- Faculty and Staff
- Teacher Education Program
- Program Standards
- Special Accreditation
- Teacher Education Program Admission Requirements
- Elementary Education Major Requirements
- Additional Majors and Minors Required for Elementary Education Majors
- General Transfer Policies for Elementary Education Majors
- Mathematics Teaching Minor - for Elementary Education Majors
- Science Teaching Minor for Elementary Education Majors
- Social Studies Teaching Minor for Elementary Education Majors
- Secondary and K-12 Teacher Certification Requirements
- Broad Field Science Certification
- Broad Field Social Studies Certification
- Broad Field Language Arts Certification
- Student Teaching and Internship
- General Policies for Certified Teachers Adding Additional Certifications
- Successful Completion of the Student Teaching or Internship Experience
- Program Completion and Recommendation for Licensure in Wisconsin
The Teacher Education (TED) programs are designed around a set of well-defined standards which, when attained by students, lead to a strong preparation for teaching at the elementary or secondary level. These competencies build upon the liberal education background of the students. The liberal education emphases on the campus are also incorporated in the TED programs. Students are involved in a wide range of learning activities combining theoretical concerns with practice accomplished through a variety of field experiences. Students are introduced to the classroom early in their professional training and continue to accept more responsibility throughout their program, culminating with the assumption of major responsibility for a class in the student teaching experience. The programs attempt to model the kind of learning environments we expect our graduates will create in the elementary and secondary schools.
Following are the Teacher Education program's standards. These standards represent the knowledge, dispositions and performances which are associated with effective and efficient teaching. These standards also serve as the guiding framework for the performances expected within specific TED courses.
Teacher education students will demonstrate proficient performance in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions under all of the teacher standards set by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction serves as the accrediting agency for all approved education licensure programs offered at UWS. The teacher education programs at UWS are reviewed annually using the Continuous Review Process adopted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Under PI.34.
(Changes approved by UAAC November 26, 2014)
All elementary education major and secondary/K-12 certification TED courses (except TED 200, 253 and 270 and ENGED 406) require that students have been admitted to the TED Program. The transition point requirements are as follows:
- Received a minimum grade of C in WRIT 101 and 102, COMM 110 or one or more communications courses that address the concept of oral communication; and MATH or CSCI requirement of student's major.The math requirement for program admission for Elementary Education majors is MATH 102. Some students may have received credit for these courses through other means as stated by the general university regulations (transfer policy, testing into a higher-level mathematics course than the MATH or CSCI requirement of the student's major, etc.).
- Demonstrated competence in the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics by passing at specified levels of performance one of the standardized test(s) (typically Praxis series or ACT) approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The accepted tests and minimum scores are subject to change and are listed on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.
- Successfully completed TED 200 with a minimum grade of B.
- Prerequisites for TED 200 are documentation of a negative tuberculosis test and a passing criminal background report. The criminal background check must be completed for the most recent state in which the student has lived. Cost of the criminal background check is paid by the student. The student must provide an original official state criminal background report to the Educational Leadership Department Office. Criminal background checks are valid for two years. A current tuberculosis test report must also be on file in the Educational Leadership Department Office. Test results are valid for two years.
- Declared a teaching minor (if applicable for their major).
- Achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on at least 40 semester credits of collegiate-level course work including transfer credit in their required general education courses, their major and minor content requirements, and their teacher education courses. The grade point average cannot result from rounding, but must be at least 3.00.
- Apply for TED Program Admission following the process described on the TED website.
Catalog Requirement Term
Refer to university policy regarding catalog requirement term. No matter which catalog a student uses for graduation, he or she may be required to meet new requirements in Teacher Education, especially if new certification policies have been put in place.
Students must always meet current Department of Public Instruction (DPI) certification standards for licensure in the state of Wisconsin. DPI certification standards represent minimal requirements. Teacher Education programs have the right to exceed minimal requirements. Students who do not meet the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education programs within five years of the date of admission to the university must meet the requirements of the catalog current at the time of application to the programs. Admission to the programs remains valid for seven years. Students who fail to register for any classes for two consecutive semesters must reactivate their program status through the Educational Leadership Department.
The elementary education curriculum is designed to acquaint the student with the education of children from birth to ages 12-13 depending on the minor chosen and student teaching options completed. The curriculum in elementary education leads to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Students who satisfactorily complete this program may apply to be certified to teach in the elementary schools with one of the following Wisconsin teaching licenses:
- birth through age 11 (PreK - 6th grade): Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (EC-MC) license in Wisconsin;
- ages 6 through age 12-13 (1st - 7th/8th grades): Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (MC-EA) license in Wisconsin.
