Required Core Courses

Licensure Requirements - College of Education and Human Services Prospective Graduates

  • Certification for licensure to teach in the public schools in the State of Wisconsin requires the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Education, or a Bachelor of Music Education or a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requirements, plus the program and licensure requirements of the College of Education and Human Services and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
  • All College of Education and Human Services students should meet with their assigned academic advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC) or faculty adviser on a semester basis.
  • Some of the licensure programs require the completion of specific courses, which will also meet a portion of the University Studies Program (USP) Requirements. Students should consult with their academic adviser to make decisions about the USP courses they take based on the Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Music Education or the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree requirements and personal interests.
  • Curriculum Core Courses, which consist of the following undergraduate course work:
    • Educational Foundations
      • Teaching and Learning 110 Education Policy (except Special Education Majors)
      • Teaching and Learning 235 Child and Adolescent Development 
      • Teaching and Learning 380 Educational Psychology (except Special Education Majors)
    • Professional Leadership
      • Educational Leadership 205 Introduction to Microcomputers in Education 
      • Educational Leadership 325 Instructional Technology 
      • Educational Leadership 406 Foundations of Multicultural Education 
      • Educational Leadership 408 Foundations of American Education 
    • Special Education
      • Special Education 352 Students with Disabilities in General Education 
  • Candidates in licensure areas Regular Education: Early Childhood to Middle Childhood (Birth to age 11), Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence (age 6 to approx. 12-13), Special Education: Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence (age 6 to approx. 12-13), Early Adolescence to Adolescence (age 10-21), or Middle Childhood to Adolescence (age 6-21); for Regular and Special Education Dual: Early Childhood to Middle Childhood with Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) or Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence (age 6 to approx. 12-13) with Special Education Cross Categorical (CD, ED, LD) will need to show evidence of having passed the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) with a score of 240 or higher.
  • Additional licensure requirements include program specific coursework and assessment as determined by the Department of Public Instruction and the College of Education and Human Services.

Human Relations Code

The PEP Program requires the completion of undergraduate coursework and a field experience of working with students with disabilities and direct involvement with various racial, cultural, language and economic groups. Course instructors in the College of Education and Human Services provide information and procedures for meeting these requirements as well as placement opportunities for the field experience. The Human Relations Code must be completed prior to Admission to Student Teaching. The Human Relations requirement fulfills the University Studies Program Ethnic Studies requirement for all education majors.

Pre-Student Teaching

The requirement for on-site supervised pre-student teaching clinical experiences are met in specific course work for each licensure area. Experiences occur in a variety of school settings.

Student Teaching

The requirement for student teaching is a full-day, full-semester experience in conformance with the school year calendar of the cooperating school. Applications are available at information sessions provided by the Field Experience Office the semester preceding the student teaching semester (February/September). Check campus email for dates. Student teaching applications are due on March 1/October1 preceding the student teaching semester.

Internships

Internships are provided by participating districts in accordance with policies and procedures outlined by the Wisconsin Improvement Program (WIP) governed by the Department of Public Instruction.  A separate application is necessary. Students must: be enrolled in or have completed all undergraduate course work prior to student teaching and have a positive clinical experience recommendation without any noted deficiencies at the time of application, a 3.50 professional GPA, and a 3.1 GPA in their major, minor and cumulative. A salary of $4500 and an intern license are part of this program.

Out of Area Student Teaching

Out of Area Student Teaching can be approved by the respective departments for two compelling reasons: health or spousal relocation. A 3.25 professional GPA, and a 3.1 GPA in their major, minor and cumulative is required. A supervision fee is assessed.

Urban/Tribal Field Experience

In an effort to provide interested students with diverse field experiences, the College supports out of area placements in Milwaukee, Beloit, Racine and Kenosha as well as a tribal experience associated with either the Oneida or Menominee Nation.. Eligibility requirements are identical to the out of area criteria (see above). For students choosing the urban option in Milwaukee, the Institute for Urban Education (IUE) will manage and facilitate placements.  Students become members of a cohort group from seven UW System campuses and are engaged in meaningful professional development during their student teaching semester with a focus on culturally relevant instruction and understanding of the urban community setting.

