Teacher Education

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Ali, Tanzeem, Assistant Professor, Science Education
Brown, Carol - Associate Professor, Counseling
Buncher, Michael - Academic Advisor and Certification Officer
Burdge, Maryjane - Assistant Professor, Special Education, Department Co-Chair
Carpenter, Amy - Senior Lecturer, Reading and Literacy, Student Teaching Supervisor
Churchill, Mary - Associate Professor, Teacher Education/EPP Coordinator, Department Co-Chair
Flaig, Amy - Academic Advisor, Field Experience and edTPA Coordinator
Graves, Peter - Senior Lecturer, Math Education
Hunt, Quintin - Assistant Professor, Counseling
Kronzer, Terri - Professor, Educational Administration
Lee-Nichols, Mary - Associate Professor, Teacher Education
Mainali, Bhesh - Assistant Professor, Math Education
Paul, John - Associate Professor, Counseling
Rady, Tammy - Academic Department Associate
Ridenour, Matthew - Assistant Professor, Social Studies Education
Schuelke, Nicholle - Assistant Professor, Teacher Education
Walkky, Taylor - Academic Advisor and Recruiter
Zbacnik, Amanda - Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

Adjunct Instructors

Amys, Anthony - Lecturer, Teacher Education
Bergum, Tamara - Senior Lecturer, Counseling
Bonneville, Maryann - Senior Lecturer, Counseling
Cook, Jessica - Senior Lecturer, Special Education
Ells, Jennifer - Lecturer, Early Childhood
Fullerton, Amy - Senior Lecturer, Counseling
Gamache, Rebecca - Lecturer, Early Childhood
Gilpin, Staci - Senior Lecturer, Special Education
Graves, Peter - Senior Lecturer, Teacher Education
Henson, Katherine - Lecturer, Reading and Literacy
Hinders, Kathy - Senior Lecturer, Special Education
Kamrath, Barry - Senior Lecturer, Educational Administration
Larson, Jon - Senior Lecturer, Student Teacher Supervisor
Larson Kidd, Susan - Senior Lecturer, Special Education
Murley, Steve - Senior Lecturer, Educational Administration
Oling, Lee - Senior Lecturer, Counseling
Pernu, Sally - Senior Lecturer, Special Education
Renwick, Matthew - Senior Lecturer, Educational Administration
Riggle, Andy - Senior Lecturer, Instruction
Riesgraf, Kristin - Lecturer, Math Education
Rochon, Lynn - Lecturer, Teacher Education
Rogers, Sonja - Senior Lecturer, Teacher Education
Trowbridge, Chad - Senior Lecturer, Educational Administration
Zeman, Lawrence - Senior Lecturer, Educational Administration
Zimmer, Amy - Lecturer, Teacher Education

Teacher Education Program Top of Page

The Teacher Education (TED) program is designed around the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards, 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 students' General Education/University Studies -coursework.  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 student teaching experience. The program attempts to model the kind of learning environments we expect our graduates will create in the elementary and secondary schools.

Special Accreditation Top of Page

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction serves as the accrediting agency for all approved education licensure programs offered at UW-Superior. The teacher education programs at UW-Superior are reviewed annually using the Continuous Review Process adopted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Under PI.34.

Elementary Education Programs Top of Page

Two options are available for students seeking licensure in elementary education in Wisconsin. The Elementary Education Major with an Early Childhood Minor leads to an Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (EC-MC) license (Ages Birth-11; grades PK-6). The Elementary Education Major with Middle School Teaching Minor leads to a Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA) license (Ages 6-12/13; grades 1-8).

Teacher Education Requirements Top of Page

The following are the Teacher Education Program Admission requirements:

As of September 27, 2017, the following Teacher Education Program policies have been updated to reflect changes made by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Program Admission Policy:

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA based upon the most recent 40 collegiate credits including those earned during the semester of application.
  • Completion of TED 200 with a grade of C or above

Program Completion Policy:

  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of education courses within major with grade of C or above

Content Knowledge Assessment Policy:

Option 1:

  • Minimum 3.00 combined cumulative GPA on teaching major and teaching minor coursework

Option 2:

  • Minimum 2.75 combined cumulative GPA on teaching major and teaching minor coursework
    AND
  • Passing score(s) on standardized test(s) approved by the state superintendent which shall include the state's model academic standards    

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/licensure/program admission/student teaching policies have been put in place.

