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.

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. Six workshops in eight full days 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 Certificate Program Top of Page

The 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 6 semester credits consisting of 3 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. www.uwsuper.edu/mediation.  View the requirements for the Mediation Resolution Certificate in the certificate section of this catalog.

Upon completion of the Mediation Certificate, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of core theory and skills of mediation practices
  • Identify potential ethical issues and professional expectations for mediators
  • Demonstrate dispute resolution skills through applied practices
  • Identify strategies to improve the mediation process for individuals

In order to successfully complete this certificate for credit, you must earn a GPA of 2.0 for each course. Visit www.uwsuper.edu/mediation for more information.

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. 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.

Upon completion of the Paralegal Certificate, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the law, including legal processes, reading and analyzing legal texts, legal research and writing, and criminal and civil legal systems.
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the field of paralegalism, such as assisting in trial preparation, interviewing clients and witnesses, preparing comprehensive reports and letters, preparing discovery documents, and the ethical issues surrounding the profession.
  • Apply legal foundational knowledge to real world settings through internship experiences.

In order to successfully complete this certificate, you must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 for each course.  The Paralegal Certificate is listed on the University official transcript.  Visit: www.uwsuper.edu/paralegal for more information.

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

The Center for 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 www.uwsuper.edu/leadership.

Criminal Justice Paralegal Certificate Program Top of Page

The Criminal Justice Paralegal Program offers those interested in working in criminal law professional settings the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills relevant to the field.  This 29 credit, concentrated certificate will help build your credentials in the field of criminal law.  Most students will complete this certificate in two years.

Upon completion of the Criminal Justice Paralegal Certificate, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the law with particular depth of emphasis on criminal law contexts, including legal processes, reading and analyzing legal texts, and legal research and writing.
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the field of paralegalism, such as assisting in trial preparation, interviewing clients and witnesses, preparing comprehensive reports and letters, preparing discovery documents, and the ethical issues surrounding the profession.
  • Apply legal foundational knowledge to real world settings through internship experiences.

In order to successfully complete this certificate, you must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 for each course.  The Criminal Justice Paralegal Certificate is listed on the University official transcript.

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 is designed to teach foundational leadership principles and competencies.  This certificate consists of 3 required courses, 6-9 semester credits total (the final course can be taken on a non-credit basis).  The required courses are:

Emotional Intelligence -- 3.00 credits
Ethical Leadership -- 3.00 credits
Applied Ethical Leadership -- 3.00 credits

(IDS 420 3 credits or on a noncredit basis)

Upon completion of the Certificate in Ethical Leadership, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the roles emotional intelligence and empathy play in effective leadership.
  • Demonstrate enhanced communication, critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of leadership styles, ethical principles, and core values.
  • Apply ethical decision-making to real world settings.

In order to successfully complete this certificate, students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 for each course. The 9-credit Certificate in Ethical Leadership will be listed on the University official transcript.

Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder Top of Page

This nine-credit intensive program can be completed in one summer at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Required courses include: SPED 481/681 Sec. 901 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Foundations; SPED 481/681 Sec. 902 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Methods I; SPED 481/681 Sec. 903 - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Methods II. You may take one or two courses or take all three courses to earn an ASD Certificate. Courses are available on the UW-Superior campus or remote learning options. The program focuses on current strategies, internationally effective best practices and recent neurological research. You will have the opportunity to develop or enhance your skill, knowledge and services for teaching, learning and care for students, clients and family members with autism.

You may also apply for special education licensure in autism spectrum disorders in Minnesota after completion of the program if you already have a Special Education license. Minnesota state autism teaching licensure is considered and granted on a case by case basis by the MN DOE. This program does not provide any licensure in WI. WI does not license Autism.

Upon completion of the Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of research and best practices across multiple disciplines related to autism spectrum disorder.
  • Develop and implement curriculum, instruction, positive behavioral supports and social connections to support children, youth and adults with autism across the spectrum.
  • Apply understanding of the interconnections between the areas of difficulty (cognitive, social/emotional, behavioral, communication and sensory integration) for those with autism and how to program in a meaningful, purposeful manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately collect and interpret data to document and evaluate student progress, strategy implementation, and programming in children/youth/adults with autism.

This can be taken on either a credit or non-credit basis. In order to successfully complete this certificate for credit, students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 for each course at the undergraduate level and GPA of 3.0 at the graduate level.

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
Web: http://wisconsinsbdc.org/superior

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.