Alternative Careers in Teaching

act! Program Description

Alternative Careers in Teaching (act!) is an exciting teacher licensure program specifically designed for working professionals with a bachelor's degree and at least five years of work experience who desire a career teaching secondary level (middle and/or high school) mathematics or science.

act! is a cooperative program between the UW Colleges and UW-Oshkosh.  Successful candidates are licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction through the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services.

Why does act! exist?

To address the shortage of qualified and certified mathematics and science teachers in Wisconsin and throughout the country.

Your Timeline to Teacher Certification

Because the act! program is individually tailored to each participant, progress to certification is determined partially by the candidate’s desired completion time and partially by the amount of work the candidate must accomplish to qualify for licensure. Expected completion time will vary from as short as 18 months to 3 years.

Program designed into phases

The three-phase program will include steps to make sure applicants want to move into a teaching career, assess applicant work experience in order to determine what further courses they will need, courses at UW-Oshkosh and UW Colleges using distance education and on-site classes and extensive practice teaching.

Course Requirements

Record of Teaching Expertise for Licensure

Coursework-13 credits

  • EDU 201, 
3 UWC Credits
  • EDU 211, 
  • EDU 300, 
3 UWC Credits
  • EDU 330, 
3 UWC Credits
  • Reading 440, 
3 UWO 

Pedagogy-13-19 credits

  • Math Methods
, 3 UWO 
  • Science Methods, 
3 UWO 
  • Student Teaching
-Full time, 18 weeks, 
10 UWO Credits

Experience course and non-course

  • Technology Component
  • Speech Component
  • Conflict Resolution Component
  • Ethnic Studies Component

Content Courses based on need and review of transcript

Evidence of competency may include:

  • Life experience documentation
  • Prior course work documentation
  • Seminars
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • On-line courses

How can I find out more?

Contact project coordinator Dr. Dubear Kroening at 920-832-0117 or 

 ACT! Program Frequently Asked Questions