Alternative Careers in Teaching

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The Alternative Careers in Teaching program (act!) is an individually tailored, alternative pathway to initial Wisconsin licensure as a Broad Field Language Arts, English, Journalism, Speech, Broad Field Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Environmental Studies, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Broad Field Social Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology teacher (grades 6-12), a Technology and Engineering Education teacher (grades K-12) or a Library Media teacher. The program is tailored to adult career-changers looking for an alternative path to licensure that is flexible, fast and convenient.

Requirements

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Individuals best suited for the act! program have undergraduate or graduate majors in Language Arts, English, Journalism, Speech, Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Environmental Studies, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Technology or Engineering.
  • An overall GPA of 2.75
  • Grades of B or higher in an introductory English class and an introductory Math class or 
    • An ACT score, within 5 years of the date of application, that includes a composite score of 23 and scores of 20 or higher in English, Math and Reading are required or
    • An SAT score, within 5 years of the date of application, that includes a composite score of 1070 and minimum scores of 450 on Math and Verbal assessments are required or
    • A GRE score, within 5 years of the date of application, with a composite score of 298 and minimum scores of 150 on the Verbal assessment and 145 on the Math assessment are required.The Revised General Test is the only acceptable GRE test or
    • Students who do not meet any of the standards above will be required to submit passing scores, set by the DPI, for the PRAXIS CORE exam.

Contact

The act! program is a cooperative program between the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh structured to meet the needs of the adult learner. 

For more information on the program, or to learn how to take part, email Dr. Michael Beeth or call 920-424-3326. 

Resources

The act!program,its students and research on the program have been supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers DUE-1660736, 0934682 and 0833324. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed through the act! program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.