College of Education and Human Services


The College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) is distinctive in its commitment to preparing new teachers, providing quality professional development for continuing educators, school/community and college/university counselors, new and continuing school administrators ( Principals, Directors of Curriculum, and Pupil Services), advanced Reading Professionals and Human Services (primarily Non-Profit Agencies) Leadership personnel. The “Caring Intellectual” conceptual framework is the long-standing vision and values modality that scaffolds the curricular decisions made by faculty and staff to advance these programs into the extensive reach of the college across the state. The COEHS is structured into eight departments, ten support and/or outreach divisions and the college administration offices.

Over the last six years, the COEHS has become the state’s primary college of education outreach campus through the continued development and operationalizing of a growing web of partnerships, collaborations and less formal relationships with Wisconsin PK-12 schools and districts, Cooperative Education Services Agencies (CESA’s), non-profit agencies and other UW campuses that stretches across the state.

The aims of the outreach programs, professional visits and constant program adaptation to meet partner institutional needs are threefold;

a. To assist Wisconsin’s 400+ school districts in their ongoing efforts to enhance student learning, integrate technology into instruction and assessment, incorporate principles of inclusive excellence, utilize best practices and latest research with ELL students as they incorporate the growing demographic changes in Wisconsin schools, to enhance integrative instruction (RtI) and grapple with national and state mandated assessment changes that grounds teaching and learning with district goals and new programs such as the Common Core;

b. Through the new Wisconsin Rural Education Center (Virtual) to provide rural schools with the ability to provide better continuing education for teachers and administrators, to provide locally based degrees with enhanced local job opportunities for high school graduates and community adults and network rural Wisconsin’s schools, human service and care agencies and communities in a more intentional collaborative structure.

c. To connect rural schools, community nonprofit and human service agencies with institutions of higher educations to provide advanced degrees, professional development and advanced workshops through use of local nodes of learning and participation, whether in a local physical site or via an integrated web-based delivery system comprising four year, two year and tech colleges.

Departments and Divisions of the COEHS

While specific department and division web sites explaining programs, requirements, license specific courses and entrance/exit exams and criteria, staff, faculty and courses are all listed on individual web sites, the College’s site [ ] is the landing page for interest, news and information enhanced by the College’s incorporation of planned branding and market approaches.
The Departments and Chairs are:

  • Curriculum and Instruction Department: Dr. John Lemberger
  • Literacy and Language Department: Dr. Michael Ford
  • Special Education Department: Dr. Stacey Skoning
  • Professional Counseling Department: Dr. Alan Saginak
  • Human Kinetics and Health Education: Dr. Christine Tipps
  • Educational Leadership Department: Dr. Marguerite Parks
  • Human Services Leadership Department: Dr. Janet Hagen
  • Educational Foundations Department: Dr. Peter Meyerson

The Division’s and their Directors are:

  • Reading Study Center: Victoria Haydock
  • Project Success: Karen Schmidt
  • act! : Dr. Michael Beeth
  • Center for Additional Teaching Licenses: Penny Buckley and Dr. Barbara Herzog
  • Office of Field Experience: MaryBeth Petesch
  • Office of Field Placement (HSL): Annette Larie
  • Professional Education Program (PEP) Office: Jean Inda
  • Office of Outreach and K12 Projects: Jim Hoffman
  • Office of Marketing and Web Development: Margaret Brill
  • Office of Technology: Julio Moran

Outreach and Program Achievements in 2012-2013:

