Course Requirements


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

Content coursework 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.
  • If you plan to take a course from an institution other than UW-Oshkosh or the University of Wisconsin Colleges, the act! program Director must approve all courses prior to enrollment in the course.
  • You must submit official transcripts verifying completion and the grade received for the course to the act! program Director, and it must be on file before applying to student teach.

Environmental Education Requirement (for licensure in Science only)

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

Content Course Requirements

Many of the course requirements have been fulfilled by the general education courses that were completed with a C or better from your undergraduate degree.  If you have not met these requirements, you must take additional courses or request credit for prior learning

  • Communications: Fundamentals of Speech or equivalent course
  • Instructional Technology: computer applications or technology courses
  • Ethnic Studies: course designated as ethnic studies 
  • Conflict Resolution: EDU 201 Concepts, Issues and Field Experience in Education

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

  • Courses are offered entirely online and can be taken from anywhere.
  • Browse UW Colleges Online courses offered by subject, semester, keyword and more.
  • UW Colleges Online deadlines to apply for these courses

Distance Learning Wisconsin 

  • Distance Learning Wisconsin is your gateway to information about UW System courses and programs offered through distance education.
  • Browse by the desired subject. An advanced search is available.

UW Independent Learning

  • 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 requirement and show how fundamental principles and techniques of the subject were learned and applied in the workplace.
  • 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. 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-Wisconsin to verify equivalency of any courses taken at UW Colleges to satisfy those requirements.