure with the program advisor. A minimum one-credit internship is required. Students seeking licensure at both the MC-EA and EA-A levels will complete an internship experience at both licensure levels.

For additional information regarding the Special Education program, contact Dr. Jennifer E. Christensen, McCaskill 111F, (715) 394-8144, jchris27@uwsuper.edu, or go to the program web page at http://www.uwsuper.edu/graduate/. Once in the program, students will develop a program plan of study with the advisor after the first nine credits of graduate work.

Certification Only Graduate Students
Persons possessing a master's degree who wish to obtain categorical licensure may be recommended for licensure 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 licensure requirements of the approved program. A minimum of 15 credits must be completed at UW-Superior. Students seeking certification for categorical licensure will concentrate their curriculum, internship, and research on the chosen area of disability. Students will design their individual program plans for categorical licensure with the program advisor. A minimum of one credit, 60 hour internship is required. Students seeking licensure at both the MC-EA and EA-A levels will complete an internship experience at both licensure levels within this 60 hours.

Although prior master's degree graduate coursework may satisfy certain specific approved program requirements, prior master's degree earned graduate coursework cannot be used to meet the minimum required graduate credits for an MSE in Special Education. Students seeking categorical licensure in this manner shall complete all requirements of the approved program exclusive of the thesis requirement.

Special Education Coursework

Foundations (13-16 credits)
FOUN 710      Neurocognition -- 3 credits
COUN 712      Family Systems -- 3 credits
EDAD 865      Statistics^ -- 3 credits
SPED 704       Assessment -- 3 credits
TED 750         Research Methods -- 3 credits
TED 752         Thesis Supervision  -- 3 credits
^ if no undergrad stats class completed with a grade of B- or better

Cross-Categorical Strand (9-26 credits)
READ 665      Literacy in the Content Areas -- 3 credits
or
READ 701      Introduction to Reading Problems -- 3 credits
and
READ 702      Reading Clinic -- 3 credits
SPED 750       The Exceptional Child -- 3 credits
SPED 758       Adaptive Methods -- 3 credits
SPED 760       Behavior Modification -- 3 credits
SPED 764       Math Assessment and Strategies -- 2 credits
SPED 768       Contemporary Issues and Transitions -- 3 credits
ELECTIVE       Choose from list -- 3 credits
SPED 775       Internship: MC-EA**.5-3 credits
SPED 776       Internship: EA-A**    .5-3 credits

** Praxis II test #0146 must be completed successfully before Internship. 

Early Childhood Special Education Strand (18-30 credits)
COUN 721      Play -- 3 credits
COUN 730      Human Growth and Development-- 3 credits
SPED 752       Introduction to ECSE -- 3 credits
SPED 762       ECSE Methods I -- 3 credits
SPED 763       ECSE Methods II  -- 3 credits
SPED 782       Service Delivery and Consultation -- 3 credits
SPED 778       Internship -- 3-12 credits

Electives for Human Development Program
ART 702         Art Therapy Seminar -- 3 credits
ART 781         Art for Special Education -- 3 credits
ART 783         Art Therapy Fundamentals -- 3 credits
ART 784         Development of Creative Functioning -- 3 credits
ART 785         Art Therapy Techniques  -- 3 credits
COMM 576     Group Communication Processes -- 3 credits
COMM 667     Intercultural Communication -- 3 credits
COUN 728      Career Counseling -- 3 credits
COUN 734      Chemical Dependency and the Family -- 3 credits
COUN 742      Psychopathology -- 3 credits
COUN 721      Play -- 3 credits
COUN 744      Cognitive-Behavioral Counseling -- 3 credits
COUN 720      Counseling Children -- 3 credits
COUN 722      Counseling Adolescents  -- 3 credits
COUN 726      Developmental Counseling and Guidance -- 3 credits
EDAD 741      Conflict Resolution and Mediation-- 3 credits
EDAD 751      Politics of Education -- 3 credits
EDAD 832      Special Education Law -- 3 credits
SPED 782       Service Delivery and Consultation -- 3 credits

Removal from Human Development Program

Students can be removed from the Human Development Master Degree Programs. Any violation occurring that is outlined in the University of Wisconsin System Code Chapters 14 and 17 are grounds for disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. In addition to this, students can be removed or expelled from the program based on grades and violations of the code of ethics in their respective discipline.

No grade lower than a B- counts toward degree completion. Any student earning a grade lower than a B- is expelled from the program.

Also, students must be aware of and responsive to life circumstances beyond academic preparation that would exclude them from licensure/certification (e.g., legal history, and/or past professional disbarment).

Graduation Requirements

All students in the Human Development Programs will complete a Thesis in order to graduate. In addition, students seeking licensure will be required to successfully pass the Praxis II tests required for their specific discipline.

 


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