Volume 5 Issue 3 | November 2019
PEP Talk
CUW's newsletter to the members of the Preferred Educational Partnership network

New 16-Credit Special Education License

The CUW graduate special education program is pleased to announce a new 16-credit accelerated online cross-categorical special education add-on licensure program. This program is for teachers who currently hold a valid teaching license (in any area) who are seeking special education licensure. There are five required graduate special education courses, a practicum, and a portfolio; which may be completed within one year depending upon when courses are taken. The cornerstone of the coursework is the Triad Model of Teaching Video Review in which teachers directly apply learning from coursework to teaching, making coursework more relevant by seeing improvement of teaching over time. The self-, peer-, and professor-review of teaching provides feedback so the teacher knows specific areas that need improving. This model is adapted from the Best Foot Forward Project at Harvard University.

Depending upon the level of current licensure graduate students may or may not be required to pass the WI Foundations of Reading Test. Students may take coursework toward licensure and/or add a Master of Science in Education degree. The program has rolling admissions and rolling enrollment. While it is an online program, face-to-face cohorts at your school are also possible. The license is cross-categorical special education, grades K-12, #2801. For more information and to discuss options for your faculty please contact Dr. Wanda Routier, Director of Graduate Special Education programs, wanda.routier@cuw.edu , 262-243-4304.
School Business Administrator License

The Concordia Department of Education Administration is pleased to announce that it is reviving a School of Business Administration licensing program as of July 1, 2020. The #5008 license will be earned through a 24 graduate credit program in cooperation with Concordia MBA program. The revival of the SBA license program came about as result of the recommendation of the ad hoc Administration Licensing Committee that made a series of recommendation in February, 2019. The ad hoc committee researched the need for a solid and rigorous School Business Administrator licensing program that would do an outstanding job of preparing the individuals to provide leadership to schools and school districts in the area of business accountability. The Concordia University Wisconsin School Business Administration licensing program will result in the Concordia University department of Education Administration endorsing individuals in the Department of Public Instruction #5008 license. The courses outlined in the program include contemporary topics that prepare individuals for the world of education in the 2020s.

Elliot Moeser, Ph.D.
Graduate Administration Program
Concordia University Wisconsin
New Visual Impairment Licensure Program
CUW has been approved by DPI to provide coursework enabling graduate students to apply for an add-on license in visual impairment, PK-12, #1825. It is the only VI licensure program in the state. This is an accelerated online program with courses in visual impairment which are 12-week courses, and special education which are 8-week courses, and includes a portfolio and practicum. The Triad Model of Teaching Video Review which is used in other CUW graduate special education programs will also be used in coursework in the visual impairment program. Students may take coursework toward licensure and/or add a Master of Science in Education degree.

There is a required Summer Residency at the CUW campus in Mequon scheduled for June 22-26, 2020. During the Summer Residency graduate students will start the courses Orientation and Mobility, and Assistive Technology. There will also be field trips to local sites related to visual impairments. On-campus housing may be arranged. 

Teachers interested in this licensure program should have a current valid Tier II teaching license in any field, and complete the online graduate application. The program has rolling admissions and rolling enrollment meaning applications are taken throughout the year with accepted students enrolling in the next available course.

For more information please contact Dr. Wanda Routier, Director of Graduate Special Education programs, wanda.routier@cuw.edu, 262-243-4304.
Reading Licenses at CUW

Concordia University Wisconsin Graduate Literacy program provides graduate candidates with the opportunity to extend their skills and leadership through our 15 credit #1316 Reading Teacher licensure program.
We offer this program online, face to face, or customized to meet specific district’s needs. The primary purposes of this program are to 1) prepare reading teachers with advanced knowledge, strategies, and professional dispositions that will allow them to work with struggling readers and assist classroom teachers to improve their literacy instruction and 2) address the science of reading skills, emphasizing the importance of teaching phonemic awareness and phonics. 
Visit our website to see pathways for our Reading Teacher license, our 30 credit Master’s degree, which includes the #5017 Reading Specialist license.

Contact Dr. Steven Witt – steven.witt@cuw.edu for more information.
Professional Development in Your District
The needs of schools and districts are constantly changing, and CUW stands ready to assist districts with professional development in a variety of ways. From in-service workshops to onsite licensing cohorts and anything in between, we are here to help!

If your district is looking for a professional development partner, please contact our Academic Partnerships Coordinator, Sarah Mayer, for more information. (262)243-4557 or sarah.mayer@cuw.edu
Give your staff a shout out!
Is there a teacher or department in your district who is doing outstanding work to better the lives of your students? We love success stories and want to share yours.

Please email your success story to sarah.mayer@cuw.edu .

Concordia University Wisconsin Graduate Education 262-243-2708