General Requirements for Elementary Education
The Teacher Education faculty is committed to building upon the liberal arts foundation acquired by students through their General Education courses of study. Elementary education majors are required to choose from a selection of courses that meet both university and DPI requirements. DPI requires coursework in the following areas: Written and oral communications; mathematics including MATH 230; fine arts; social studies, including national, state and local government; biological, earth, environmental, and physical sciences; the humanities, including literature, Western and non-Western history or contemporary culture. Environmental education is met by taking BIOL 100.
CORE COURSE REQUIREMENTS (15 credits required):
KNOWLEDGE CATEGORIES (27 credits required):
Humanities required courses (9 credits required):
History 3 credits:
(HIST 254/POLS 175 fulfills the Western degree requirement)
(HIST 281 fulfills the Non-Western degree requirement)
Literature 3 credits:
(ENGL 222 fulfills the Western degree requirement)
(ENGL 241 or ENGL 242 fulfills the Non-Western degree requirement)
World Languages, Culture and Philosophy (Humanities) 3 credits:
[[CHIN 101]] [[CHIN 102]] [[CHIN 201]] [[CHIN 202]]
(MUSI 161 fulfills the Diversity, Humanities and Non-Western degree requirements)
Social Sciences required courses (6 credits required):
Contemporary Society 3 credits:
Human Behavior 3 credits:
Natural and Physical Sciences required courses (9 credits required):
Fine and Applied Arts required courses (6 credits required):
Art History, Criticism and Appreciation 3 credits:
Aesthetic Experience 3 credits:
DIVERSITY AND NON-WESTERN CATEGORY (6 credits required):
Diversity required course:
Non-Western required course (may be duplicate of courses listed above):
DPI WESTERN REQUIREMENT (3 credits required):
Western required course (may be duplicate of courses listed above):
Elementary Education Major Requirements
63 total credits
(for ages 6-12/13; grades 1-7/8 Wisconsin MC-EA licensures and must be completed prior to student teaching)
Each elementary education major must complete an additional teaching major or a teaching minor. The choice of second teaching major or teaching minor should be made with the student's advisor.
Teaching Minor: Choices for teaching minors include:
- Early Childhood
- Language Arts (Broad Field)
- Health Education
- Library Science
- Social Studies
- Special Education
Additional Teaching Major: Choices for additional teaching majors include:
- Art Education
- Broad Field Science
- Broad Field Social Studies: History
- Broad Field Social Studies: Political Science
- Music Education: Choral
- Music Education: Instrumental
- Physical Education
- Political Science
- Complete all of the specific general education courses required for licensure either through receiving transfer credit or taking the course at UW-Superior.
- A student who is already certified in secondary education (EA-A level) must meet the student teaching requirements of the desired elementary licensure level.
- In order for an education methods course from another institution to be considered as a substitute for a methods course at UW-Superior, it must at a minimum have equivalent credit hours.
- No methods course that is more than five years old may be used to satisfy degree requirements.
Students desiring this licensure must complete a minimum of 22 credits, including:
This minor is designed to provide breadth and sufficient depth across the broad range of biological, chemical, physical and earth science disciplines, and includes an environmental emphasis. A written plan for the minor must be filed with the advisor at the time of the student's application for admission to the Teacher Education programs. Any modifications in the plan may be made only with the advisor's consent. The minor must be taken in connection with Wisconsin MC-EA licensure (ages 6-12/13; grades 1-7/8th) which requires the taking of T ED 407 and appropriate student teaching. This minor equips a prospective teacher to support the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Science.
22 total credits
Required courses (13 to 14 credits required):
Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics Elective courses (8-9 credits above 300 level required)
This minor, which is open only to students majoring in Elementary Education, is designed to provide breath and sufficient depth across the broad range of social studies disciplines. The minor is to be planned by the student in consultation with his or her advisor. A written plan for the minor must be filed with the advisor at the time of the student's application for admission to the Teacher Education programs. Any modifications in the plan may be made only with the advisor's consent. This minor must be taken in connection with Wisconsin MC-EA licensure (ages 6-12/13; grades 1-7/8th) which requires completion of T ED 407 and appropriate student teaching. This minor equips a prospective teacher to support the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Social Studies.
24 total credits
History required courses (6 credits required):
Sociology/Philosophy required course (3 credits required):
Geography required course (3 credits required):
Economics required course (3 credits required):
Political Science required course (3 credits required):
Gender Studies required courses (3 credits required):
Global Studies required courses (3 credits required):
The secondary and K-12 teacher certification curriculum is designed to acquaint the student with the education of children from ages birth through 21 or ages 10-21 depending on certification focus. The curriculum in secondary and K-12 education programs leads to either a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Music Education Degree. Students who satisfactorily complete this program will be eligible to apply for certification to teach in secondary or K-12 settings.
Secondary certification curriculum in Teacher Education prepares students for two different Wisconsin teaching licenses:
- Early Adolescence - Adolescence (EA-A) -- ages 10-21 (grades 5-12) - This license is for students who have competed a teaching major and/or teaching minor in content area (e.g. Biology, English, etc.)
- Early Childhood - Adolescence (EC-A) -- ages birth-21 (grades preK-12) - This license is for students completing the teaching major in art, music or physical education.
General Education Requirements for Secondary Education Certification
Secondary or K-12 teacher curriculum graduates may receive the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Science degree. (See requirements in major.)
Secondary or K-12 teacher certification students are required to meet the General Education requirements of the university, specifically including a local, state and national government course, and biological and physical sciences courses. The Teacher Education faculty is committed to building upon the preparation brought by the liberally educated student at this institution. Teachers at the secondary and K-12 levels must exemplify the attributes of a liberally educated person.
All secondary and K-12 teacher certification candidates with a previous bachelor's degree must show coursework demonstrating knowledge and skill in mathematics (or computer science), oral communication, writing, fine arts, social studies, biological science, physical science, literature or humanities, western and nonwestern history or contemporary society. They must also complete HHP 102, POLS 230 or its equivalents, and TED 200.
All secondary and K-12 teacher certification candidates with a previous bachelor's degree must also meet the requirements of their UW-Superior major and minor, as each one is designed for secondary or K-12 teacher certification. PI 34 (Wisconsin Teacher Education Program Approval and Licenses Law) requires the following for licenses in science and or social studies:
- For majors in the social studies disciplines, the student needs to take a course on "cooperative marketing and consumer cooperatives." Students fulfill this requirement by taking one of the following: ECON 251, GEOG 100, SOCI 101 or HIST 256.
- For majors in science and social studies disciplines, the student needs to be knowledgeable and have an understanding of environmental education. Students fulfill this requirement by taking BIOL 100.
All candidates for secondary or K-12 teacher certification must have one of the following:
- For the EA-A licensure: a broad area teaching major and/or a teaching minor in the same or a different broad area
- For the EC-A licensure: a teaching major in art, music, or physical education; this licensure does not require a teaching minor.
Professional Requirements for Secondary or K-12 Teacher Certification
The professional requirements for secondary or K-12 teacher certification students consist of courses in the Teacher Education programs, appropriate methods courses in the major and minor areas, and student teaching. Students are required to take the methods course(s) prescribed for their minor(s), when different from those required for the major.
38 total credits:
Professional Education required courses (26 credits required):
Methods Courses in major in minor fields -- 2-4 credits
Teaching Experience required course (12 credits required):
Note: It is recommended that T ED 339 be taken in the junior or senior year. Music majors should check with the Music Department for special requirements. Because special methods courses may not be offered every year, it may be necessary to take the methods course before TED 339 is taken. The student should consult with his or her advisor to determine whether this is permitted. Before the student is allowed to take the special methods in the majors/minors, he or she is required to have successfully completed the admission process to the Teacher Education program.
Note: T ED 407 Required for students seeking Wisconsin EA-A certification and, strongly recommended for students seeking Wisconsin EC-A (pre-K-post high school) certification.
See the description for Broad Field Science in this catalog. Wisconsin DPI defines PI 34 licensure criteria for "Upper Level" secondary certification students in broad field science as follows: "A person with a broad field science license may teach any science class at the early adolescence-adolescence level, up through grade 10, and any basic science class in grades 11-12 that is not: A) part of the college preparatory sequence; B) an advance placement course; C) an elective with more depth of content than basic courses. To teach a course under the criteria in A, B, or C (above), the teacher must have a concentration in that subject area."
See the description for Broad Field Social Studies in this catalog. Wisconsin DPI defines PI 34 licensure criteria for "Upper Level" secondary certification students in broad field social studies as follows: "A person with a broad field social studies license may teach any social studies class at the early adolescence-adolescence level, up through grade 10, and any basic social studies class in grades 11-12 that is not: A) part of the college preparatory sequence; B) an advance placement course; C) an elective with more depth of content than basic courses. To teach a course under the criteria in A, B, or C (above), the teacher must have a concentration in that subject area."
See the description for Broad Field Language Arts Secondary Education Major (301) and English Minor (300) in English Program section of this catalog. To qualify for a license in Broad Field Language Arts (301), an individual shall have completed a language arts program major or major. The Language arts program shall include competencies in each of the subcategories listed in this subdivision under P134 with a concentration in at least one of the subcategories. A concentration is required to teach upper level high school courses in the specific subject category. English literature and composition subcategory is available as an individual minor license (300) and shall be included in the broad field language arts license.
