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Academic Life Experience

Academic Life Experience

The Center for Additional Teaching Licenses' staff respects and values the knowledge and skills that experienced teachers bring to our program and we recognize that there are many ways to learn and to demonstrate learning. As a result, we provide opportunities for our candidates to share evidence of their prior learning in terms of course objectives and application of the knowledge and skills with their students.  Credit for prior learning is not granted for the experience itself, but for the verifiable learning outcomes which grew out of the experience. The maximum prior learning credit allowable is no more than 50% of an individual's required coursework and must have occurred within the decade prior to submission.

Academic Life Experience Documentation

To receive credit for academic life experience in place of an Add-On Program course requirement, candidates must

  1. provide evidence that addresses how you have acquired the knowledge that corresponds to at least 80% of the course objectives or required curriculum

      • participation in professional development, co-teaching, and team teaching are examples of evidence that might address the university course objectives

  2. demonstrate how you have applied or would apply your knowledge and skills in the aforementioned objectives or curriculum with students

      • evidence may include lesson plans, unit plans, teacher-prepared materials, photographs of student results, etc. 

  3. provide at least one letter of endorsement from an administrator, colleague, or parent who witnessed your acquisition and/or application of the curriculum’s course objectives/content knowledge

Submission of Academic LIfe Experience

When applying for academic life experience, please submit




If you have any questions regarding Academic Life Experience, please contact your Program Coordinator.

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by Ruedinger, Erika L last modified Aug 04, 2014 10:38 AM
Peg Mischler Testimonial


While staying home with my children, I looked for an Add On Licensure Program that would be flexible and meet my needs. UW Oshkosh’s EXCEL Center has exceeded my expectations and proved to be an amazing experience for me and my family.  I was able to take most of the classes on-line and find school placements that fit with my schedule. The staff went above and beyond to answer any questions, give me options, and help me find the classes I needed to take outside of UW-Oshkosh. Outstanding job EXCEL Center!