Teacher Education

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Ali, Tanzeem - Assistant Professor, Science Education
Buncher, Michael - Academic Advisor, Data and Assessment Coordinator, and Certification Officer
Carpenter, Amy - Senior Lecturer, Reading and Literacy, Student Teaching Supervisor
Churchill, Mary - Associate Professor, Teacher Education, Department Chair
Flaig, Amy - Academic Advisor and Field Experience Coordinator
Lee-Nichols, Mary - Associate Professor, Teacher Educaiton
Polkowski, Stephanie - Senior Lecturer, Teacher Education
Rady, Tammy - Academic Department Associate
Riek, Jodie - Assistant Professor, Teacher Education
Robertson, Anne - Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Education
Schuelke, Nicholle - Assistant Professor, Teacher Education
Walkky-Byington, Taylor - Academic Advisor and Recruiter
Zbacnik, Amanda - Assistant Professor, Special Education

Supporting Instructors

Amys, Tanya
Amys, Tony
Bass, Ronelle
Collins, Scott
Dyess, Jonathan
Ferrer, Kia 
Geissler, Jody
Graves, Peter
Jenson, Meghan
Ketola, Melissa
Larson, Jon
Larson Kidd, Susan
Pernu, Sally
Rochon, Lynn
Rogers, Sonja
Schmidt, Susan
Walsh, Heather
Zimmer, Amy

Teacher Education Program Top of Page

Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

The undergraduate 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.

*Notice: Due to pending licensure program approvals by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), program requirements are subject to change for students entering Fall 2019.  Students affected by any approved changes which occur in the 2019-2021 catalog will be formally notified by the UW-Superior Educator Preparation Program.

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.

Elementary Education Programs Top of Page

Teacher Education Requirements Top of Page

The following are the Teacher Education Program Admission requirements:

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 T ED 100 and T ED 200 with a grade of B or above.

Program Completion Policy:

  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  • Completion of all courses in the major with grade of C or above (except for B requirement in T ED 200).
  • Completion of all courses within the new Instruction Minor with a grade of C or above (except for B requirement in T ED 200) whether taking the courses individually or taking the courses as a minor.

Content Knowledge Assessment Policy:

  • Passing score(s) on standarized 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.  This is specifically relevant for this catalog.

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 program.

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.

Currently Approved Licensure Programs:

Elementary Education Major with Early Childhood Minor Top of Page

Elementary Education Major / University Studies Requirements:

All students seeking an elementary education major must complete the university's 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 with Early Childhood Minor:

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 -- 2.00 - 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-12 creduts

Current Early Childhood Minor:

Foundations of Early Childhood -- 3.00 credits
Exceptional Needs of Young Children -- 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

Current Elmentary Education Major With Elementary Education (MC-EA) minor:

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 -- 2.00 - 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

Elementary Education Minor Options Under Currently Approved Program

English Ed (MC-EA)
Geography Ed (MC-EA)
Health Ed (MC-EA) Requires additional Praxis Exam
Language Arts (Broad Field) (MC-EA)
Math (MC-EA)
Science Ed for Elementary Majors (MC-EA) (Broad Field)
Social Studies Ed (MC-EA)
Spanish Ed (MC-EA)
Requires TOEFL

*Notice: Due to pending licensure program approvals by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), program requirements are subject to change for students entering Fall 2019.  Students affected by any approved changes which occur in the 2019-2021 catalog will be formally notified by the UW-Superior Educator Preparation Program.

The Elementary Education Major and the Instruction Minor combination are under consideration by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

University Studies Requirement:  All students seeking an elementary education major must complete the university's University Studies requirements or the fulfillment of an AA, AS, BA, or BS degree from another institution that includes an environmental science course (BIOL 170).

Elementary Education Major

To be eligible for the Wisconsin K-9 teaching license, students must successfully complete the Elementary Education major, the Instruction Minor, and Student Teaching.  A grad of C must be earned in all major and minor courses (except for B in T ED 200). This license also requires a passing score on the edTPA, the Wisconsin Foundation of Reading Test, and the Praxis II Middle School Content assessment.  One passing edTPA score fulfills all edTPA requirements.

Developing Literacy -- 3.00 credits
Reading and Language Arts Methods -- 3.00 credits
Children's Literature -- 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 Elementary/Middle School Science -- 3.00 credits
Elementary/Middle School Social Studies -- 3.00 credits

Selection six (6) credits from the elementary education methods courses in Art, Health, Music and/or Physical Education.

Students must also complete twelve (12) credits of student teaching T ED 441-448 as directed by the Field Experience Office.