  • Approval by the campus and UW System for the initiation of the Human Services Leadership Department’s new masters, Master’s In Transnational Human Services Leadership. The degree is intended to be all online, including marketing, admissions, course registration and delivery, and will be linked to their international e-journal and new conference proposal.
  • Continuation of the summer PK-12/CESA professional development visits by the COEHS Outreach office moving to the broad 55+ visits in Summer 2012 to more targeted project oriented visits to districts in the COEHS two PK-12 Advisory Councils (one is mandated by DPI per WI PI-23 statute). Visits ranged from CESA 3 in the far southwest of the state to most of the eastern portion of the state along Lake Michigan. In addition to exploring involvement in COEHS programs, discussions ranged from post-Act 10 new salary projects, professional development for teachers, need for and our Add-On Licensure program for teachers acquiring different licenses so as to enhance salaries, marketability and job stability as we continue in uncertain budget times in PK-16 environments.
  • The Professional Counseling Department organized and successfully managed their second study and travel abroad experience in Malaysia in January 2013. The experience includes a 3-credit graduate course focusing on service-learning, spirituality and religion and the culture and society of Malaysia.
  • Principal’s (51) licensure and Educational Leadership Master’s degree program moved from a primarily on-campus program to the northeast of the state for a district based outreach collaboration with rapidly growing numbers of majors in both on- and off- campus venues.
  • Continued and expanded the collaborative program with UW Colleges; five campuses (UWs Fox Valley, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Washing ton County are the base for three degrees and two initial teaching licenses – Human Services Leadership, Special Education and Early Childhood). In late Spring 2013, added two more UW College campuses – UW Rock County and UW Marathon County.
  • The “Reading Department” in the College voted to approve a new title; The Literacy and Language Department.
  • The Literacy and Language Department and the Reading Study Center collaborated to develop study plans, videos, and a series of workshops for students in the COEHS teacher education program who need to pass the new Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Exam, effective with any student graduated and being recommended for initial elementary licensure after January 30, 2014.
  • Continuation of the Wyoming Wind River Tribal College Early Childhood degree program and addition of a new cohort in early childhood, however the new group is aiming for both the degree and a Wisconsin teaching license.
  • Initiation of the Wind River Reservation’s Wind River [Tribal] Institute collaboration with the Human Services Department for students wanting the Human Services Leadership baccalaureate, which will begin Spring 2014.
  • The PEP (Professional Education Program) Office in Spring of 2012 completed its move to being able to facilitate the requirement for all majors to engage in the use of an e-portfolio. The COEHS will initiate the operation of this e-portfolio in Fall of 2012 as part of its several year work-up to the new DPI mandated EdTPA portfolio, which goes live in Fall of 2015. The EdTPA will become one of the major criteria for a successful teacher education program in Wisconsin; i.e. continued accreditation.
  • The Professional Counseling Department for the second year led a group of their graduate students to Camp Erin in late summer 2012 to work with children suffering from grief and bereavement issues. The students will gain experience and an opportunity to create collaborations with the camp.
  • Project Success completed its relocation from UW Oshkosh’s Administrative Services Division to the COEHS including the hiring of a new Director, Karen Schmidt. Along with several other new administrative and tutorial staff, Project Success worked up its first strategic marketing program, including more of a Midwestern interstate push for recruitment. This included a new website with appropriate material for students with language based learning disabilities using videos versus text.
  • The Special Education Department developed a certificate program in American Sign Language (ASL) and the Deaf Culture. This was a natural after the department hosting many years of a large sign language student club.
  • Continued discussion with school districts and the two K-12 Advisory Councils on the utility and interest in the Bilingual Reading Teacher Certificate (Curriculum and Instruction Dept.) which prepares teachers to better support ELL students in Wisconsin’s increasing multi-language classrooms as well as the Autism certificate (Special Education Dept.).
  • The Professional Counseling Department continued their service-learning partnership with the Oshkosh Area School District, including the work around the Lighted School House Program at Webster Stanley Elementary School, Washington Elementary School and Oshkosh West High School.
  • Another successful year of the Appleton District Teacher in Residence program, an 18 week immersive co-teaching experience replacing student teaching for students in the program. As part of its expanded district collaborations, the college sent a number of COEHS faculty and some of the Appleton District’s teachers to Bloomington, MN, to be trained in co-teaching principles and implementation.
  • The Literacy and Language Department offered another successful Hot Topics in Literacy Conference in October of 2012.