Students must always meet current Department of Public Instruction (DPI) certification/licensure requirements 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 Teacher Education Department.

High Impact Practices

All education majors must complete one Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) project and the designated Senior Year Experience (SYE).  These High-Impact Practices are included in required courses taken by all education majors.  AS-L is embedded in TED 270, and the SYE is completed during student teaching.

Elementary Education Major with Early Childhood Minor Top of Page

General Education/University Studies Requirements:

Students must complete the university's general education/University Studies requirements or the fulfillment of an AA, AS, BA, or BS degree from another institution.

The following Department of Public Instruction licensure requirements must be incorporated into the general education/University Studies coursework:

  • Writing Requirement (WRIT 102)
  • Communications Requirement (COMM 110)
  • Math Requirement (general education/University Studies math course)
  • American Government/Social Studies Requirement (POLS 230 OR POLS 150 + POLS 330)
  • History Requirement
  • Humanities Requirement that includes a Literature Component
  • Non-Western/Global Studies Requirement
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (must include an Environmental Science)
    • Science requirements will be met through:

      Physical Science -- 4.00 credits
      AND
      Earth Science for Teachers -- 2.00 credits


      Environmental Science -- 2.00 credits
      OR
      Biological Inquiry for Teachers -- 2.00 credits

Elementary Education Major:

Introduction to Education -- 3.00 credits
Human Development -- 3.00 credits
Multicultural Education -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Student Learning -- 3.00 credits
Principles and Practices of Inclusive Teaching -- 3.00 credits
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
Physical Education Methods/Curriculum for Classroom Teachers -- 3.00 credits
Health Methods/Curriculum for Classroom Teachers -- 3.00 credits
Essentials of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers -- 3.00 credits
Teaching Elementary/Middle School Mathematics -- 3.00 credits
Teaching Elementary/Middle School Mathematics II -- 3.00 credits
Teaching Music in the Elementary School -- 3.00 credits
Teaching Elementary/Middle School Science -- 3.00 credits
Elementary/Middle School Social Studies -- 3.00 credits
TED 441 (or 448) Student Teaching (Internship) in the Elementary/Middle School

Early Childhood Minor:

Foundations of Early Childhood -- 3.00 credits
Exceptional Needs of Young Children -- 3.00 credits
Child Guidance -- 3.00 credits
Early Childhood Methods -- 3.00 credits
Developing Literacy Pre K-3 -- 3.00 credits
Family and Culture -- 3.00 credits
Administration of Child Development Programs -- 3.00 credits
Seminars in Early Childhood -- 0.50 - 4.00 credits

Elementary Education Major with Middle School Teaching Minor Top of Page

General Education/University Studies Requirements:

Students must complete the university's general education/University Studies requirements or the fulfillment of an AA, AS, BA, or BS degree from another institution.

The following Department of Public Instruction licensure requirements must be incorporated into the general education/University Studies coursework:

  • Writing Requirement (Writ 102)
  • Communications Requirement (Comm 110)
  • Math Requirement (general education/University Studies math course)
  • American Government/Social Studies Requirement (POLS 230 OR POLS 150 + POLS 330)
  • History Requirement
  • Humanities Requirement that includes a Literature Component
  • Non-Western/Global Studies Requirement
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (must include an Environmental Science)
    • Science requirements will be met through:
      •  AND
        Physical Science -- 4.00 credits
      •  AND
        Earth Science for Teachers -- 2.00 credits

         
      • Environmental Science -- 2.00 credits

        OR
      • Biological Inquiry for Teachers -- 2.00 credits

Elementary Education Major:

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
Principles and Practices of Inclusive Teaching -- 3.00 credits
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
Physical Education Methods/Curriculum for Classroom Teachers -- 3.00 credits
Health Methods/Curriculum for Classroom Teachers -- 3.00 credits
Essentials of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers -- 3.00 credits
Teaching Elementary/Middle School Mathematics -- 3.00 credits
Teaching Elementary/Middle School Mathematics II -- 3.00 credits
Teaching Music in the Elementary School -- 3.00 credits
Teaching Elementary/Middle School Science -- 3.00 credits
Elementary/Middle School Social Studies -- 3.00 credits
TED 441 (or 448) Student Teaching (Internship) in the Elementary/Middle School

Elementary Education Minor Top of Page

English Ed (MC-EA): This minor is for those with a previous English degree who are now Elementary Education majors.

Category 1: Teaching Methods Required Course (3 credits required)

Teaching High School English -- 3.00 credits

Category 2: British Literature Survey Required Course (3 credits required)

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

Category 3: American Literature Survey Required Course (3 credits required)

American Literature I -- 3.00 credits
American Literature II -- 3.00 credits
Multi-Ethnic American Literature -- 3.00 credits

Category 4: Language Required Course (3 credits required)

History of the English Language -- 3.00 credits
English Grammar -- 3.00 credits

Category 5: Writing & Literacy (3 credits required)

Nonfiction Literature and Literacy -- 3.00 credits
Literary Criticism -- 3.00 credits
Language and Literature in the Middle Grades -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Rhetoric -- 3.00 credits
Writing Women, Women Writing -- 3.00 credits
Art of Persuasive Writing -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in Rhetoric -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Special Topics in Writing -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

Category 6: English Elective Courses

(6 credits in ENGL courses at the 300-level or above)

Geography Ed (MC-EA)

World Regional Geography -- 3.00 credits
Cultural Geography -- 3.00 credits
The Dynamic Earth -- 4.00 credits

or

Earth Science for Teachers -- 2.00 credits
Economic Geography -- 3.00 credits
Geography of Wisconsin -- 3.00 credits
Capstone in Geography -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

or

Fundamentals of GIS I -- 4.00 credits

or

Urban Planning and Transportation Systems -- 3.00 credits

Health Ed (MC-EA) Requires additional Praxis Exam

Responding To Emergencies and Safety Education -- 2.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Mental Health and Stress Management -- 3.00 credits
Health Methods/Curriculum for Classroom Teachers -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Nutrition -- 3.00 credits
Human Sexuality -- 3.00 credits
Drugs, Health and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
Pathophysiology of Disease\Prevention and Control -- 3.00 credits

Language Arts (Broad Field) (MC-EA) 

Required Courses (12 credits)

Children's Literature -- 3.00 credits
Language and Literature in the Middle Grades -- 3.00 credits
Developing Literacy Pre K-3 -- 3.00 credits
Developing Literacy Grades 4-12 -- 3.00 credits

Oral Language, Writing and Literature Elective Courses. (9 credits-Maximum 3 credits per prefix) 

Beginning Acting for Theatre -- 3.00 credits
Interpersonal Communication -- 3.00 credits
Persuasion -- 3.00 credits
Advanced Intercultural Communication -- 3.00 credits
British Literature I -- 3.00 credits
British Literature II -- 3.00 credits
American Literature I -- 3.00 credits
American Literature II -- 3.00 credits
Multi-Ethnic American Literature -- 3.00 credits
Literature by Women -- 3.00 credits
World Literature I -- 3.00 credits
World Literature II -- 3.00 credits
Nonfiction Literature and Literacy -- 3.00 credits
History of the English Language -- 3.00 credits
Popular 20th Century Writers -- 3.00 credits
Beginning German I -- 3.00 credits
Beginning German II -- 3.00 credits
Beginning Spanish I -- 3.00 credits
Beginning Spanish II -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Creative Writing -- 3.00 credits
English Grammar -- 3.00 credits

Math (MC-EA) 

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
Secondary Methods in Mathematics Education -- 3.00 credits
Topics In Geometry -- 3.00 credits

Science Ed for Elementary Majors (MC-EA) (Broad Field)

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 for Teachers -- 2.00 credits

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

Social Studies Ed (MC-EA) 

Required Courses (15 credits)

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
World Regional Geography -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Microeconomics -- 3.00 credits

OR

Principles Of Macroeconomics -- 3.00 credits

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

Choose Three Credits from:

Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective -- 3.00 credits
The Study of First Nations Women -- 3.00 credits
African Gender -- 3.00 credits
Arab Gender -- 3.00 credits
Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits
GST/POLS 374 Women in Politics-3 credits

Choose Three Credits from:

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
Paths to Peace -- 3.00 credits
Social Justice -- 3.00 credits
HIST/ANTH/FNS 333 History of Indigenous Peoples - 3 credits

One additional 3 credit course is required from any of the above 300+ courses

Spanish Ed (MC-EA) 

Requires TOEFL

Beginning Spanish I -- 3.00 credits
Beginning Spanish II -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate Spanish I -- 3.00 credits
Intermediate Spanish II -- 3.00 credits
Methods of Teaching World Languages -- 3.00 credits

Choose nine 300-level elective credits from the following:

Advanced Spanish -- 3.00 credits
Latin American Culture and Civilization -- 3.00 credits
Voices of Hispanic Women -- 3.00 credits
Latino Culture in the U.S. -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in Literature and Culture -- 3.00 - 9.00 credits
Study Abroad -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Independent Study -- 1.00 - 6.00 credits

General Transfer Policies for Elementary Education Majors Top of Page

  1. Complete coursework 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 education course that is more than five years old may be used to satisfy degree requirements.

Secondary Education Programs Top of Page

Many options are available for students seeking licensure in secondary education in Wisconsin. Each of these major leads to Early Adolescence-Adolescence (EA-A) licensure (Ages 10-21; grades 5-12) in their respective content area. Students are also required to complete a minor and should consult with their advisor to select a minor to complement their teaching (EA-A) major. Content area course requirements for each of the secondary education programs are available within the content area's section of the course catalog.

General Education/University Studies Requirements for Secondary Education Certification/Licensure Top of Page

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/University Studies requirements of the university, specifically including a local, state and national government course (POLS 230 OR POLS 150+POLS 330), 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 meet licensure requirements as outlined in PI-34 Wisconsin Teacher Education Program Approval and Licenses Law.

Professional Requirements for Secondary Certification/Licensure

The professional requirements for secondary education certification/licensure students consist of courses in the Teacher Education programs, appropriate methods courses in the major and minor areas, and student teaching.

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/minor fields-2.00-4.00 credits

Teaching Experience required course (12 credits required):

Student Teaching in the Middle/Secondary School -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits

Student Teaching in Special Areas-Early Childhood-Adolescence (4-18) -- 6.00 - 12.00 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: 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

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 needs 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.

Special Education Teaching Minor With Certification Top of Page

This minor prepares students to be highly qualified inclusion teachers as well as cross-categorical special education teachers.  Recently approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, individuals who minor in special education and complete a student teaching experience in special education may be eligible for licensure in special education as a cross-categorical special educator. This type of license allows you to serve students with mild and moderate disabilities in the grade levels 1-12, depending on your practicum and student teaching experiences. You will have an emphasis area during your minor in one of the following: Specific Learning Disability, Emotional Behavioral Disorder, or Cognitive Disability. Assignments will determine your area of emphasis.

The special education minor that leads to the cross-categorical special education license is a direct pathway for an elementary education major.  The 21 credits of the Special Education Teaching Minor align directly to the Elementary Education major. The testing requirements are the same as well: PRAXIS II - Middle School Content and the Foundations of Reading Test.

Those students who are double minoring in Early Childhood and Special Education would be required to take the 21 credit minor, the testing requirements for special education, and TED 407.

Those students who are K-12 or 7-12 majors in a specific content area will have additional requirements to gain the special education license.  This is due to the emphasis of special educators teaching in the area of Reading and Math. ENGED 275 and ENGED 370 are additional requirements. Additionally, students will be required to complete another 9 weeks of student teaching, after their major student teaching is completed. In all, 12 additional credits are required for licensure for students with a K-12 or 7-12 major.

Student Teaching Requirements as determined by the Educator Preparation Program:

Student Teaching SPED Elementary and Middle School -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits

OR

Student Teaching SPED Middle and High School -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits

Special Education Teaching Minor Without Certification Top of Page

Students may opt to be students who are highly qualified inclusion teachers without the license. The 21 credits for the minor will suffice for the minor without certification. There is an option to continue in special education in the post baccalaureate program, in Master's level classes, that will lead to special education licensure, prior to the completion of a Master's Degree.

Special Education Teaching Minor Requirements

Required courses (21 credits required):

The Exceptional Child -- 3.00 credits
Interventions/Methods in Services in Special Education -- 3.00 credits
Individual Educational Assessment and IEP Development -- 3.00 credits
Methods in Special Education -- 3.00 credits
Inclusive Management Strategies -- 3.00 credits
Family and Culture -- 3.00 credits
Practicum in Special Education -- 3.00 credits

K-12 Education Programs Top of Page

Three options are available for students seeking licensure in K-12 education in Wisconsin. All three comprehensive majors lead to an Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A) licensure (Ages 4-18; grades PK-12) in their respective content area. Program requirements for each of the K-12 education programs are available within the content area's section of the course catalog.

Professional Requirements for K-12 Certification/Licensure

The professional requirements for K-12 education certification/licensure students consist of courses in the Teacher Education programs, appropriate methods courses in the major and minor areas, and student teaching.

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 and/or minor fields - 2.00-4.00 credits

Teaching Experience required course (12 credits required)

Student Teaching in the Middle/Secondary School -- 6.00 - 12.00 credits
Student Teaching in Special Areas-Early Childhood-Adolescence (4-18) -- 6.00 - 12.00 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: 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

Note: It is recommended that T ED 339 be taken in the junior year. Because special methods courses may not be offered every year, it may be necessary to take the methods course before T ED 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. Music majors should check with the Music Department for special requirements.

  • Art Education (EC-A)
  • Music Education (EC-A)
    • Choral/General Music Concentration
    • Instrumental/General Music Concentration
  • Physical Education (EC-A)

Secondary Teaching Majors Top of Page

  • Biology (EA-A)
  • Broad Field Language Arts (EA-A)
    • To qualify for a license in Broad Field Language Arts (301), an individual shall have completed a language arts program major or minor.  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.
  • Broad Field Science (EA-A)
    • 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 - History (EA-A)
    • 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 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 - Political Science (EA-A)
    • 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 socials 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."
  • Chemistry (EA-A)
  • English (EA-A)
  • History (EA-A)
  • Math (EA-A)
  • Political Science (EA-A)

Secondary Teaching Minors Top of Page

A teaching minor is not required for secondary teaching majors. Students should consult with their advisor to select a minor to appropriately complement their teaching (EA-A) major. Program requirements for each of the secondary education programs are available within the content area's section of the course catalog.

  • Biology (EA-A)
  • Chemistry (EA-A)
  • Computer Science (EA-A)
  • English (EA-A)
  • Geography (EA-A)
  • History (EA-A)
  • Mathematics (EA-A)
  • Physics (EA-A)
  • Political Science (EA-A)
  • Psychology (EA-A)
  • Sociology (EA-A)
  • Spanish (EA-A)
  • Special Education (EA-A)

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 for successful completion of student teaching or internship.

Students are required to student teach full-time for at least eighteen weeks in one placement or nine weeks each in two placements based upon the calendar of the cooperating school(s). Twelve semester credits of full-time student teaching are required for certification.

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. Cooperating school districts inititate internship opportunities and are dependent upon availability within our cooperating school districts.

All coursework in a student's major, minor, general education/University Studies, and education courses is expected to 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. All student teaching must take place within a 400 mile radius of UW-Superior.

Criteria for Application for Student Teaching:

  • A minimum grade of C in each education course.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (non-rounded) at the time of application as well as at the end of the semester prior to student teaching/internship experience.
  • A plan for successful completion of all general education/University Studies, major, minor, education 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.

If you have any questions about applying for student teaching, contact your advisor.

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, the edTPA, which demonstrates that the student has met program standards and technology proficiency.  Teacher candidates are also required to fulfill the program's Senior Year Experience requirements.
  4. A passing score on the edTPA is not required for graduation; however, a passing score is required to be certified for Wisconsin licensure.