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UW-Superior Extension Program

Northwoods Nonprofits Environmental Resources
UW-Superior Continuing Education

Human Resource Generalist Certificate

Media Studio

Credit Outreach Courses

Health and Human Issues

Distance Learning Center

Educators’ Professional Development


The Individualized Major
Mediation/Conflict Resolution Certificate Program

Small Business Development Center

Elementary Education Major
Paralegal Certificate Program Cooperative Extension  
Nonprofit Administration Certificate Program The Northern Center for Community and Economic Development  
Leadership Superior/Douglas County Native American Youth Development  


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UW-Superior Extension Program

A major portion of UW-Superior’s academic outreach mission is fulfilled by faculty and staff working in collaboration with community partners through the Center for Continuing Education/Extension. 


UW-Superior faculty and academic staff hold joint appointments as UW-Extension consultants, researchers, specialists, or programmers in the areas of Education Professional Development, Liberal Studies, Community Leadership, Non-Profit Administration, Health and Human Issues, Small Business Development, Environmental Resources, Community and Economic Development, and Media Studio. For more information about available services, call the Center for Continuing Education/Extension at (715) 394-8469 or 1-800-370-9882.Website:


Faculty and Professional Staff

Marna Banks, Program Manager, Credit and Education Outreach

Cheri Boreen, Associate Outreach Specialist, Paralegal Certificate Program

Faith Hensrud, Director

Sheryl Homan, Program Manager, Nonprofit Administration

Christina Kline, Program Manager, Elderhostel

John Kunz, Program Manager, Health and Human Issues

Sue O'Halloran, Water Resource Specialist, Environmental Resources

Tom Notton, Media Specialist

Keith J. Nowicki, Program Manager, Small Business Development Center

Julianne Raymond, Director, Small Business Development Center

Susan Wallgren, Outreach Specialist, Education Outreach


UW-Superior Continuing Education


Credit Outreach Courses

The Center for Continuing Education/Extension offers approximately 100 credit courses throughout the year to provide educational opportunities primarily to people who are unable to reach the Superior campus during traditional class hours and who are not enrolled full time. Most courses are offered evenings and weekends either on campus or in other northern Wisconsin locations. A current list of Extension-funded courses is available from the Center for Continuing Education/Extension, Old Main, Room 102, or on its website. Call (715) 394-8469 for course information.


Credit Outreach courses may be included as part of a student's resident credits and credits toward graduation. Grades earned in the courses are included on a student's transcript at completion of the term in which the class is held.


Educators’ Professional Development

In addition to credit courses for teachers, Education Outreach offers conferences and workshops each year for administrators, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and curriculum specialists designed to enhance their professional expertise in a timely manner. For information call (715) 394-8033.


Mediation/Conflict Resolution Certificate Program

The UW-Superior Center for Continuing Education is a regional leader in the mediation field through quality, diversified, active learning courses and training designed to serve multiple audiences interested in mediation theory and practice. The certificate program includes a total of 19 semester credits made up of required and elective courses. Courses may also be taken on a noncredit basis by those not enrolled in the certificate program. Professional education workshops are now offered for area mediators and conflict resolvers who need to fulfill ongoing professional education. Call (715) 394-8033 for more information or visit:


Paralegal Certificate Program

The Paralegal Certificate Program consists of 30 credits of coursework in a variety of paralegal areas of theory and practice. Participants must complete 18 required core credits and 12 elective credits. The Paralegal Certificate Program may be completed in one year; however, students are allowed to complete the program at their own pace. Completing the certificate program may allow a student to work as a paralegal, legal assistant, or office support staff member in law firms, government agencies, private business or non-profit organizations. Visit:


Nonprofit Administration Certificate Program

The Nonprofit Administration Certificate Program is an educational series for individuals employed in nonprofit management and government administration. This series of noncredit workshops is provided to enhance the managerial and leadership skills of people working in not-for-profit organizations. Individuals completing 10 Continuing Education Units (100 hours) in the prescribed curriculum are awarded a Nonprofit Administration Certificate Program. Participants have up to four years to complete the program. New courses are developed continually to meet the changing needs of today’s nonprofit world. Approximately three day-long workshops are held each month in Superior, Wisconsin. It is not necessary to be enrolled in the program to attend a seminar. Additional information is available by calling (715) 394-8469 or visit


