Course Requirements

Coursework

UW Colleges Course Number of Credits UW-Oshkosh Course
  1 Sec Edu 221 act! Orientation
EDU 201 Concepts, Issues and Field Experiences in Education 3 Sec Edu 201
EDU 230 Education Psychology, EDU 250 or Psychology 330 3 Educational Psychology 380 or Edu Found 235 Child and Adolescent Development 
EDU 300 The Exceptional Individual  3 Spec Edu 352 Children and Youth with Disabilities in General Education
Ethnic Studies* 2  
Instructional Technology* 2  
Speech* 3  
Total UW Colleges Credits 17  
  3 Sec Ed 313 Methods of Teaching Technology Education for act! students, Sec Edu 317 Science Teaching Methods for act! students or Sec Edu 318 Mathematics Teaching Methods for act! students
  4 Lit & Lang 435 Adolescent Literacy Methods
  10 Sec Edu 400 Student Teaching in Middle School and Student Teaching in High School
  2 Instructional Technology*
Total UW-Oshkosh Credits 19  
Total Education Credits 34 (40)  
Mathematics or Science Content Coursework  TBD As determined by transcript review 

*Credits for these courses are included in the total education credits. However, many students have taken courses that meet the ethnic studies, instructional technology, and speech requirements before applying to the act! Program. Students who have not met these requirements must take these courses or request credit for prior learning.

Math, Science or Technology Content Coursework

If content coursework is required, those courses can be taken at any approved 2-year or 4-year institution in any format (i.e., face to face in a classroom setting, online or hybrid). Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA in all coursework completed during the act! program. The act! program Director must approve all courses, other than those offered by UW-Oshkosh or the UW Colleges, prior to enrollment in the course. Official transcripts verifying completion of a course and the grade received for the course must be submitted to the act! program Director, and must be on file before applying to student teach.

Environmental Education Requirement (for licensure in Science only)

Applicants may submit a request with supporting documentation to receive credit for prior learning for Environmental Education if they have learned how to teach K-12 students in an outdoor setting and if they taught science in an outdoor setting.

Communications Requirement

Many applicants have taken Fundamentals of Speech, or an equivalent course, in the general education component of their undergraduate degree. Program students who have not completed a Fundamentals of Speech course, or equivalent, with a grade of C or better have two options for completing the Speech requirement:

  • Complete a Fundamentals of Speech course, or equivalent, at UW-Oshkosh, UW Colleges or another institution.
  • Submit a request to receive credit for prior learning with supporting documentation of how fundamental principles and techniques of speech were learned and how those techniques were applied in the work place.

Instructional Technology Requirement

Many applicants took a computer applications or technology course as part of the general education component within their undergraduate degree. Program students who have not completed this requirement have the option to submit a request to receive credit for prior learning in instructional technology. This request must include supporting documentation illustrating significant opportunities to learn principles and techniques for using instructional technologies, and how those technologies were used and applied in the work place.

Ethnic Studies Requirement

Many applicants have taken a course related to ethnic studies as a part of the general education component during their undergraduate degree. Any applicant who has not completed an ethnic studies course must do so after enrolling in the act! program or can submit a request with supporting documentation to receive credit for prior learning.

Conflict Resolution

Applicants can submit a request to receive credit for prior learning for conflict resolution by documenting significant opportunities to learn principles and techniques related to conflict resolution, and how those techniques have been applied in the work place. Students taking EDU 201, Concepts, Issues, and Field Experience in Education, will have this requirement met with course instruction.

Course Search

Below are suggested links for online, hybrid or alternative delivery courses in education or content areas. All courses need to be approved prior to enrollment.

UW Colleges Online offers courses that are entirely online and can be taken from anywhere including: home, school, work or traveling afar.

Distance Learning Wisconsinis your gateway to information about UW System courses and programs wherein teachers and students are separated by physical distance for all or the majority of the course.

  • Browse by desired subject. An advanced search is available.

UW Independent Learning delivers non-degree, print-based independent learning courses and creative, e-learning solutions.

  • Choose "Course Catalog" to see available courses in the desired content or developmental area.
  • You are able to enroll in these courses at ANY time.
  • You have one year to complete the course.

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for a specific course or statutory requirement may be awarded for prior learning if provided documentation meets the following requirements:

  • A written statement from the student describing the learning experience, including how the experience is similar to a specific course or statutory requirement.
  • Written or electronic evidence, produced by the student, indicating what was learned through the experience (a unit of instruction, web site, certificate of completion, etc.).
  • Verification of the learning and/or performance by an individual capable of providing an independent assessment of the student’s learning or performance (a supervisor’s evaluation, evaluation by a knowledgeable peer, workshop leader, etc.).

Each requirement above will be evaluated by the act! program Director, or designate, as acceptable or unacceptable according to the rubric below. Credit may be awarded for meeting 2 of the 3 requirements above if tangible evidence of a performance cannot be provided (for example, if the performance or supervisor’s evaluation would contain privileged information produced while the student was employed).

Refer to the UW System Transfer Information System to verify equivalency of any courses take at UW-Fox Valley to satisfy those requirements.