Collaboration and Outreach
The College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) is active in a wide range of educational development projects and partnerships in local and regional communities and school districts.
This accelerated, nontraditional teacher preparation program allows professionals who have completed an associate's degree within the Wisconsin Technical College System to transition into a Bachelor of Science in Education and teacher licensure program at UW Oshkosh.
Alternative Careers in Teaching is a teacher licensure program designed specifically for working professionals with a bachelor's degree and at least five years of work experience who desire a career teaching secondary level mathematics or science. It is a cooperative program between the UW Colleges and UW Oshkosh.
The Breaking Barriers with Books program continues to serve as a national model for using literacy to build relationships between inmates and their children. Developed by UW Oshkosh reading professor Michelina Manzi, the program was recently highlighted in “Celebrating Family Literacy for 20 Years: Selected Case Studies 1989-2009,” which showcases highly effective programs funded by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
The K-12 Schools Advisory Councils were created to provide a forum for discussing and resolving educational issues that affect K-12 schools and higher education in the UW Oshkosh COEHS service area. By developing partnerships between K-12 schools and higher education this advisory council hopes to further the education of all students.
The COEHS K-12 School District and CESA Outreach Program serves to create long-lasting connections with area school districts to understand their challenges and determine specific program needs. It also helps the college understand the effectiveness of its post-baccalaureate programs, the strengths of newly hired teachers from UW Oshkosh and the challenges they face.
Established between the UW Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services and UW College Campuses, the Collaborative Degree Program conveniently offers individuals in the workplace or individuals wanting to stay close to home the opportunity to complete a UW Oshkosh Bachelor's Degree in
- Early Childhood Education (pre-K to grade 6)
- Special Education (cross-categorical, K-12)
- Human Services Leadership
UW Oshkosh, in partnership with UW-Sheboygan, provides a collaborative early/elementary BSE and teaching licensure program that can be completed entirely on the UW-Sheboygan campus and with the additional support of the Sheboygan Area School District. The program uses a field based model to prepare new teachers primarily for early childhood settings in schools and preschools.
UW Oshkosh runs the largest Head Start program in the state. A federal program, Head Start is designed to help preschool children from low-income families succeed through educational activities, healthy meals and snacks, and free medical and dental care.
The Rural Pre-college Program brings to the UW Oshkosh campus Native American, Latino, Hmong and rural Wisconsin high school students who have strong academic and leadership backgrounds and have the potential to become the first in their families to attend college. Each summer, 15 to 20 students are selected to participate in the week-long program at UW Oshkosh.
This unique Teacher in Residency program, developed in partnership with the Appleton Area School District, provides selected student teachers from the college an opportunity for an intensive full-semester placement that includes involvement in school-wide initiatives, weekly discussions with peers and mentors and opportunities for compensated school duties.
Each year, a dozen College of Education and Human Services students take a four day trip to engage with diverse students and see successful innovations in education. Students who participate in this program will have a much broader perspective in their field and will also have the opportunity to challenge their own thinking about schooling in these settings.
Supported by the Wisconsin Cooperative Education Services Agency (CESA) districts, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, UW System and rural school districts, the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance strives to meet the unique needs of rural schools in the state.