Center for Continuing Education/Extension

UW-Superior Extension Program

A major portion of UW-Superior's academic outreach mission is fulfilled by faculty and staff working in collaboration with community partners through the Center for Continuing Education/Extension. 

UW-Superior faculty and academic staff hold appointments as educators, managers, advisors, consultants, researchers, specialists, or programmers in the areas of Credit Outreach, Educators' Professional Development, Liberal Studies, Health and Human Issues, the Small Business Development Center, Environmental Resources, and Community and Economic Development. For more information about available programs or services, call the Center for Continuing Education/Extension at (715) 394-8469 or 800-370-9882 . Website:

Faculty and Professional Staff

Marna Banks, Program Manager, Credit and Education Outreach
Johanna Garrison, Instructional Program Manager, DistanceLearning
Jerry Hembd, Director, Northern Center for Community and Economic Development
Faith Hensrud, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs andOutreach, and Director
Sheryl Homan, Program Manager, Liberal Studies
Christina Kline, Program Manager, Exploritas
John Kunz, Program Manager, Health and Human Issues
ElizaBeth Lyden, Marketing Specialist
Melissa Nelsen, Curriculum Development Coordinator, Distance Learning
Peter D. Nordgren, Associate Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education
Mark Nutt, Outreach Specialist, Small Business Development Center
Sue O'Halloran, Water Resource Specialist, Environmental Resources
Julianne Raymond, Director, Small Business Development Center
James Shelquist, Outreach Specialist, Distance Learning
Yunhong Tu, Instructional Designer
Susan Wallgren, Outreach Specialist, Credit and Education Outreach

UW-Superior Continuing Education

Credit Outreach Courses

The Center for Continuing Education/Extension offers more than 100 credit courses throughout the year to provide educational opportunities primarily to people who are unable to reach the Superior campus during traditional class hours and who are not enrolled full time. Most courses are offered evenings and weekends either on campus or in other northern Wisconsin locations. A current list of credit outreach courses is available from the Center for Continuing Education/Extension, Old Main, Room 102, or on the Continuing Education website:  or phone (715) 394-8469 or toll-free at 800-370-9882 .

Credit Outreach courses may be included as part of a student's resident credits and count toward graduation. Grades earned in the courses are included on a student's transcript at completion of the term in which the class is held.

Educators' Professional Development

In addition to offering credit courses for teachers, Education Outreach offers conferences and workshops each year for teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and curriculum specialists designed to enhance their professional expertise. For information call (715) 394-8033 .

Mediation/Conflict Resolution Certificate Program

The UW-Superior Center for Continuing Education is a regional leader in the mediation field through quality, diversified, active-learning courses and training designed to serve multiple audiences interested in mediation theory and practice. The certificate program includes a total of 19 semester credits made up of required and elective courses. Courses may also be taken on a noncredit basis by those not enrolled in the certificate program. Professional education workshops are also offered for area mediators and conflict resolvers who need to fulfill ongoing professional education. Call(715-394-8032 for more information or visit our website:

Paralegal Certificate Program

The Paralegal Certificate Program consists of 30 credits of coursework in a variety of paralegal areas of theory and practice. Participants must complete 18 required core credits and 12 elective credits. The Paralegal Certificate Program may be completed in one year; however, students are allowed to complete the program at their own pace. Completing the certificate program will qualify an individual to work as a paralegal, legal assistant, or office support staff member in law firms, government agencies, private business or non-profit organizations. Visit:

Nonprofit Administration Certificate Program

The Nonprofit Administration Certificate Program is an educational series for individuals employed in nonprofit management and government administration. This series of noncredit workshops is provided to enhance the managerial and leadership skills of people working in not-for-profit organizations. Individuals completing 10 Continuing Education Units (100 hours) in the prescribed curriculum are awarded a Nonprofit Administration Certificate Program. Participants have up to four years to complete the program. New courses are developed continually to meet the changing needs of today's nonprofit world. Approximately three day-long workshops are held each month in Superior, Wisconsin. It is not necessary to be enrolled in the program to attend a seminar. Additional information is available by calling (715) 394-8469 or visit

Leadership Superior/Douglas County

The Center for Continuing Education/Extension sponsors a regional 10-month program to enhance the progress of northern Wisconsin by training present and future leaders and helping them to become engaged in their community. Participates are selected through a competitive process. Persons who live and/or work in Superior or Douglas County are invited to apply for the program each June. For further information contact (715) 394-8030 or visit

Northwoods Nonprofits

Northwoods Nonprofits is an educational program serving nonprofits in the Chequamegon Bay area of Wisconsin, the Duluth/Superior area, and the Brainerd Lakes region of Minnesota. This effort is to help nonprofits build the capacity of their organizations through education, mentoring, resource-sharing, and networking. Three half-day workshops are held each year in each of the three communities.

Human Resource Generalist Certificate

This certificate is available for academic credit (BUS 499) or for noncredit.

The Human Resource Generalist Certificate is geared to busy professionals whose duties include human resource management or students who wish to get a first-hand look at some of the issues impacting the field of human resource management today. Seven full-day workshops (including human resource management, team building, current personnel issues, etc.) are required to complete this program. Individuals completing the required 4.8 Continuing Education Units (48 hours) are awarded a Human Resource Generalist Certificate. Participants may complete the program in one year or two. For more information, call 715-394-8469 or visit

Health and Human Issues

The Health and Human Issues Program provides many choices for learning in the area of health-related issues. Conferences and workshops are offered individually, and in the context of our certificate programs. Course work is presented by professionals who work in the specific fields of the topics that are studied.

The majority of programs in this area are designed for health professionals; although many of the topics are of interest to the lay person as well. The informational need of individuals within the region related to health subjects is growing, and this field is expected to continue to expand its program offerings. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, aging issues, mental health, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, cancer, hepatitis, healthy lifestyles and tobacco free campaign. Three levels of workshops on ethics as well as on legal issues are offered to specifically meet the needs of Wisconsin social workers. Grant-funded programming on poverty and Native American Cultural Issues has been a special focus. For information on current offerings call 715-394-8469 or visit




Exploritas is the name for the programs developed and offered in partnership through Elderhostel, Inc., the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning and educational travel since 1975. Exploritas programs empower adults to explore the world's places, peoples, cultures and ideas, and in so doing to discover more about themselves. A fellowship of learning and the joy of discovery are the hallmarks of the Exploritas experience. Exploritas programs bring together instructors and participants from diverse backgrounds to foster dynamic interaction, engaging discourse and warm camaraderie. UW-Superior Exploritas programs focus on Lake Superior Aquatic Life, Geology of Lake Superior, Aquatic Insects of the Brule River, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Edmund Fitzgerald, Life, Legends and Lore of Lake Superior and Apostle Island Exploration. For more information call 715-394-8055 .



Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center offers owners and managers of small businesses and entrepreneurs considering going into business confidential, no-cost, individual counseling services and low-cost training programs in a variety of business related areas. Topics include but are not limited to: writing a business plan, buying or selling a business, developing a marketing plan, accounting practices, managing personnel, and controlling costs.

The Small Business Development Center offers an eight-session Entrepreneurial Training Program in connection with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, and counseling services through funds provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. For information call (715) 394-8351 or 800-410-8351 or visit

Cooperative Extension

UW-Extension provides funding for a number of initiatives linking the expertise of faculty on the UW-Superior campus with the needs of the region's residents. These include the Northern Center for Community and Economic Development and Environmental Resources.

The Northern Center for Community and Economic Development

The Northern Center for Community and Economic Development focuses on applied research and education in Northern Wisconsin. It works with and through the county-based Community Resource Development Educators of UW-Extension. This is in support of statewide educational emphases in four areas: economic development, natural resources, leadership and organizational development, and local government. It also provides leadership and support to statewide programming in the area of sustainable communities. As a regional center, it also works directly with multi-county and statewide organizations and agencies on issues of specific importance to Northern Wisconsin. It seeks to foster partnerships and collaborative relationships in order to leverage limited regional resources. For more information call (715) 394-8294 .

Environmental Resources

Environmental Resource specialists work with teachers and students, environmental and conservation groups and businesses, local government and citizens who rely on the state's water and land resources for a variety of activities. UW-Superior focuses on water quality issues with an emphasis on research, outreach and education through our water resource specialist. For more information call (715) 394-8525 .

Distance Learning Center

The Online Learning Center provides access to selected UW-Superior academic programs for learners who need a flexible study schedule or learning opportunities regardless of location. Students may select enrollment through the Online Learning Center when applying for university admission. The Center offers online and interactive television courses on a term basis that parallels the on-campus program. Students may complete a degree, enroll in individual courses, or earn credit through assessment of prior learning. Financial aid is available to qualified students, and designated scholarships for Online Learning students are offered by the UW-Superior Foundation.

Four different majors may be completed through the Online Learning Center:

Communicating Arts Major

The Communicating Arts major with a concentration in Speech Communication prepares students for opportunities in management, human resources, sales, professional development, training, not-for-profit and community development, other business or organizational communication careers, as well as graduate study. The major consists of 33 credits and requires a minor. For information about courses and requirements of this major, please refer to the Communicating Arts section in the Undergraduate Academic Programs portion of this catalog.

Elementary Education Major

The Elementary Education major is available for Wisconsin licensure at Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (EC-MC, PreK-6th Grade) or Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MC-EA, 1st Grade-7th/8th Grades) levels. Students must be able to complete a semester of student teaching in a Wisconsin school. One three-week summer session in Superior and attendance at several one-day seminars/meetings in Superior are required.

For additional information about courses and requirements of this major, please refer to the Elementary Teacher Education section in the Undergraduate Academic Programs portion of this catalog.

Individually Designed Major

The Individually Designed Major is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts academic program which can be designed to meet educational, career or personal goals. The Individually Designed Major offered through the Distance Learning Center:

  • requires a minimum of 54 credits (comprehensive major) or 33 credits with a minor
  • includes a minimum of three academic areas of study
  • must have a purpose, a theme, a rationale
  • includes a capstone experience 

The major is designed by the student in consultation with an academic advisor and selected faculty. The approval process for the major includes the advisor, faculty panel members from the selected academic areas of study, the associate dean for Distance Learning, and the University Credits Committee.

Sustainable Management Major

The Sustainable Management Major is an interdisciplinary business management program that helps students gain a broad understanding of the ways in which business systems, natural systems, and social systems intersect. The 63-credit major incorporates coursework in business management, environmental science, natural resources, information systems, and logistics, all with a focus on sustainable practices. For additional information about courses and requirements of this major, visit the website .

Interactive Television Courses (ITV)

UW-Superior provides selected courses at a distance through interactive television.  Locations, days, and times for these courses are listed in the university's class schedule.  A distance learning fee applies.

For More Information

Contact the Online Learning Center, 105 Erlanson Hall


Phone: 715-394-8487 or toll-free 877-528-6597


Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning experience is possible. Refer to the section of this catalog titled, "Credit for Prior Learning Experiences."    

For more information regarding distance learning, e-mail: or phone: (715) 394-8487 ; Toll-free: 877-528-6597 , or visit