Alternative Education

Graduate Certificate in Alternative Education

Licensure for Wisconsin Educators

Gain a solid foundation in the history, philosophy, educational psychology, curriculum, instruction and management involved in the rapidly growing area of Alternative Education. 

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls has developed the courses that will effectively prepare teachers and administrators to work in alternative education settings. Each two-credit course is offered completely online in an asynchronous format.

Who Should Enroll

  • Licensed Wisconsin educators seeking a WI 952 license
  • Any educator wishing to learn more about teaching in alternative education settings
  • Current alternative educators who would like to continue their professional development

Key Features

  • All classes are online in an asynchronous format – you can log on anytime.
  • Participants will be able to interact with fellow educators from all over the state and country.
  • Each class is completed in approximately six weeks.
  • Practical experience is incorporated throughout the courses.
  • Both theoretical and practical experiences based on a reflective practice model.
  • Courses are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for 952 certification.

Program Curriculum

To qualify for Wisconsin certification in alternative education, students will complete four core classes (eight credits) and a certification portfolio as specified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Students will also complete a practicum concurrently with the four core classes. To do so, students need to be working in an alternative education program or arrange to have access to a program so that observations can be made and conversations held with practitioners.

Offered in Summer:

AED 700 History and Philosophy of Alternative Education, 2 credits

Offered in Fall:

AED 701 Alternative Education Students: Who are They?, 2 credits
AED 702 Teaching and Working with Alternative Students, 2 credits

Offered in Spring:

AED 703 Building and Evaluating Alternative Programs, 2 credits

Elective Course
AED 689 Topics in Alternative Education , 2 credits

Admission Requirements

Students will need to meet the general admission requirements for graduate study at UWRF.

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