  • The Office of Field Experience continued to maintain 100% compliance with DPI’s requirement of supervision training for all PK-12 district cooperating teachers.
  • The college has one of the state’s largest and longest running English as a Second Language (ESL) grant based programs, initially called Adelante and now Estrella. The current Estrella II grant at 5-years and $1,500,000 funded is the fourth iteration of this grant. The program and its grants prepare teachers, incipient and current, in the region for working through ESL and bilingual licensure and assists teachers and paraprofessionals in the classroom to manage linguistic/cultural differences in the classroom in styles that enhance student learning.
  • The COEHS continued its two PK-12 Advisory Councils, one based in Plymouth covering the area schools from Lake Winnebago to Lake Michigan and targeting primarily rural districts, and the other based at CESA 6 in the Fox Valley region working with more metro/suburban districts. Both groups generally meet twice a semester, exchanging views and concerns on current issues such as Teacher Effectiveness, need for new teachers to know more assessment, where we are with Common Core and the continuing budget issues in the state.
  • The Curriculum and Instruction Department partnered with the Office of Science Outreach in the College of Letters and Science to initiate and organize several Family STEM Nights at Oshkosh Area School District middle schools. As part of the project, the 3rd grades students from Franklin Elementary, with their principal, Ms. Jamie Kohl, spent a day on the UW Oshkosh campus, had lunch with college students in Blackhawk Commons and participated in some STEM lab activities.
  • The Fox Valley Writing Project (FVWP) completed year 3 of the ELSAC (Enhancing Learning in Subject Area Classrooms), a partnership with Appleton Area School District. The ELSAC partnership was funded by a UW System grant aimed at increasing and improving PK-12 teacher quality. The FVWP also completed its first “Rural Wisconsin Writing Institute” in the Clintonville School District.
  • The Human Services and Educational Leadership Department divided so as to better further their distinct missions and degree programs in to the Human Services Leadership Department and the Educational Leadership Department. Each department maintained all of its own program related courses and faculty, although now pursuing new master’s degrees.
  • The College maintained its member ship on and continued to attend the Dept. of Public Instruction Superintendent’s Rural Advisory Council of Schools, Libraries and Communities. These meetings focus on rural schools and community issues and are heal twice per year in rural school districts in varying locations around the state.
  • The Reading Study Center continued its support work helping COEHS students prepare for the Praxis I exam necessary for admission to a teaching licensure program. This year the Center (RSC) hit a new high of assisting 334 students on the Praxis I through multiple formats.
  • The Professional Counseling Department is preparing for their next accreditation review with CACREP submitting their self-study in January 2013.
  • The new Human Services Leadership (HSL) department garnered reaccreditation for 2012-2017 with the Council on Standards in Human Service Education.
  • The Reading Study Center increased its 2010-2011 usage by students of its reading and writing support opportunities by 280 to a new level of 2,887 students in the past year.
  • The Literacy and Language Department completed the Sheboygan and Lac du Flambeau area cohorts for the Reading 317 license and the Master’s degree, along with continuing the Menominee Nation and the Marinette/Crivitz School District cohorts. The department also initiated the reading licensure programs at both CESA 5 and CESA 3.
  • The Professional Counseling Department in collaboration with the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross in April 2013 organized DMH (Disaster Mental Health) training on the UW Oshkosh campus to prepare students and others for working with victims and others of disasters.
  • The Special Education Department continued to develop the foundation and structure of their upcoming degree and licensure program hosted by the Plymouth School District, Plymouth, WI. It is anticipated the program will admit its first students in Fall 2013 and is a collaboration between UW Oshkosh, the Plymouth Area School District, and two year UW Colleges in Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Fox Valley, Washington County and Fond du Lac.
  • The Curriculum and Instruction Department developed a Math Intervention Certificate, somewhat akin to an RtI approach for math learning with the idea of beginning graduate instruction In Summer 2013. The program will be different in that it will offer reduced tuition for non-credit bearing courses that teachers desire for purposes of professional development.
  • The Human Kinetics and Health Education (HK and HE) Department , at the strong suggestion of a number of regional K-12 district administrators, revised its Physical Education degree program to add Adaptive Phy Ed and Health Education including the appropriate state teaching licenses. This creates a single degree program in this area with 3 licenses, thereby dramatically improving the employment opportunities for our students.
  • The Human Kinetics and Health Education (HK and HE) Department created a partnership with the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) so that our students can earn the nationally recognized, as well as by the WIAA, ASEP Coaching Certification.