International Student Teaching

International Student Teaching is coordinated by the Educators Abroad Student Teaching Ltd (EAST) based in Duluth, Minnesota and provides placements in over 50 countries. Eligibility requirements mirror the out of area policy stated above. A stateside placement is arranged prior to the overseas placement. The Office of International Education assists in logistical and legal aspects of this program.

Teacher in Residency Program

The Teacher in Residency Program is offered for fall candidates in a cluster of west-side schools in Appleton, WI.  Select students become members of a cohort group that participates in a full-semester student teaching placement, intensive in-service and professional development and co-teaching.  Students are placed with cooperating teachers who are committed to providing an intensive practice teaching experience while incorporating frequent opportunities for reflective dialogue with teachers, administrators, a TIR mentor, and peers regarding best practices.

Teacher Licensure

Students are eligible to apply for a teaching license upon successful completion of a full semester of student teaching, submission of the Transition to Teaching Portfolio, successful completion of the edTPA and an earned bachelor's degree.

Graduation

Students apply for graduation the semester before they plan to graduate. Applications are available at www.uwosh.edu/registrar/graduation. Student records are checked by the graduation examiner. All graduation requirements must be completed by the final day of the term in which students wish to graduate.

Program Specific Licensure Requirements for: Early Childhood- Middle Childhood (Birth to age 8) and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (age 6 to approx. 12-13) Regular Education (Elementary Education)

The Regular Education curriculum may lead to licensure in Early Childhood to Middle Childhood (birth to age 11) and Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence (age 6 to 13).

Students seeking licensure in an area of Regular Education and an area of Special Education should select the Dual (Regular and Special Education) Major.

Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Majors may choose to pursue a licensable or a non-licensable minor.

Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Majors are required to pursue a licensable or a non-licensable minor. Students choosing a licensable minor will be licensed in that minor at the same level they have selected as their major with one exception.  Students completing a minor in Library Science will be licensed in Early Childhood-Adolescence (birth-age 21) in that minor.

The curriculum for all areas of Elementary Education consists of several components, including all requirements listed in the University Studies Program, Curriculum Core Courses and Additional Licensure Requirements.

Program Specific Licensure Requirements for: Early Adolescence-Regular Education (age 10 to 21) and Early Childhood through Adolescence-Regular Education (birth to age 21)

Secondary Education
The curriculum in Secondary Education may lead to licensure to teach in specific subject areas in Early Adolescence to Adolescence (age 10 to 21) or Early Childhood to Adolescence (birth to age 21). While most academic majors lead to licensure to teach in Early Adolescence to Adolescence (age 10 to 21), the following majors provide licensure in Early Childhood to Adolescence (birth to age 21): Art, Music, Physical Education and Foreign Language including English As a Second Language. All Secondary Education students have the option to choose a licensable or a non-licensable minor.

Factors to consider in selecting a major/minor are the student's aptitudes and interests. The job market is another worthwhile consideration. Students are required to discuss major/minor combinations with an adviser. Secondary Education majors and minors are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin under II. DEGREES AND AREAS OF STUDY.

The curriculum for all areas of Secondary Education consists of several components, including all requirements listed in the University Studies Program, Curriculum Core Courses and Additional Licensure Requirements.

Additional course work is also required and varies in accordance with the content major and minor of licensure sought. Those requirements include:

  • Specific course work in humanities, mathematics, natural sciences and biology and the social sciences.
  • Specific course work in reading methods, major and minor specific methods and special education

Program Specific Licensure Requirements for Special Education

The Special Education curriculum offers licensure in two areas: (1) Cross Categorical Special Education Licensure: Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence (age 6 to approx. 12-13) and (2) Cross Categorical Special Education Licensure: Early Adolescence to Adolescence (age 10 to 21). Early Childhood Special Education (birth to age 8) licensure is offered through the Dual Program.

The Cross Categorical Special Education licensure program prepares individuals to teach in a program serving students who are identified as having LD, EBD and/or CD. In the Cross Categorical Special Education licensure program, students must complete a concentration in one of the disability categorical areas of LD, EBD and/or CD. The Cross Categorical licensure areas can be combined to create a multiple level licensure. Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) licensure prepares individuals to teach in programs serving children with disabilities birth to age eight.