Leadership Superior/Douglas County

The Center for Continuing Education/Extension sponsors a regional 10-month program to enhance the progress of Northern Wisconsin by training present and future leaders and helping them to become engaged in their community. Participates are selected through a competitive process.  Persons who live and/or work in Superior or Douglas County are invited to apply for the program each June. For further information contact (715) 394-8030 or visit


Northwoods Nonprofits

Northwoods Nonprofits is an educational program serving nonprofits in the Chequamegon Bay area, Wisconsin, Duluth/Superior area, and Brainerd Lakes region, Minnesota. This effort is to help nonprofits build the capacity of their organizations through education, mentoring, resource-sharing, and networking. Three half-day workshops are held each year in each of the three communities. For more information and a list of resources, visit


Human Resource Generalist Certificate

The Human Resource Generalist Certificate is geared to busy professionals whose duties include human resource management. Seven full-day workshops (including human resource management, team building, current personnel issues, etc.) are required to complete this program. Individuals completing the required 4.8 Continuing Education Units (48 hours) are awarded a Human Resource Generalist Certificate. Participants may complete the program in one year or two. For more information, call (715) 394-8469 or visit


Health and Human Issues

The Health and Human Issues Program provides many choices for learning in the area of health-related issues. Conferences and workshops are offered individually, and in the context of our certificate programs. Course work is presented by professionals who work in the specific fields of the topics that are studied.


The majority of programs in this area are designed for health professionals; although many of the topics are of interest to the lay person as well. The informational needs of the region on health related subjects is growing, and this field is expected to continue to expand its program offerings. Subject areas include, but are not limited to, aging issues, mental health, Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, cancer, hepatitis, healthy lifestyles and tobacco free campaign. Three levels of workshops on ethics as well as on legal issues are offered to specifically meet the needs of Wisconsin social workers. Special grant-funded programming on poverty and Native American Cultural Issues has been a special focus. For information on current offerings call 715-394-8469 or visit



Elderhostel, a national program for individuals over age 55, offers non-credit courses, field trips and evening social activities during spring, summer, fall, and winter. No prior education is necessary. Recent programs have included education on Lake Superior Aquatic Life, Geology of Lake Superior, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Edmund Fitzgerald, Apostle Island Exploration, and Raptor Migration. For more information call (715) 394-8055 or visit


Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center offers owners and managers of small businesses and entrepreneurs considering going into business confidential, no-cost, individual counseling services and low-cost training programs in a variety of business related areas. Topics include but are not limited to: writing a business plan, buying or selling a business, developing a marketing plan, accounting practices, managing personnel, and controlling costs.


The Small Business Development Center offers an eight-session Entrepreneurial Training Program in connection with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, and counseling services through funds provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. For information call (715) 394-8351 or 800-410-8351 or visit


Cooperative Extension

UW-Extension provides funding for a number of initiatives linking the expertise of faculty on the UW-Superior campus with the needs of the region's residents. These include the Northern Center for Community and Economic Development, Native American Youth Development, Environmental Resources, and Media Studio.


The Northern Center for Community and Economic Development

The center’s staff is part of the statewide Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development (CNRED) program area of UW-Extension. The center focuses on applied research and education in northern Wisconsin. It works with and through the county-based Community Resource Development Educators of UW-Extension. This is in support of statewide educational emphases in four areas: economic development, natural resources, leadership and organizational development, and local government. As a regional center, it also works directly with multi-county and statewide organizations and agencies on issues of specific importance to northern Wisconsin. For more information call (715) 394-8294.


Native American Youth Development

This specialist position provides resources and expertise to enable Extension educators and others to work more effectively with youth in Native American communities within the state.


Environmental Resources

Faculty and staff work with community and county agents to assist citizens in resolving specialized problems. Emphasis is placed on natural resources with a focus on water quality.


Media Studio

Cooperative Extension staff work in coordination with statewide program leaders and regional county Extension agents, and other Extension faculty and staff, to create video resources focused on education around specialized problems.


Distance Learning Center

The Distance Learning Center (DLC) provides a single point of contact for students, staff and faculty who have questions about distance learning opportunities. The Distance Learning Center offers flexible online and print courses on a term basis that parallels the on-campus program.  Students may complete an undergraduate degree, enroll in individual courses, or earn credit through assessment of prior learning. Financial aid is available to qualified students.