Instruction Minor Top of Page

This minor is intended to be paired with an eligible DPI-approved licensure area offered at UW-Superior.  Elementary Education majors must complete this minor to be eligible for the Wisconsin K-9 teaching license. Student teaching and all other licensure requirements must also be successfully completed. This minor is not available to non-education majors.  A grade of C is required for all courses in this minor (except for B requirements in T ED 200.

Orientation to Teacher Education -- 1.00 credits
 
Introduction to Education -- 3.00 credits
 
Multicultural Education -- 3.00 credits
 
Theories of Student Learning -- 3.00 credits
 
Instructional and Assessment Strategies -- 3.00 credits
 
Principles and Practices of Inclusive Teaching -- 3.00 credits
 
The Middle School and Its Students -- 3.00 credits
Content Area Literacy -- 3.00 credits

The proposed programming also offers two additional license opportunities for students completing the Elementary Education Major and the Instruction Minor.  These additional courses must be completed for a student to be eligible for a Wisconsin K-12 Special Education license and/or a Wisconsin Birth-Grade 3 license.  A grade of C is required for all courses.

Special Education Minor Top of Page

This array of courses must be taken in conjunction with the Elementary Education Major and the Instruction Minor to be eligible for a Wisconsin K-12 Special Education license.  This license also requires a passing score on the edTPA, the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test, and the Praxis II Middle School Content assessment.  One passing edTPA score fulfills all edTPA requirements.

This minor is available only to Elementary Education majors.

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
 
Inclusive Management Strategies -- 3.00 credits
 
Methods in Special Education -- 3.00 credits
 
Practicum in Special Education -- 3.00 credits
 
Family and Culture -- 3.00 credits

All other licensing requirements must be successfully completed.

Early Childhood Education Minor Top of Page

This array of courses must be taken in conjunction with the Elementary Education Major and the Instruction Minor to be eligible for a Wisconsin Birth-Grade 3 license.  This license also requires a passing score on the edTPA, the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test, and the Praxis II Elementary School Content assessment.  One passing edTPA score fulfills all edTPA requirements.  A grade of C is required for all courses.

This minor is available only to Elementary Education major.

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
Family and Culture -- 3.00 credits
Administration of Child Development Programs -- 3.00 credits
Developing Literacy Pre K-3 -- 3.00 credits

All other licensing requirements must be successfully completed.

General Transfer Policies for Elementary Education Majors Top of Page

  1. Complete coursework required for licensure either through receiving transfer credit or by taking courses 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 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

Options are available for students seeking licensure in secondary education in Wisconsin. Each of these major currently 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.  Please consult your advisor for any content changes being proposed to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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 University Studies requirements of the university.  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.

Current 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, foundationl courses in education and student teaching.

Current 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

Special Education Teaching Minor With Certification Top of Page

Current Undergraduate Special Education Teaching Minor With Certification

*Notice: Due to pending licensure program approvals by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), program requirements are subject to change for students entering Fall 2019.  Students affected by any approved changes which occur in the 2019-2021 catalog will be formally notified by the UW-Superior Educator Program.

This minor prepares students to be highly qualified inclusion teachers as well as cross-categorical special education teachers.  Elementary Education majors 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 current 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 T ED 407.

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

K-12 Education Programs Top of Page

Three options are currently 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.  Please consult your advisor or the content area department for the most recent program requirements.

Current 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 currently 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 immediately after T ED 300 or concurrently with T ED 300, if needed.  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)

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. Clinical 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.

Students seeking certification in more than two subject areas or certification levels be required to take additional student teaching/internship beyond the semester depending upon their completed pre-student teaching clinical experiences.

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

All coursework in a student's major, minor, 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.

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 with the exception of a B requirement in T ED 200.  Elementary Education majors must earn a minimum of C in all courses within the major and Instruction minor when approved by DPI), with the exception of a B requirement in T ED 200.
  • 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 University Studies, major, minor, education coursework prior to the beginning of student teaching.
  • Successful completion of the In TASC-aligned 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.  At this time, a passing score or at least two attempts at the Praxis II Content Knowledge Assessment and the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (required for special education, early childhood and elementary education only) must be on file in the Teacher Education program office by the application due date.  Licensure is not granted until passing scores are on file.  This is subject to change based upon DPI requirements.
  • 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 three written observations by the university supervisor.  Additionally, the cooperating teacher needs to complete at lease one written evaluation as per PI 34.023(2)(h)(2) 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. Completion of the edTPA and the program's Senior Year Experience requirements.
  4. Passing scores on the edTPA, Praxis II, and FORT are not required for graduation; however, passing scores are required to be eligible for Wisconsin licensure.