Elementary Education Distance Learning FAQs
May I complete all of the requirements for elementary certification through the Distance Learning Center?
The Distance Learning Center offers the majority of courses required for the B.S. in Elementary Education at a distance. A few specific courses must be completed on campus or in person. The physical education and health methods courses, HHP 343 and HHP 344, are offered on-campus during the summer session in a concurrent three week block. The Early Childhood minor requires 1 credit for attendance at seminars offered in Superior; equivalents may sometimes be found at other colleges or universities and may be approved by the Early Childhood program coordinator.
Distance Learning students must enroll for student teaching through the Office of Field Experiences (715-394-8176). Student teaching interviews, student teaching orientation, and three required student teaching seminars currently require attendance in Superior. Student teaching is completed according to placements arranged by that office. The university cannot offer certification in states other than Wisconsin. Minnesota students may complete certification requirements, but you will be responsible for making sure you are meeting current Minnesota standards.
The amount of coursework necessary for completing elementary certification depends on the individual's previous education. Generally, individuals require a minimum of 60 semester credits in education and co-requisite courses. You may need additional credits to meet general education requirements specific to elementary education or to meet the requirements for your minor. For an education methods course from another institution to be accepted as a substitute for a methods course at UW-Superior, it must have equivalent credit hours and be no more than five years old. You can expect to spend two and one-half to three years or more to complete certification requirements.
No, secondary certification is not available through the Distance Learning Center.
Will the general education courses I have already completed satisfy the requirements for Elementary Education?
The general education requirements for elementary education majors are more specific than for the general university majors, therefore you may have additional general education credits to complete. Specific requirements that many people have not completed are Math 230 and 231, math concept courses for elementary education; Music 170, fundamentals of Music; Political Science 230 or Political Science 150 and 330, a national, state, and local government requirement for elementary education majors; Biology 100, an environmental education requirement for elementary education majors; and appropriate lab science requirements for elementary education.
How long will it take?
The length of time required to complete the program is dependent upon the individual. Distance learning students typically enroll for 12 credits per term, if you are receiving financial aid, and 6 credits, if you are not receiving financial aid. As a general rule, it requires at least 3 years to complete the program after the general education courses are completed. This includes completion of student teaching.
What is the Praxis Text and why must I take it?
The Praxis I Test is a requirement for all students entering approved teacher education programs in the state of Wisconsin. It is a test of basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. The tests are administered at specified dates at colleges and universities throughout Wisconsin. Computer-based assessments are offered by appointment through a national network of Sylvan Technology Centers. Visit www.ets.org/praxis for details about testing.
The Praxis II test is completed before student teaching. Students complete a general content section and specified content sections for their minor. Details are provided in the Teacher Education Student Handbook.
Students converting to an elementary education certification with secondary certification must meet the current UW-Superior requirements for general education in each category. In addition, students are required to take specified courses in the following areas: western and non-western history/contemporary culture; literature' state, local, and American national government; and Math 230 and 231. To fulfill the science requirements, students must have completed at least two different sciences, i.e., physical science and biological science, and a course that meets the Department of Public Instruction environmental education requirements.
Those converting from secondary certification must take TED 253, TED 275, all methods courses and other courses specifically required for the elementary education major. Students already certified in secondary education must student teach for a minimum of nine weeks at the elementary level.
Students converting to an elementary education certification with early childhood certification must meet the current UW-Superior requirements for general education in each category. In addition, students are required to take specified courses in the following areas: western and non-western history/contemporary culture; literature; state, local, and American national government; and Math 230 and 231. To fulfill the science requirements, students must have completed at least two different sciences, i.e., physical science and biological science, and a course that meets the Department of Public Instruction environmental education requirements.
Students seeking elementary certification who already have completed early childhood certification must complete all of the TED 300 level courses and all other courses specific to the elementary education major. Early childhood majors do not need to complete a minor as their early childhood major may be counted as a teaching minor in the elementary education program.
When should I apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program?
Application to admission to the Teacher Education Program is done as part of TED 200, introduction to Education. If you have completed and transferred an equivalent course from another institution, you may apply for admission when you meet all of the admission requirements. These requirements are described in the Teacher Education Student Handbook and are listed on the admission application, available online from the Teacher Education Program website.