Teacher Education - Academic Programs - 2014-16 Catalog - UW-Superior
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2014-16 Undergraduate Catalog


2014-2016 Catalog

2014-16 Undergraduate Catalog

Teacher Education

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Educational Leadership Faculty and Staff page.

Teacher Education Program Top of Page

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.

Program Standards Top of Page

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.


Special Accreditation Top of Page

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.

Teacher Education Program Admission Requirements Top of Page

(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:

  1. 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.).
  2. 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.
  3. Successfully completed TED 200 with a minimum grade of B. 
  4. 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.
  5. Declared a teaching minor (if applicable for their major).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Elementary Education Major Requirements Top of Page

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;
    or
  • 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):

College Writing I -- 3.00 credits
College Writing II -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Communication -- 3.00 credits
Foundations of Mathematics for Elementary Education -- 3.00 credits
Health and Wellness -- 3.00 credits

KNOWLEDGE CATEGORIES (27 credits required):

Humanities required courses (9 credits required):

History 3 credits:

Modern World History -- 3.00 credits
History of the United States Through 1877 -- 3.00 credits
The United States Since 1877 -- 3.00 credits
The Ancient Mediterranean World -- 3.00 credits
Early-Modern Europe/From Medieval to Early-Modern Europe -- 3.00 credits
Modern Europe 1789 to Present -- 3.00 credits
African-American Voices -- 3.00 credits

or

The Making of the Modern Global System -- 3.00 credits

(HIST 254/POLS 175 fulfills the Western degree requirement)

or

[[HIST 161]]
History of Premodern East Asia -- 3.00 credits
History of Modern Asia -- 3.00 credits
Latin America Since Independence -- 3.00 credits
Early Africa -- 3.00 credits
Africa In Modern Times -- 3.00 credits
The Muslim World -- 3.00 credits

(HIST 281 fulfills the Non-Western degree requirement)

Literature 3 credits:

British Literature I -- 3.00 credits
British Literature II -- 3.00 credits
American Literature I -- 3.00 credits

or

American Literature II -- 3.00 credits

(ENGL 222 fulfills the Western degree requirement)

or

World Literature I -- 3.00 credits

or

World Literature II -- 3.00 credits

(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]]

Music and World Culture -- 3.00 credits

(Non-Western)

or

Survey of First Nations Culture -- 3.00 credits
First Nations Myths and Legends -- 3.00 credits
or
First Nations Values and Spiritual Beliefs -- 3.00 credits
Music and World Culture -- 3.00 credits

(Diversity)

or

Beginning German I -- 3.00 credits
Beginning German II -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate German I -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate German II -- 3.00 credits
Introduction To Philosophy -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Moral Problems -- 3.00 credits
Critical Thinking -- 3.00 credits

(Western)

or

Critical Thinking -- 3.00 credits
Beginning Spanish I -- 3.00 credits
Beginning Spanish II -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate Spanish I -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate Spanish II -- 3.00 credits

(MUSI 161 fulfills the Diversity, Humanities and Non-Western degree requirements)

Social Sciences required courses (6 credits required):

Contemporary Society 3 credits: 

U.S. National,State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

or

Introduction to American Government -- 3.00 credits

and

U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

Human Behavior 3 credits:

The Human Experience -- 3.00 credits

(Diversity)

or

Cultural Geography -- 3.00 credits

(Non-Western)

or

Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Political Science -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to American Government -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Issues in American Politics -- 3.00 credits
[[POLS 263]]
Introduction To Psychology -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Sociology -- 3.00 credits
Global Social Problems -- 3.00 credits
Sociology of Gender -- 3.00 credits
Race and Ethnicity -- 3.00 credits

(Western)

Natural and Physical Sciences required courses (9 credits required):

Environmental Science -- 2.00 credits

and

The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits

or

Earth Science -- 3.00 credits

and

Physical Science -- 4.00 credits

or

Chemistry of Everyday Phenomena -- 4.00 credits

Fine and Applied Arts required courses (6 credits required):

Art History, Criticism and Appreciation 3 credits:

Art History Survey:The Ancient World to the Renaissance -- 4.00 credits

or

Art History Survey:Renaissance to Modern Art -- 4.00 credits
Film And Culture -- 3.00 credits
Theatre Appreciation -- 3.00 credits
History of Theatre -- 3.00 credits
[[COMM 286]]

or

[[COMM 287]]

Music Appreciation -- 3.00 credits
Jazz Appreciation -- 3.00 credits
[[WRIT 215]]

or

[[WRIT 216]]

(Western)

or

Visual Arts in Non-Western Societies -- 3.00 credits

or

Black Art -- 3.00 credits

(Non-Western)

Aesthetic Experience 3 credits:

Introduction To Music -- 3.00 credits

DIVERSITY AND NON-WESTERN CATEGORY (6 credits required):

Diversity required course:

Multicultural Education -- 3.00 credits

Non-Western required course (may be duplicate of courses listed above):

