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

The Center for 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 Program 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 workshops in eight full days (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 .

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.  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 and Human Resource Certificate Program Top of Page

Participants complete 100 hours of training by combining the Nonprofit Core workshops with five Human Resource core workshops including coaching for peak performance, resolving conflict in the workplace, performance feedback tools, labor management relations and team building strategies and techniques.

Fund Development Certificate Program 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.

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

Nonprofit Administration and Fund Development Certificate Program Top of Page

Participants complete 100 hours of training by combining the Nonprofit Core workshops with workshops including fundraising basics and beyond, volunteer management and recruitment, special event fundraising and "friend-raising", etc.

Certificate in Ethical Leadership Program Top of Page

This certificate consist of three on-credit courses that can be taken sequentially within one semester. It is designed to teach foundational leadership principles and competencies. Learning outcomes for these courses include ethically-grounded leadership and decision-making, plus organizational and policy-making skills that will enhance successful leadership in a wide range of applications. Available for academic credit only.

Distance Learning Center Top of Page

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

The Northern 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 108
Phone: 715-394-8352 ; 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 consulting that cover specific topics requested by the entrepreneur. The SBDC also conducts training programs in a variety of business related areas including:

  • writing a business plan
  • financial essentials
  • Growth Wheel
  • first steps to starting your own business
  • PeerSpectives CEO roundtable
  • Probe financial management

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