Center for Adult Education and Outreach

Mission Statement Top of Page

UW-Superior's Center for Adult Education and Outreach serves the life-long learning needs of the people of Northern Wisconsin, and beyond by providing educational programs, research, and resources with an emphasis on extending University expertise into the community.

Adult Education and Outreach Programs Top of Page

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

The Center's units:

provide university learning and expertise for residents of the region and state.

Center for Continuing Education Top of Page

The Center for Continuing Education provides credit and non-credit workshops, and other learning experiences designed for adult learners.


Credit Courses Top of Page

Continuing Education offers a variety of online, video and classroom undergraduate and graduate, credit courses within many academic disciplines, providing educational opportunities to those not able to attend during traditional class hours or who are not enrolled full time.  Most courses are offered evenings and weekends, either on campus or in other northern Wisconsin locations.  Current offerings are listed on the Center for Continuing Education website. 

Continuing Education credit courses are transcripted,  may be included as part of a student's resident credits, and count toward graduation.

Professional Development for Educators Top of Page

Credit courses conferences and workshops are offered each year to enhance the professional expertise of teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and curriculum directors.

Certificate Programs Top of Page

Human Resource Generalist Certificate Top of Page

This program 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 also register to receive 3 academic credits as BUS 499, Human Resource Generalist.  Participants may complete the program in one year or two. For more information, call 715-394-8469 or visit

Mediation/Conflict Resolution Certificate Program Top of Page

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 9 semester credits consisting of 5 required 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.  View the requirements for the Mediation/Conflict Resolution Certificate in the certificate section of this catalog.

The Mediation/Conflict Resolution Certificate is listed on the official University transcript.

Paralegal Certificate Program Top of Page

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 is usually completed within two years; 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:

The Paralegal Certificate is listed on the University official transcript.

Nonprofit Administration Certificate Program Top of Page

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.  It is not necessary to be enrolled in the program to attend a seminar.

Fund Development Certificate Top of Page

The Nonprofit Fund Development Certificate Program is designed to provide individual with the knowledge, understanding, and skills required to be an effective team or board member in a nonprofit organization.  The workshops selected are aligned with some of the concepts required for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) exam.  Persons completing this certificate will have a well-rounded foundation of not just fund raising but fund development, a critical distinction. https://www.uwsuper/funddev.

Health and Human Issues Top of Page

The Health and Human Issues Program provides many choices for learning through workshops, conferences, and individual learning opportunities.  Subject areas include, but are not limited to aging issues, mental health, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, cancer, hepatitis, and healthy lifestyles.  For information on current offerings call 714-293-8463 or 800-370-9882.

Leadership Superior/Douglas County Top of Page

Continuing Education 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

Road Scholar Top of Page

The Road Scholar programs empower adults to explore the 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 Road Scholar experience. Road Scholar programs bring together instructors and participants from diverse backgrounds to foster dynamic interaction, engaging discourse and warm camaraderie. UW-Superior Road Scholar programs focus on the Duluth/Superior Harbor and related shipping industries; the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Edmund Fitzgerald, Life, Legends and Lore of Lake Superior and Apostle Island Exploration.

Distance Learning Center Top of Page

The Distance Learning Center provides degree completion programs through online learning.  Distance Learning Center programs are listed in the Student Services section of this catalog.

The Northen Center for Community and Economic Development Top of Page

Located in:   Erlanson Hall 305
Phone: (715) 394-8294

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 the statewide educational emphases in four areas:

  1. economic development
  2. natural resources
  3. leadership and organizational development
  4. 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.

Small Business Development Center Top of Page

Located in:  Erlanson Hall 305
Phone:  (715) 394-8351 ; toll free: (800) 410-8351

The Small Business Development Center provides services for small business owners and managers as well as aspiring entrepreneurs in eight northwest Wisconsin counties.  The SBDC offers confidential, individual counseling services and training programs in a variety of business related areas including:

  • first steps to starting your own business
  • writing a business plan
  • developing a marketing plan
  • accounting practices
  • managing personnel
  • seeking financing
  • buying or selling a business
  • controlling cash flow

The Small Business Development Center offers counseling services at no charge through funds provided by the US Small Business Administration, and an eight-session Entrepreneurial Training Program in connection with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.