Accelerated Certification in Elementary Education (ACEE)



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The ACEE accelerated elementary education licensure program is ideal for those who have a non-teaching bachelor's degree and are either teaching elementary education with a license with stipulations (emergency license), or want a career change to impact students. The ACEE program is offered 100% online, with the exception of in-person clinical experiences. The final semester of student teaching requires a full-time, semester-long placement in an elementary school, following the calendar of the school district.

Enrollment for summer 2022 is now full. We are now only accepting applications for summer 2023 enrollment.

Program Benefits

  • Course completion for licensure in 2 years, with no compromise in quality of training.
  • Paid student teaching is an option to those already employed in a setting that meets student teaching requirements prior to the start of the student teaching semester. If you have specific questions about student teaching placements please contact the Office of Field Experiences.
  • Flexible curriculum that is completed online.
  • An M.S. in Education can be completed with an additional 3 credits taken after all other courses are completed. Note: 30 approved graduate credits are required for the M.S. in Education.
  • Taught by UWSP faculty with extensive experience as elementary educators and classroom teachers.
  • Free workshops and online training to assist students with passing the Foundation of Reading Test.
  • Allows for integration of course requirements with current education job responsibilities. 
  • Curriculum is credit-based which allows for financial aid.
  • Curriculum includes required pre-clinical experience to ensure hands-on learning.

Course Requirements

​Course Credits ​Term
​EDUC 723 - The Psychology of the Classroom
2
​Summer I
EDUC 755 - Foundations of Special Education ​3 ​Summer I
​EDUC 718 - Core Components of Teaching Reading
​3 ​Fall I
ECED 701 - Kindergarten Teaching Methods3​​Fall I
​EDUC 770 - Methods in Elementary and Middle Level Arts
​2 ​Winterim I
​EDUC 733 - Methods in Elementary andMiddle Level Science and Environmental Education
​3 ​Spring I
EDUC 734 - Methods in Elementary and Middle Level Social Studies ​2 ​Spring I
EDUC 788 - Methods in Middle Level Theory and Practice ​2 ​Spring I
Take PRAXIS if required
Take FORT Test ​ ​
​EDUC 724 - Diversity and Development
​2 ​Summer II
EDUC 777 - Methods in Elementary and Middle Level Language Arts and Literature
​3 ​Summer II
PHED 701 - Methods in Elementary and Middle Level Health and Physical Education ​2 ​Summer II
​EDUC 766 - Methods in Elementary and Middle Level Math
​4 ​Fall II
EDUC 776 - Assessment and Professional Issues in Teaching
(requires documentation of 50 hours pre-clinical experience and 2 assessments.)
​2 ​Fall II
​EDUC 773 - Technology Foundations in Teaching ​2 ​Winterim II
​EDUC 798 - Student Teaching
Must apply to student teach the semester prior to student teaching. Appropriate content tests, and Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) must be passed for full WI licensure. Paid student teaching is an option to those already employed in a setting that meets student teaching requirements prior to the start of the student teaching semester. If you have specific questions about student teaching placements please contact the Office of Field Experiences.
​6 ​Spring II
EDUC 700 - Student Teaching Seminar ​1 ​Spring II
​42 credits

Application Requirements - Seats are limited, submit your applicaiton right away!

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75. 
    • Probationary admission will be considered for a lower GPA.
  • Separate unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Photocopies accepted. 
  • Cover letter describing your background and interest in becoming a elementary educator.
  • Current resume.
  • Proof of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution - required coursework in appropriate content including 3 credits in English, Language Arts, and Math, and/or appropriate test out, and 6 credits in science and social studies.
    • If you do not meet all of these these general education requirements, they can completed while completing the program, or in the semester prior to your start to the program.
  • Completed Criminal Background Check: A criminal background check is required to apply to any licensing program in Wisconsin, per DPI code PI34.18(2) Request, print and upload a Wisconsin Department of Justice (Wisconsin DOJ) background check when you apply to a program: https://recordcheck.doj.wi.gov. We will accept a previous check that is no older than 6 months from the date you turn in your application. There is a small fee associated with this. It may take a few days to get this. The online option is the quickest option. Download Directions

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Professional Certification/Licensure Disclosure (NC-SARA)

The United States Department of Education requires institutions that provide distance education to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Following is this disclosure information for this program:
  • The requirements of this program meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Wisconsin
  • The requirements of this program do not meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Not applicable
  • The requirements of this program have not been determined if they meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming; District of Columbia; American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

  
Graduate Programs
Master's Degree in Education
Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability
Add-On Teaching Licenses
Accelerated Teacher Certifications
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