Alternative Education Programs Licensure
The traditional school environment is becoming less effective for an increasing number of students. Reality shows this is especially true for at-risk, vulnerable and disengaged students. In response, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has designated a specific license endorsement for educators working in alternative educational settings or attempting to adapt methods and curriculum within regular school settings. Alternative education specialists work with school districts to develop programs for “last chance” students, including jail of detentions-based education, credit acceleration, behavior-focused programs, or simply the opportunity to come back to school and graduate. To assist teachers in recognizing and developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to work in alternative education, the Curriculum & Instruction Department at UW-Whitewater offers a sequence of courses leading to the Alternative Education (952) license.
The AEPL Program consists of four two-credit online courses. The courses are scheduled so the program can be completed online in one summer.
Students beginning this licensure sequence in or after Fall 2010 must complete the AEPL Program Portfolio in order to be eligible for the WI-952 license. Complete instructions can be found on the Portfolio Information & Forms page.