In all student teaching or internship experiences, the student takes charge of classes in off-campus affiliated schools under direction of a cooperating teacher. The student prepares units of instruction and lesson plans; meets with university supervisors, cooperating teachers, and the coordinator of student teaching/field experiences in both group and individual situations; participates in co-curricular activities; works with consultants in special areas; and cooperates with school and community patrons. Experiences prior to student teaching or internship prepare students well for successful completion of student teaching or internship.
Twelve semester credits of student teaching are required for certification (one semester based upon the calendar of the public school at which the student teaches or two placements of about nine weeks each). Not more than two areas of certification may be completed in the semester period. Students seeking certification in more than two subject areas or certification levels will be required to take additional student teaching/internship beyond the semester.
The internship program is for students who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and characteristics that would predict successful teaching. The program involves solo teaching for up to 50 percent of the day during a full semester. The student will operate under a special license obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and will be under contract to the cooperating school district. School districts must initiate the process for an internship approval through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Internships are dependent upon availability within our cooperating school districts.
In addition to the requirements for student teaching, requirements to apply for an internship are:
- 3.00 (non-rounded) cumulative grade point average.
- Excellent recommendations from faculty.
- Successful completion of an interview with the designated school district and selection for an internship.
- Evidence of:
- Strong academic performance;
- Effective planning and teaching in pre-service courses;
- Reliability and dependability;
- Ability to interact effectively with faculty, peers, and students;
- Social awareness and emotional stability;
- Creativity and flexibility; and
- Ability to take initiative and work independently.
All coursework in a student's major, minor, general education, methods and T ED courses must be completed prior to student teaching or internship. Students should arrange their schedules to permit devoting full time to the student teaching or internship responsibilities. Because student teaching or internship placement involves many legal and diplomatic considerations, students may not solicit a student teaching or internship placement on their own. Students are cautioned against having district administrators call on their behalf.
Student teaching placements farther than 75 miles from UW-Superior will be charged a fee in addition to tuition. Placements within 75 miles of UW-Superior are considered tier 1 placements and will not be charged an additional fee. Placements between 76-225 miles from Superior will be charged a tier 2 fee; placements from 226-400 miles from Superior will be charged a tier 3 fee. Payment of this fee is due at the beginning of the student teaching placement. Placement fees for tier 2 and tier 3 placements will be established for each academic year by the start of the spring semester of the prior academic year.
Evaluation of all student teaching and internships will be on a pass-fail basis.
Criteria for Application to Student Teaching:
A minimum grade of C in each TED methods course and TED 300 for elementary education majors and a minimum grade of C in each TED course for secondary certification students. TED 407, if required, must be completed at the C level prior to student teaching.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (non-rounded) at the time of interview as well as at the beginning of student teaching/internship experience.
A plan for successful completion of all general education, major, minor, methods and TED coursework prior to the beginning of student teaching.
Successful completion of the electronic Teacher Education portfolio.
Completion of Wisconsin state-required standardized test(s) for licensure areas at level(s) specified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Submission of Student Teaching Application including required supplemental materials by the application deadline.
The Teacher Education program reserves the right to require a score exceeding that established by DPI. Each state sets its own test form and score requirements. Information on standardized tests can be found on the Teacher Education website.
Applications for Student Teaching and Internships
The Student Teaching Application and instructions are made available on the Teacher Education website.
For additional certifications, a student must show evidence of completion of:
- Appropriate coursework by furnishing a list of coursework which has been completed and a list of courses that need to be completed including the terms to be taken.
- Submission of Student Teaching Application including required supplemental materials by the application deadline.
- Additional appropriate standardized test scores must be at the Wisconsin passing levels.
- Student teaching: nine weeks as assigned by the coordinator of student teaching.
- At least four written observations by the supervisor. The student will be evaluated on communication skills, content knowledge, human relations knowledge and pedagogical knowledge, directly related to the program's standards.
- Recommendations of cooperating teachers which document the ability of the student to satisfactorily meet the standards of the program, communication skills requirements, content knowledge, and human relations knowledge.
- Successful compilation and presentation of an electronic portfolio which demonstrates that the student has met program standards and technology proficiency. Within this portfolio, the student demonstrates the ability to reflect on the standards of the program and to identify his or her further needs for development in each standard. This portfolio will be shared with an audience of peers, teachers, and administrators in part through a presentation (add-on certifications exempt).
To be recommended for licensure in Wisconsin and to be considered to have completed the program, the following must have been met:
Application Procedures for Graduation
Refer to the "Application for Degree" information in the Degree Requirements section at the front of the catalog.
Application Procedures for Teacher Certification/Licensure
The Certification Office is located in Swenson Hall, Room 2024, States' contact information, applications and/or procedures are listed on the UW-Superior Teacher Certification website at http://www.uwsuper.edu/cert.