This is a cohort-based program designed to assist professionals with an associate degree in Early Childhood Education planning on earning a bachelor's degree and teacher certification in Early Childhood Education. As a group, students admitted to the Central Wisconsin Alliance Program will:
Complete teaching methods coursework through UW-Stevens Point, via hybrid courses (face-to-face/online).
In addition, specific UWSP General Education Requirements will be taken outside of the cohort group, at a time and school that works best for the individual student. Students interested in the 2013-14 cohort could begin work on these courses as early as spring 2013.
Upon completion of all required coursework and the required Praxis II Content Test, a semester of student teaching (following the school district’s calendar) will be required.
Note: Teacher certification is not required in the CWAEC program. Students choosing to forego teacher certification must complete alternative coursework instead of student teaching.
Who will benefit from the program
The Central Wisconsin Alliance for Early Childhood Education Program will provide opportunities for working professionals to pursue a Bachelor's Degree and teacher certification in Early Childhood, ages 0-8.
The program will:
- Allow individuals with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from a Wisconsin Technical College System school (WTCS) to pursue a bachelor's degree and Wisconsin teacher certification close to home.
- Allow required credits from the associate degree to dovetail with the existing UWSP Early Childhood Program.
- Provides flexibility in scheduling additional UWSP General Education Requirements.
- Offer support from both UWSP and WTCS faculty and staff.
The program consists of three areas of coursework to complete the program:
- Required courses from the WTCS Early Childhood Associate Degree (32* transferable credits to UW-Stevens Point). Additional General Education Requirement courses may also transfer.
- UWSP Core Education Courses (45 credits with an additional 13 credits of student teaching). Participating students will work in a cohort setting. Courses will be offered in a hybrid format (face-to-face/online) to accommodate practicing professionals.
- Required UWSP General Education Requirements to be taken through a variety of campuses (28-37 credits).
Note: Elective credits may be required to reach 120 credits required for the bachelor's degree.
*Students who have completed WTCS Early Childhood Education courses prior to Fall 2006 MAY require additional UWSP courses, pending a review of the course syllabi.
Licensure in Early Childhood Education is available to individuals who have met the following criteria:
Complete all required courses as outlined in the Individual Program Plan.
Meet minimum cumulative and major GPAs of 2.75, including transfer coursework.
Demonstrate the knowledge, dispositions, and performances that substantiate competence in the standards at required exit level proficiency through multiple measures over time, culminating in assessment during student teaching, internships or practicums including a Professional Education Portfolio and Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA).
Demonstrate content knowledge by receiving passing score (147 or higher) on state-approved standardized tests: Praxis II – "Elementary Education: Content Knowledge" test #0014 (paper-based) or test #5014 (computer-based).
Early Childhood majors must demonstrate knowledge of reading methodology by receiving passing scores on the MTEL Reading Test.
Successful completion of student teaching semester and Professional Education Portfolio.