African Archeology -- 3.00 credits
Cultural Anthropology -- 3.00 credits
Environmental Anthropology -- 3.00 credits
Cultures of Mesoamerica -- 3.00 credits
Visual Arts in Non-Western Societies -- 3.00 credits
Black Art -- 3.00 credits
[[CHIN 101]] [[CHIN 102]] [[CHIN 201]]
World Literature I -- 3.00 credits
World Literature II -- 3.00 credits
World Regional Geography -- 3.00 credits
Cultural Geography -- 3.00 credits
[[GST 403]] [[GST 404]]
Arab Identities -- 3.00 credits
[[HIST 161]]
History of Premodern East Asia -- 3.00 credits
History of Modern Asia -- 3.00 credits
Latin America Since Independence -- 3.00 credits
Early Africa -- 3.00 credits
Africa In Modern Times -- 3.00 credits
The Muslim World -- 3.00 credits
African Archeology -- 3.00 credits
The Shadow Of Mexican Revolution -- 3.00 credits
The Modern Middle East -- 3.00 credits
[[HIST 382]] [[HIST 384]]
Samurai: A History Of Modern Japan -- 3.00 credits
[[HIST 403]] [[HIST 404]]
Music and World Culture -- 3.00 credits
[[PHIL 175]]
Introduction to Comparative Politics -- 3.00 credits
Chinese Societies -- 3.00 credits
[[WLLC 232]]

DPI  WESTERN REQUIREMENT (3 credits required):

Western required course (may be duplicate of courses listed above):

The Human Experience -- 3.00 credits
Language, Culture, and Society -- 3.00 credits
Art History Survey:The Ancient World to the Renaissance -- 4.00 credits
Art History Survey:Renaissance to Modern Art -- 4.00 credits
Film And Culture -- 3.00 credits
Theatre Appreciation -- 3.00 credits
History of Theatre -- 3.00 credits
[[COMM 286]] [[COMM 287]]
British Literature I -- 3.00 credits
British Literature II -- 3.00 credits
American Literature I -- 3.00 credits
American Literature II -- 3.00 credits
Survey of First Nations Culture -- 3.00 credits
First Nations Myths and Legends -- 3.00 credits
First Nations Values and Spiritual Beliefs -- 3.00 credits
Beginning French I -- 3.00 credits
Beginning French II -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate French I -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate French II -- 3.00 credits
Beginning German I -- 3.00 credits
Beginning German II -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate German I -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate German II -- 3.00 credits
Modern World History -- 3.00 credits
History of the United States Through 1877 -- 3.00 credits
The United States Since 1877 -- 3.00 credits
[[HIST 210]]
The Ancient Mediterranean World -- 3.00 credits
Early-Modern Europe/From Medieval to Early-Modern Europe -- 3.00 credits
Modern Europe 1789 to Present -- 3.00 credits
African-American Voices -- 3.00 credits
Music Appreciation -- 3.00 credits
Jazz Appreciation -- 3.00 credits
Introduction To Philosophy -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Moral Problems -- 3.00 credits
Critical Thinking -- 3.00 credits
Introduction To Psychology -- 3.00 credits
Critical Thinking -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Sociology -- 3.00 credits
Global Social Problems -- 3.00 credits
Sociology of Gender -- 3.00 credits
Race and Ethnicity -- 3.00 credits
Beginning Spanish I -- 3.00 credits
Beginning Spanish II -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate Spanish I -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate Spanish II -- 3.00 credits

Elementary Education Major Requirements

63 total credits

Required courses:

Teaching Art in the Elementary Grades -- 3.00 credits
Developing Literacy -- 3.00 credits
Reading and Language Arts Methods -- 3.00 credits
Content Area Literacy -- 3.00 credits
Human Performance (P.E.) Content, Methods & Curr for the Elem and Midl Sch Tchr -- 3.00 credits
Health Content, Methods and Curriculum for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher -- 3.00 credits
Using Mathematical Learning Processes in the Elementary /Middle School Content Areas -- 3.00 credits
Teaching Elementary/Middle School Mathematics -- 3.00 credits
Teaching Music in the Elementary School -- 3.00 credits
Teaching Elementary/Middle School Science -- 3.00 credits
Teaching and Field-Based Experience in Elementary/Middle School Social Studies -- 3.00 credits
 
Introduction to Education -- 3.00 credits
Human Development -- 3.00 credits
Multicultural Education -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Student Learning -- 3.00 credits
The Middle School and Its Students -- 3.00 credits

(for ages 6-12/13; grades 1-7/8 Wisconsin MC-EA licensures and must be completed prior to student teaching)

Student Teaching in the Elementary/Middle School -- 4.00 - 12.00 credits

or

Internship in Elementary /Middle School Teaching -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits
Principles and Practices of Inclusive Teaching -- 3.00 credits

Additional Majors and Minors Required for Elementary Education Majors Top of Page

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
  • English
  • Language Arts (Broad Field)
  • Geography
  • German
  • Health Education
  • Library Science
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Special Education

Additional Teaching Major:  Choices for additional teaching majors include:

  • Art Education
  • Biology
  • Broad Field Science
  • Broad Field Social Studies:  History
  • Broad Field Social Studies:  Political Science
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music Education:  Choral
  • Music Education:  Instrumental
  • Physical Education
  • Political Science

General Transfer Policies for Elementary Education Majors Top of Page

  1. Complete all of the specific general education courses required for licensure either through receiving transfer credit or taking the course at UW-Superior. 
  2. A student who is already certified in secondary education (EA-A level) must meet the student teaching requirements of the desired elementary licensure level.
  3. 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.
  4. No methods course that is more than five years old may be used to satisfy degree requirements.