Department of Special and Early Childhood Education Student Achievement Goals

Upon completion of a Special Education major, undergraduate students will be able to demonstrate 1) adequacy in the knowledge base for effectively teaching and managing individuals with exceptional education needs. Further, undergraduate students will demonstrate effective teaching strategies, professional qualities and classroom management skills for individuals with exceptional education needs in field placements; 2) knowledge and application of basic competencies in: (1) philosophical, historical and legal foundations of special education; (2) characteristics of learners with exceptional education needs; (3) assessment, diagnosis and evaluation; (4) instructional content and practice; (5) planning and managing the teaching and learning environment; (6) managing student behavior and social interaction skills; (7) communication and collaborative partnerships; (8) professionalism and ethical practices; and (9) competence in written and oral communication, using appropriate special education terminology and concepts.

The curriculum for Special Education consists of several components, which include all requirements in the University Studies Program, Curriculum Core Courses, Additional Licensure Requirements. Additional coursework is also required and varies in accordance with the developmental levels sought. Those requirements include:

  • Specific coursework in humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences and biology;
  • Specific coursework in reading methods, major and minor specific methods and special education.

Licensure Requirements Dual (Elementary and Special Education or Early Childhood-Middle Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education)

The Dual Elementary and Special Education Cross Categorical Major leads to licensure in one area of regular education and special education cross categorical (CD, EBD, LD). Students may be dually licensed in Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (Birth to age 11) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)(Birth to age 8).

Students may also be dually licensed in Middle Childhood Through Early Adolescence (Age 6-13) in both regular education and special education cross-categorical (CD, EBD, LD).  

Students in the Dual Major do not take an academically oriented minor. The curriculum for all areas of the Dual Major consists of several components, which include all requirements listed in the section entitled “REQUIRED CORE COURSES”.

Additional coursework is also required and varies with the areas of licensure: Early Childhood or Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence and ECSE or Special Education Cross Categorical [CD, EBD, LD] Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence.  Those requirements include:

  • specific coursework in health, humanities, human services and professional leadership, mathematics, music, natural sciences and biology, the social sciences and history; 
  • specific coursework in art methods, regular education, music methods, physical education methods, reading education, special education.

Licensure Only and Certification Only Requirements - Baccalaureate Degree Holders

The College of Education and Human Services offers opportunities for individuals with non-teaching baccalaureate degrees to become licensed to teach in any of the programs offered (licensure program).  Individuals with a bachelor's degree in a math or science field and five or more years of work experience in a field related to math or science may qualify for licensure through the Alternative Career's in Teaching program (ACT!).  Individuals who are already licensed to teach are also able to extend their licensure to include additional developmental levels or a new major(s) or minor(s) (certification only program).  Contact the Center for Additional Teaching Licenses [(920) 424-3330 or www.uwosh.edu/excel/] to find out more about the steps to extend your license to a new developmental level or a new minor or major.

In elementary and secondary education, the student can complete these programs at the undergraduate level. Students should contact an education adviser in the Undergraduate Advising Resource Center (UARC) at (920) 424-1268 for information about licensure. Students wishing to be licensed in Special Education must enroll in the graduate program. Where programs exist, the student should consider the advantages of completing a graduate program to meet the new educational standards. Contact the Graduate School Office, Dempsey 330, (920) 424-1223, for information regarding the Special Education and additional education graduate programs.

Each person seeking licensure and/or certification in the above context is usually unique and therefore the requirements to be met cannot be listed here. Students seeking licensure or certification at the elementary or secondary levels should apply for undergraduate admission to the University and furnish official undergraduate transcripts of all collegiate level work. Upon acceptance by the University, an evaluation of transcripts will be done and a Titan Transfer advising session appointment will be scheduled. For Special Education students, the unit (cr.) check is done by the graduate coordinator in the Special Education Department and all advisement is handled by that department, (920) 424-3421. For graduate level elementary students, the unit (cr.) check is done by the graduate coordinator in the Teaching and Learning Department and all advisement is handled by the department, (920) 424-2477.   

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