Grant facilitates evaluation of licensure requirements for non-UWO grads
Michael Beeth, director of the EXCEL Center within the College of Education and Human Services, recently received $18,652 from UW System for “Assessing and Awarding Credit for Prior Learning to Nontraditional Students in a Post-baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program.”
“One reason for this project is that individuals with a degree from another institution who come to UW Oshkosh to obtain our recommendation a teaching license –through the Alternative Careers in Teaching (act!) or Add-on Licensure (aol!) programs–need to know if they have already satisfied DPI guidelines,” said Beeth.
In conjunction with academic adviser Bryan Bain and graduate assistant Lisa Frankel, Beeth will compare the Wisconsin Department of Instruction's (DPI) licensure guidelines with the degree requirements for UW Oshkosh education majors or minors. The intent is to determine the set of content courses required for individuals who have a degree from another institution to receive a teaching license through the college. “Our hunch is this set of courses will be similar to the core requirements for a major or minor, or possibly less.”
The general rule here and at all other universities is for faculty to determine the number and range of content courses in their majors and minors. In most cases, there is a core set of required courses, along with a focused set of electives. However, for teacher licensure, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a specific set of guidelines for the content a teacher should know.
“Individuals who come with a degree from another institution may have the content knowledge expected of a teacher, although it is unlikely they would have taken the exact courses that are required for a major or minor here,” said Beeth.