Mathematics Teaching Minor - for Elementary Education Majors Top of Page

Students desiring this licensure must complete a minimum of 22 credits, including:

Programming and Technology for the Teaching of Mathematics -- 3.00 credits
Precalculus -- 5.00 credits
Elementary Statistics -- 4.00 credits
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I -- 4.00 credits
Introduction to Abstract Mathematics -- 3.00 credits
Teaching Mathematics and Computer Science in the Secondary School -- 3.00 credits
Topics In Geometry -- 3.00 credits

 

Science Teaching Minor for Elementary Education Majors Top of Page

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):

Concepts In Biology -- 4.00 credits
Our Chemical Environment -- 2.00 credits
Physical Science -- 4.00 credits
The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits

or

Earth Science -- 3.00 credits

Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics Elective courses (8-9 credits above 300 level required)

Social Studies Teaching Minor for Elementary Education Majors Top of Page

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):

Modern World History -- 3.00 credits
History of the United States Through 1877 -- 3.00 credits

or

The United States Since 1877 -- 3.00 credits

Sociology/Philosophy required course (3 credits required):

Teaching for Social Justice -- 3.00 credits

or

Sociology of Education -- 3.00 credits

Geography required course (3 credits required):

World Regional Geography -- 3.00 credits

Economics required course (3 credits required):

Economics in Society -- 3.00 credits

or

Economics in Society and Sustainability -- 3.00 credits

Political Science required course (3 credits required):

U.S. National,State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits

Gender Studies required courses (3 credits required):

Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective -- 3.00 credits
The Study of First Nations Women -- 3.00 credits

or

African Gender -- 3.00 credits
Arab Gender -- 3.00 credits
Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

Global Studies required courses (3 credits required):

Environmental Anthropology -- 3.00 credits
International Economics -- 3.00 credits
Development Economics -- 3.00 credits
Comparative Economic Systems -- 3.00 credits
Topics in World History -- 3.00 credits
Slavery and Prejudice -- 3.00 credits
The Construction of Race and Nationality -- 3.00 credits
Paths to Peace -- 3.00 credits

Secondary and K-12 Teacher Certification Requirements Top of Page

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.)

or

  • 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.

    or

  • 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

or

  • For the EC-A licensure: a teaching major in art, music, or physical education; this licensure does not require a teaching minor.

See the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Index of Approved Programs (http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/xls/indexed.xls ) for more specific information about EA-A licensures available at UW-Superior.

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):

Introduction to Education -- 3.00 credits
Human Development -- 3.00 credits
Multicultural Education -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Student Learning -- 3.00 credits
Instructional and Assessment Strategies -- 3.00 credits
The Middle School and Its Students -- 3.00 credits
Content Area Literacy -- 3.00 credits
Principles and Practices of Inclusive Teaching -- 3.00 credits

Methods Courses in major in minor fields -- 2-4 credits

Teaching Experience required course (12 credits required):

Student Teaching in the Middle/Secondary School -- 4.00 - 12.00 credits
Student Teaching in Special Areas-Early Childhood-Adolescence (4-18) -- 4.00 - 18.00 credits
Internship in Middle/Secondary School Teaching -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits
Internship in Special Areas Teaching K-12 -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits

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.

Broad Field Science Certification Top of Page

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."

Broad Field Social Studies Certification Top of Page

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."

Broad Field Language Arts Certification Top of Page

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.

Student Teaching and Internship Top of Page

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:

  1. 3.00 (non-rounded) cumulative grade point average.
  2. Excellent recommendations from faculty.
  3. Successful completion of an interview with the designated school district and selection for an internship.
  4. 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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. A plan for successful completion of all general education, major, minor, methods and TED coursework prior to the beginning of student teaching. 

  4. Successful completion of the electronic Teacher Education portfolio.

  5. Completion of Wisconsin state-required standardized test(s) for licensure areas at level(s) specified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. 

  6. 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. 


General Policies for Certified Teachers Adding Additional Certifications Top of Page

For additional certifications, a student must show evidence of completion of:

  1. 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.
  2. Submission of Student Teaching Application including required supplemental materials by the application deadline.
  3. Additional appropriate standardized test scores must be at the Wisconsin passing levels.
  4. Student teaching: nine weeks as assigned by the coordinator of student teaching.

Successful Completion of the Student Teaching or Internship Experience Top of Page

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).

Program Completion and Recommendation for Licensure in Wisconsin Top of Page

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.



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