Before entering the program, students must be admitted to the university and engage in an enrollment conference with their advisor. The Distance Learning Center offers two majors:


The Individualized Major

Career and family commitments or distances from the campus are not barriers to completing a degree. Distance education students have the option of designing an academic program unique to their educational, career or personal goals. The individualized major (IM) designed by the distance learner

·        requires 54-57 semester credits.

·        includes a minimum of three areas of study (disciplines).

·        must have a purpose, a theme, a rationale. 

·        may include past learning and new learning.

·        must be initiated when a student has accumulated 40 credits.

·        must include a supportive statement which expands on the rational for the purpose of the major.

·        is designed by the student, in cooperation with an advisor.

·        must be approved by the advisor, faculty panel members, the director of the Distance Learning Center, and the UW-Superior Credits Committee. 


In addition to the Individualized Major, the distance learning student must also meet the General Education and elective credit requirements for a baccaleaureate degree. For further information, refer to the section of this catalog titled Individually Designed Programs or visit the DLC website:


Elementary Education Major

It is possible for distance learning students to complete most of the requirements for elementary education certification through the Distance Learning Center. The degree will consist of:

·        General Education requirements for elementary education

·        Elementary Education Major

·        Teaching minor requirements

·        Co-requisite requirements

·        Other requirements of the major:

·        Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

·        A minimum of 121.5 to 141 credits.


Elementary education certification is provided only for Wisconsin and Minnesota residents.  Minnesota residents must contact the Minnesota Department of Education for current licensing requirements.


For additional information about the elementary education major, please refer to the “Teacher Education” section in the Undergraduate Academic Programs portion of this catalog. You may also visit the following website:


On-Campus Student Requests to take a Course Offered through the DLC

Students requesting to take one of the courses offered by the Distance Learning Center must petition for approval. The petition must be signed by the student’s advisor, the instructor of the course, chair of the instructor’s department, and the director of the Distance Learning Center. On-campus students may not petition to take education courses offered by the Distance Learning Center.


On-Campus Online Courses are Available to Both On-Campus Students and Distance Learning Students

·     On-campus students: Students who are attending classes on campus have the option of taking some on-campus courses that are offered totally online. Students must register for the courses through the Registrar’s Office, and will be assessed a separate online course fee.  Online courses are not part of the 12-18 credit plateau for fee purposes.

·     Distance learning students: Students who live far from campus may wish to take online courses offered through the on-campus program. These students must first enroll in the DLC as either a degree-seeking or special student. The online course fee applies.


Interactive Distance Education/Interactive Television Courses (ITV)

The DLC provides programming for all Interactive Television courses offered through UW-Superior. Faculty and staff interested in using the ITV Network can select from over 300 sites throughout the state to offer courses. The DLC works cooperatively with Computing and Media Services to provide technical support and learning opportunities for faculty who teach using ITV.  For a list of courses each term, contact the Distance Learning Center.


UW-Superior Foundation Distance Learning Scholarships

UW-Superior Foundation scholarships are awarded to assist the currently enrolled distance learning student who has established goals and made progress toward those goals through the Distance Learning Center. Applications with further information about the scholarships are available from the DLC.


Assessment of Prior Learning Experiences

The following options for credit by prior learning experiences are available to all university students.

·     Documented Portfolio: Students with learning experiences that may be comparable to the learning outcomes of a university course, and which can be documented, may request credit for those experiences through the assessment of prior learning process. Credit may be requested for university-level learning acquired through on-the-job training, military service, community volunteer work or other experiences. A student may combine prior learning with the learning offered by the Distance Learning Center to satisfy degree requirements. Students should address questions regarding assessment of prior learning to the Coordinator of Assessment of Prior Learning, Distance Learning Center, Erlanson Hall, Room 105, (715) 394-8464.

·     Technical School Credit: Students may request credit for technical school learning through an abbreviated process of the documented Portfolio (above). Contact the Registrar’s Office, Main 139.

·     Credit by CLEP/DANTES Exam: Students may receive credit for passing scores on certain exams offered by CLEP or DANTES. (Refer to the section of this catalog, “Credit for Prior Learning Experiences.”)  Contact the Distance Learning Center, Erlanson 105.

·     Credit by Departmental Exam: For some of the courses offered by UW-Superior, the student may have the option of taking departmental examinations for credit. (Refer to the section of this catalog, “Credit for Prior Learning Experiences.”) Contact the Registrar’s Office, Main 139.


For more information regarding distance learning, e-mail:; call (715) 394-8487 or toll-free 877-528-6597; fax (715) 394-8139 or visit: