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Biology

Master of Public Health in Community Health Education

Business Administration

Occupational Therapy

Clinical Exercise Physiology

Physical Therapy

College Student Development & Administration

Physician Assistant Studies

Education -- Professional Development

Reading

Exercise and Sport Science - Sport Administration

Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation

Exercise and Sport Science - Physical Education Teaching

School Psychology
Exercise and Sport Science - Human Performance Software Engineering

Health Education and Health Promotion

Special Education

Biology 

The Master of Science degree in Biology program is a multi-disciplinary program that allows students advanced study in several traditional and non-traditional areas of biology. Students have the option of a general M.S. degree in biology or may obtain an M.S. degree in biology with a formal concentration in aquatic science, cellular and molecular biology, clinical microbiology, microbiology, nurse anesthesia, or physiology. Admission to the program is based, in part, on scores on the GRE general exam, undergraduate grade point average (GPA), letters of recommendation, and on individually prescribed undergraduate course work to meet prerequisite requirements for each concentration. Each student will choose a major adviser and an advisory committee during the first semester of residence. This committee will assist the student in drafting the studentís plan of study, which will dictate the studentís curriculum for the ensuing semesters. All students complete a capstone experience. Students obtaining the M.S. in Biology or M.S. in Biology: Concentration in Clinical Microbiology complete a thesis or seminar paper. Students obtaining the M.S. in Biology: Concentration in Aquatic Science, Concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Concentration in Microbiology, or Concentration in Physiology complete a thesis. Students obtaining the M.S. Biology: Concentration in Nurse Anesthesia complete extensive clinical training.  

Biology Graduate Student Requirements

All graduate students in biology must meet the following requirements:

1.  Prior to registration each semester, the student must consult with the major adviser.

2.  Submit a written thesis or seminar paper proposal to the advisory committee prior to the midterm of the second semester of residence. CRNA students are exempt from this requirement and are not required to complete a thesis or seminar paper as part of the degree program.

3.  Enroll in BIO 751 or MIC 751, Graduate Seminar, during the first four semesters of residence. Two of the semesters must be taken for one credit each; the other two semesters will be taken on an audit (no credit) basis. CRNA students are exempt from this requirement.

4.  Students who are on campus, utilizing university staff and/or facilities must enroll for a minimum of two credit hours per term, including fall or spring semester, and summer sessions.

5.  Students are encouraged to complete an appropriate graduate course (numbers 500 and  above) from outside the Department of Biology and Department of Microbiology. Upon approval of a studentís advisory committee, a student may be permitted to take a maximum of 10 graduate credits in other departments.

6.  Graduate assistants are required to enroll as full-time students during the first two semesters of residence.

7.  Pass a preliminary oral examination covering the studentís area of specialty and advanced course work.

8.  Complete at least 15 credits of 700-level course work.

9.  Consult this catalog and the departmentís graduate student guidelines for additional policies pertaining to graduate students in a biology program. 

 M.S. BIOLOGY

This traditional masterís degree program is designed to provide the most beneficial learning opportunities based on career goals and the studentís area of focus. It is intended for students who do not plan to obtain one of the formal concentrations within the M.S. Biology program. Students are required to  (1) complete a thesis or seminar paper in an area of biology, (2) pass an oral comprehensive exam, and (3) complete 30 credits selected by the student and the advisory committee. 

AQUATIC SCIENCE CONCENTRATION

This concentration requires (1) completion of a research thesis in an area of aquatic science, (2) passing an oral comprehensive exam, and (3) completion of 30 credits with at least 15 credits from the following list; remaining credits are to be selected by the student and the advisory committee.

                            Credits

BIO      505     Aquatic and Wet Land           2
                       Vascular Plants

BIO      514     Freshwater Invertebrate           3
                       Zoology      

BIO      519     Quantitative Methods in          3
                        Ecology       

BIO      522     Ichthyology                              3

BIO      523     Fisheries Management              3

MIC     534     Aquatic Microbial Ecology       3

BIO      538     Physics and Chemistry of  
            
         Surface Ground Water                3

BIO      547     Standard Methods and               3
                    Quality Assurance of
                               Water Analyses

BIO      548     Aquatic Toxicology                   4

BIO      563     Aquatic Animal Health              3

BIO      564     Stream Ecology                          3

BIO      711     Aquatic Contaminants               2

BIO      799     Research: Masterís Thesis      1-6

             Total Credits                                      30

 With the approval of the studentís advisory committee, other courses may be substituted for those listed. 

 

CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY CONCENTRATION

This concentration requires (1) completion of a research thesis in an area of cellular or molecular biology, (2) passing an oral comprehensive exam, and (3) completion of 30 credits with at least 15 credits from the following list; remaining credits are to be selected by the student and the advisory committee. 

                                                                                   Credits

MIC     516      Microbial Genetics                                5

BIO      532     Biology of Cancer                                   2

BIO      535     Molecular Biology                                  3

BIO      536     Molecular Biology Lab                           1

BIO      537     Plant Growth and Development             3    

BIO      543     Molecular Mechanisms of Disease         3

BIO      563     Aquatic Animal Health                           3

BIO      714     Advanced Genetics                                 3

BIO      799     Research: Masterís Thesis                   1-6

             Total Credits                                                  30 

With the approval of the studentís advisory committee, other courses may be substituted for those listed.

 

CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY CONCENTRATION

This concentration is offered by the department of biology and department of microbiology, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Marshfield Laboratories/St. Josephís Hospital/Marshfield Clinic, and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene. This program involves on-campus course work and clinical rotations at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Marshfield Laboratories/St. Josephís Hospital/Marshfield Clinic, and the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene. Students who complete the Concentration in Clinical Microbiology are eligible to secure Specialist Microbiologist (SM-AAM) certification of the American Academy of Microbiology. The combination of classroom education, clinical rotation, and research experience will prepare students for a variety of employment opportunities including: 1) supervisory positions in medical centers and public health and private reference laboratories, 2) research and development positions in academia, government agencies, or industry, 3) infectious control positions in clinical settings, 4) public health and epidemiology, 5) marketing and sales in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, and 6) teaching at community or technical colleges. This concentration requires (1) completion of a research thesis (Plan A) or seminar paper (Plan B) in an area of clinical microbiology (including an oral defense of the thesis or seminar paper), (2) passing an oral comprehensive exam, and (3) completion of the core curriculum of a minimum of 32 credits. 

Admission Requirements

1.   Individuals accepted into the Clinical Microbiology program must hold a Bachelor of science degree or equivalent in microbiology, biology, or a related field with competency in microbiology. Graduates with a medical technology degree from a program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) are also eligible.

     Minimum prerequisites for admission to the program are MIC 230 (Fundamentals of Microbiology), MIC 406/506 (Immunology), MIC 407/507 (Pathogenic Bacteriology), or equivalent courses. A strong chemistry background including biochemistry is strongly recommended. Students lacking prerequisites may be conditionally admitted to the concentration contingent on remediation of prerequisites. Remediated prerequisite courses do not count toward the M.S. degree.

2.   Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of not less than 2.85.

3.   Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). A score of 1000 for the total general test scores for verbal and qualitative sections is strongly recommended.

4.   Students must complete an ďApplication for Admission to Graduate StudyĒ form. Students requesting financial aid must also complete the ďApplication for Graduate AssistantshipĒ form.

5.   Three current letters of recommendation (forms provided with admission application).

6.   An application letter which details:

-- academic and professional goals

-- previous relevant experiences

-- reasons for selecting program

-- intent to pursue thesis or non-thesis

    track or undecided

7.   Completed application forms, letters of recommendation, and applicant letter must be returned to the Admissions Office by January 20. Early applications can be considered prior to the deadline. A review committee will assess all submitted materials and a letter of decision will be sent to the applicant by February 15. An interview may be required in some instances. Acceptance or non-acceptance is based upon a comprehensive review of all elements of the completed application. Late applications will be considered if enrollment objectives have not been satisfied.

 

Core Curriculum

Plan A -- Thesis                                             Credits

MIC     500     Orientation to Clinical                  2
                        Microbiology        

MIC     554     Mechanisms of Microbial           2
                        Pathogenicity        

MIC     751     Graduate Seminar                        2

MIC    753     Epidemiology of Infectious          2
                      Diseases        

MIC    755     Advanced Immunology                  2

MIC    770     Clinical Microbiology-                   5
                      Practicum I            

MIC    780     Clinical Microbiology-                   4
                    Practicum II          

MIC   790     Clinical Microbiology-                    2
                            Practicum III        

MIC   799     Research: Masters Thesis                6

                     Minimum elective credits                5

             Total Credits                                         32

 

Core Curriculum

Plan B -- Non-thesis                                          Credits

MIC   500     Orientation to Clinical                        2
                      Microbiology  

MIC  554     Mechanisms of Microbial                   2
                     Pathogenicity  

MIC   751     Graduate Seminar                              2

MIC   753     Epidemiology of Infectious                2
                     Diseases  

MIC   755     Advanced Immunology                      2

MIC  761     Research Paper and Seminar               2
                     in Microbiology       

MIC  770     Clinical Microbiology-                       5
                     Practicum I    

MIC  780     Clinical Microbiology-                       4
                      Practicum II  

MIC  790     Clinical Microbiology-                       2
                     Practicum III

             Minimum elective credits                           9

             Total Credits                                          32

 

Electives

Elective courses to complement the career goals of the student or to make up academic deficiencies will be agreed upon by the student and the studentís advisory committee. Students may be required to take additional elective courses based on recommendations of their committee.

                               Credits

MIC   516     Microbial Genetics                          5

MIC   520     Virology                                           3

MIC   521     Virology Lab                                    2

MIC   525     Bacterial Physiology                       5

MIC   526     Food Microbiology                        4

MIC   540     Bioinformatics                                2

MIC   555     Methods in Vector Borne and         3
                     Zoonotic Disease Research 

MIC   721     Directed Studies                           1-2

BIO   506     Parasitology                                    4

BIO   512     Mycology                                        3

BIO   513     Medical Mycology                         3

BIO   535     Molecular Biology                         3

BIO   536     Molecular Biology                         1
                    Laboratory     

BIO   701     Communication in the                    4
                     Biological Sciences                

CHM 517     Biochemistry   I                            3

CHM 518     Biochemistry II                              3

HED 755     Epidemiology and Public                3
                    Health Issues                 

 

MICROBIOLOGY CONCENTRATION

Admission to the microbiology concentration requires a minimum of one introductory microbiology course -(MIC 230, Fundamentals of Microbiology or equivalent). Students lacking an introductory microbiology course may be conditionally admitted to the concentration contingent on remediation of this prerequisite. This concentration requires completion of a research thesis (MIC 799, 2-6 credits) in an area of microbiology (including an oral defense of the thesis), passing an oral comprehensive exam, and completion of 30 credits of graduate course work with at least 20 from the following list. The remaining credits are selected by the student and the advisory committee.                                                               

                                                                        Credits

MIC 506     Immunology                                     4

MIC 507     Pathogenic Bacteriology                   4

BIO 506     Parasitology                                        4

BIO 512     Mycology                                          4

BIO 513     Medical Mycology                             3

MIC 516      Microbial Genetics                           5

MIC 520     Introductory Virology                       3

MIC 521     Virology Lab                                      2

MIC 525     Bacterial Physiology                        5

MIC 526     Food Microbiology                          4

MIC 527     Industrial and Fermentation             3
                    Microbiology  

MIC 528      Fermentation Microbiology            2
                    Laboratory

MIC 534     Aquatic Microbial Ecology              3

BIO 535     Molecular Biology                            3

BIO 536     Molecular Biology                           1
                    Laboratory     

MIC 540     Bioinformatics                                2

MIC 542     Plant Microbe Interactions              3

MIC 554     Mechanisms of Microbial               2
                    Pathogenicity        

MIC 555     Methods in Vector-Borne and        3
                    Zoonotic Disease Research

BIO 563     Aquatic Animal Health                    3

MIC 714     Advanced Genetics                         3

MIC 721     Directed Studies                            1-2

MIC 730     Biodegradation and                         2
                    Bioremediation

MIC 753     Epidemiology of Infectious            2 
                     Diseases  

MIC 755     Advanced Immunology                  2

MIC 799     Research: Masterís Thesis          1-6

             Total Credits                                     30

  

NURSE ANESTHESIA CONCENTRATION

This concentration is jointly offered by the department of biology and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, La Crosse, Wis.  Students simultaneously complete requirements for the Master of Science degree in biology and educational requirements to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Candidates for this concentration must apply separately and be accepted into the Franciscan Skemp Healthcare School of Anesthesia. This concentration requires      (1) passing an oral comprehensive exam and (2) completion of the core curriculum of 30 credits.

 CRNA   Core Curriculum                         Credits

BIO      501     Human Gross Anatomy              7

BIO      524     Endocrinology                              3

BIO      713     Physiology of Drug Action          2

BIO      715     Pathophysiology I                        3

BIO      717     Pathophysiology II                      3

BIO      718     Advanced Human                         4
                        Physiology I   

BIO      719     Advanced Human                         4
                        Physiology II            

CHM 530     Chemistry in Health Sciences        4 

             Total Credits                                       30

 

PHYSIOLOGY CONCENTRATION

This concentration requires (1) completion of a research thesis in an area of animal physiology, (2) passing an oral comprehensive exam, and (3) completion of 30 credits with at least 15 credits from the following list; remaining credits are to be selected by the student and the advisory committee.

                                                                  Credits

BIO      517     Animal Physiology                      4

BIO      524     Endocrinology                              3

BIO      528     Animal Metabolism,                     3
                        Nutrition and Disease      

BIO      532     Biology of Cancer                          2

BIO      535     Molecular Biology                         3

BIO      536     Molecular Biology Laboratory      1     

BIO      565     Neurophysiology                           4

BIO      718     Advanced Human                          4
                        Physiology I           

BIO      719     Advance Human                            4  
                        Physiology II          

BIO      799     Research: Masterís Thesis         1-6

             Total Credits                                         30

 

With the approval of the studentís advisory committee, other courses may be substituted for those listed.

 

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

 

The College of Business Administration is a professional college that is dedicated to the development of its students. The collegeís Master of Business Administration (MBA) program provides students with an integrated business education preparing them for successful careers. The program is accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.  

     The overall objective of the program is to prepare graduates for positions of leadership in business and public administration.  The program also prepares students for entry into doctoral level study. The curriculum challenges students to think critically about business issues and problems and is organized around three themes: changing technological environments, globalization, and social and environmental responsibility.  The program has been designed to enhance studentsí critical and analytical problem solving and decision-making capabilities.

     The evening program is suitable both for part-time and full-time students and is open to all qualified students regardless of undergraduate areas of study.  The program consists of two phases: a foundation phase and the MBA phase. Students who do not possess an undergraduate business degree may be required to complete all or part of the foundation phase as part of their program of study. Foundation courses are available on campus or through an accelerated format via the Internet. Students who are not required to complete foundation courses will be enrolled directly in the MBA phase. In addition to the on-campus required and elective course offerings, electives also are available via the Internet. The entire program of study generally can be completed within one to two years. 

     More information can be obtained at the collegeís Web site: www.uwlax.edu/ba  

 ADMISSION

Applicants for admission to the program must apply through the University Admissions Office. In order to be admitted in good standing, applicants must meet the University requirements including a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.85 (or 3.00 for the last half of undergraduate work) on a 4.00 scale and demonstrate the ability to successfully complete the MBA program. Performance on the GMAT and prior academic work will be used as indicators of ability. International students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit their scores for evaluation. Applicants who meet the minimum standards may be denied admission because of enrollment limitations. 

THE PROGRAM

Foundation Phase

The MBA program has two phases for qualified applicants with foundation course deficiencies. Such applicants will be admitted to the program while they complete their remaining foundation course work. 

Foundation Courses

     ECO     110 and 120

             or

     ECO     703 and 704

     ACC     221 and 222

             or

     ACC     703 and 704

     MKT     309 or 700

     FIN        355 or 701

     MGT     393 or 702

     MGT     308 or 703

     MGT     205

     I-S          220

     MTH     145 or BUS 710 

(A minimum grade of ďCĒ is required in all foundation courses completed pre- or post-baccalaureate.) 700 level courses are delivered by the Internet.

Students completing foundation courses must achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.00. Students who earn less than a ďCĒ grade in any foundation course will be dropped from the program.

Some courses are offered via the Internet in an accelerated format that may allow completion of the foundation program in one calendar year. Credit by exam (test out) is available for some foundation courses. Information should be obtained from the program director.

 

MBA Phase

Qualified applicants who have completed the foundation courses are admitted to the graduate degree requirement phase. Course requirements for the degree are listed below:

 

Masters Degree Requirements                          Credits

BUS      730     Decision Framing and                         3  
                         Decision Making in Complex  
                         Environments 

BUS      731     Decision Making in Complex             3       
                        Environments 

BUS      735     Business Decision Making and          4  
                         Research Methodology   

BUS      750     Managing in an                                   3  
                         Environmentally and Socially  
                         Conscious World  

BUS      755     Managing in a Changing                     3
                         Technological Environment     

BUS      760     Managing in a Global                         4  
                         Environment   

BUS      790     Assessment                                        1

             Electives*                                                      9

             Minimum Credits                                     30

 *Elective credits must be selected from course work approved by the MBA program director. Several options are available for students to complete the elective credit requirement. These options include:

- MBA elective course work from UW-

La Crosse or other institutions with the approval of thE MBA program director.     

- Directed Internship Experience (maximum 6 credits)

- Directed Independent Study (maximum 3 credits)

- Research: Masterís Thesis (maximum 6 credits)  

All students must complete at least six elective credits at the 700 level.  

 SATISFACTORY PROGRESS

A 3.00 grade point average in courses counting toward the MBA is required for graduation. Students must be able to achieve this grade point average in, at most, 36 credits or they will be dropped from the program. A student earning a ďDĒ or ďFĒ in a graduate level course, whether it has been taken on this campus or at another university, will be dropped from the program. A maximum of six credits of ďCĒ may be applied to the MBA.

 RESTRICTIONS

Enrollment in MBA courses is restricted to graduate students in the MBA program, unless given special permission by the program director. Graduate students from other programs could be permitted to take, at most, six credits of 500/600/700 level MBA courses.

  

CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

 

The Master of Science degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology is a 43-credit program that provides the theoretical, laboratory, research and clinical experiences necessary for a career in a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation setting. Each yearís class (15 students) entering the four-semester program, summer, fall, spring, summer, receives practical, hands-on experience in Phases I and II cardiac rehabilitation, as well as graded exercise testing, in cooperation with area hospitals and clinics. In addition, students also participate in the on-campus La Crosse Exercise and Health Program (LEHP), which provides adult fitness, Phases III and IV cardiac rehabilitation programming, and health and nutrition services to over 300 participants each week. The required internship, three months during the last semester, presents opportunities for further experience at a site of the studentís choosing. The completion of a thesis project is required before the student is allowed to begin the internship.

  Degree candidates typically have an undergraduate degree in physical education, fitness, exercise science, or other allied health related fields such as biology, health education, nursing, or physical therapy. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 is required for admission. Application deadline is February 1 of each year.

Graduates are prepared to:

-   conduct graded exercise tests

-   design exercise programs for healthy and diseased populations

-   organize and administer adult fitness, corporate fitness, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs

Graduates are employed in:

-   colleges and universities

-   adult fitness centers (public, private, and corporate)

-   clinic, hospital, and ďfree standingĒ rehabilitation facilities

-   sports medicine centers

 

Prerequisites or their equivalent for admission into the program are:  

                                                                       Credits

ESS       205     Human Anatomy                        3

ESS       206     Human Physiology                     3

ESS       281     Prevention and Care of               2  
                        Athletic Injuries

ESS       302     Physiology of Exercise               2

 

Category A - Research (12 credits)

                                                                         Credits

EFN      730     Introduction to Research             3

EFN      735     Interpretation of                          3  
                         Statistical Data     

ESS       799     Research: Thesis                          6  

Category B - Core Requirements  (31 credits)

                                                                        Credits

ESS       744     Laboratory Techniques                  3
                        for Clinical Exercise Physiology    

ESS       770     Physiology of Activity                  3

ESS       774     Clinical Practicum in Cardio           2  
                        Pulmonary Rehabilitation   

ESS       775     Practicum in AF                              2

ESS       776     Practicum in Phase III/IV                3
                        Cardiac Rehabilitation   

ESS       780     Philosophy and Organization of     2  
                        Preventive and Rehabilitative  
                        Programs

ESS       781     Program Leadership in                     1  
                        Adult Fitness/Cardiac  
                        Rehabilitation 

ESS       782     Electrocardiography                        3

ESS       783     Graded Exercise Testing/                 3  
                        Exercise Prescription      

ESS       784     Advanced Cardiovascular                3  
                        Physiology 

ESS       785     Internship: Clinical Exercise             5  
                        Physiology    

ESS       786     Advanced Cardiac Life                     1  
                        Support  

             Total Credits                                           43

 

 COLLEGE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

 The Master of Science in Education degree program in College Student Development and Administration (CSDA) is a graduate program that focuses on educating and training professionals to work in post-secondary institutions. The CSDA program promotes the integration of theory to practice utilizing a student development emphasis. Students develop a theoretical background and complement their classroom experience with practical work experience.  The program is designed to facilitate entry into a variety of college student development and administration positions and to provide current and relevant information through the use of full-time practicing professions who instruct the program.  Some of the many areas in which students may choose to specialize their preparations or to seek positions upon graduation include: residence life/housing, admissions/registration, financial aid, academic skills, counseling/testing, placement/career advising, student development, student life, student activities/programs/centers, or similar support services.

 ADMISSION 

Admission to graduate study does not constitute admission to the College Student Development and Administration program. Procedures for admission to the program are as follows:

1. Completion of the CSDA Program Application and Personal Data Sheet.

2. Submission of three letters of recommendation from recent supervisors and/or undergraduate advisers.

3. Submission of a personal writing

sample on a current issue in higher education.

4. An interview either on campus or by telephone with the Admissions Committee. 

Graduate students in the CSDA program have the following options from which to choose to complete their course of study: thesis, seminar paper, or comprehensive examination.  

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (35-38 credits)

                                                                Credits

SDA 702     Student Development               4  
                     Theory I      

SDA 703     Advising and Helping               2             
                     Relationships  

SDA 705     Higher Education and the         3  
                    Student Personnel Function

SDA 708     Multicultural Groups,              3  
                    Special Populations and            
                    Environmental Interactions      

SDA 710     Administration in Higher          2  
                    Education    

SDA 715     Student Development               3  
                    Theory II      

SDA 730     Legal Issues in Student              2  
                    Affairs         

SDA 740     Organization Theory and          3   
                     Behavior      

SDA 761     Research and Evaluation         3-4*

SDA 775     Student Affairs                       2**  
                    Administrative Practicum         

SDA 776     Student Affairs                       2**  
                    Programming Practicum

SDA 781     College Student                       3**  
                    Development and  
                    Administration Internship         

SDA 790     Capstone Seminar                    2

SDA 799     Research: Masterís Thesis      4  
                                 or  
Electives      (agreed upon by student         3-4  
                      and adviser)

       Total Required  Credits                    35-38  

* Three credits for those students who choose the thesis or comprehensive examination option; four credits for those students who choose the seminar paper.

 **Students with prior/current experience in higher education may have one required experience waived (775, 776, or 781) contingent upon submitting required documentation and receiving program directorís approval.

  

EDUCATION-PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 The Master of Education - Professional Development (ME-PD) degree program in the College of Education, Exercise Science, Health, and Recreation (EESHR) offers graduate degrees in two areas: 

1) professional development, which is designed for graduate students who want to develop education-related competencies specifically for job needs and professional growth, and 2) initial certification, which is designed for students who wish to obtain a license to teach in early childhood, elementary, middle level, and secondary classrooms. Graduate students in the ME-PD program must complete a culminating project chosen from the following options: thesis, seminar paper, or comprehensive examination. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 The ME-PD non-certification option has the flexibility to meet the individual, intellectual needs and professional goals of many graduates with baccalaureate degrees. Certified teachers seeking to meet desired professional advancement goals or students wishing to pursue a masterís degree for other career goals may, with the assistance of an adviser, plan individualized programs of study in coordination with a prescribed set of core courses totaling 12 graduate credits (listed below). Students typically choose two to three areas of concentration and have the option of creating an interdisciplinary program of study. Each program must contain a minimum of either a) 30 graduate semester hours, including at least 15 credits at the 700-level and completion of a seminar/thesis paper or b) 36 graduate semester hours, including at least 18 credits at the 700-level and completion of the comprehensive examination.

 Required Core (12 credits)

                                                                              Credits

C-I        630     Understanding Diverse Learners         3  
                                             or  
EFN      705     Human Relations in School                 3  
                         and Society    

C-I        752     Principles & Problems of                   3  
                        Curriculum Development    

EFN      701     The Teacher and the                           3  
                         Educational Community      

EFN      760     Theory and Practice in                       3
                         Educational Research             

In addition to above courses, each student must develop a study plan before obtaining 12 graduate credits. This plan includes the following criteria and must be personally presented to the ME-PD Board of Review for final approval:

1.      Written statement of professional goals and objectives.

2.      List of courses to be completed that address the goals and objectives.

3.      Selection of seminar paper/thesis or comprehensive examination option.

4.      Studentís graduate faculty adviserís signature indicating approval.

 

INITIAL CERTIFICATION 

The ME-PD degree leading to initial certification is for students possessing a baccalaureate degree who wish to obtain licensure to teach early childhood through middle childhood (birth to age 11), middle childhood through early adolescence (ages 6-12/13), early adolescence though adolescence (ages 10-21) or early childhood through adolescence (ages birth-21) while simultaneously earning a masterís degree. Students may, with the assistance of an adviser, plan graduate programs that meet licensure requirements in certifiable major and minor areas.

Admission to the ME-PD initial certification program is competitive; students meeting the following requirements are not guaranteed admission into the program. Successful applicants are usually required to begin their programs during the fall semester. Applications are accepted between January 1 and March 1. Minimum requirements for admission include: 

1. Have earned and maintained a 3.00 cumulative grade point average in all college course work and a 3.00 or better in any major and/or minor in which certification is sought.

2. Have earned passing scores on the PPST, (Reading - 175, Mathematics - 173, Writing - 174). These scores must be submitted to the College of Education, Exercise Science, Health, and Recreation (EESHR) directly through the PPST examination center.

3. Complete an application for admission to the professional program in teacher education.

4. Submit a 300-500 word personal statement per EESHR guidelines.

5. Submit at least one (1) letter of recommendation from someone who can best address your potential as a future teacher.

6. Complete an application for admission to Graduate Studies at UW-La Crosse.  

LEARNING COMMUNITY 

The ME-PD Learning Community option, designed for school professionals or educators, enables students to develop values and standards for successful teaching and learning while weaving research and reflection into a continuous process that fosters the highest academic application. During the first year of the program, participants develop learning standards focused on the contemporary needs of elementary and secondary classrooms. During the second year, growth/ improvement plans will be written for each of these standards. This program is offered through a partnership with the College of EESHR, Office of Continuing Education and Extension, and Learning Quest, Inc. This unique program is offered during the academic year beginning each fall semester. Students come together as a community cohort one weekend each month for two years (summers excluded). This integrated approach to learning is made up of 30 credits that equal 480 hours of weekend courses and time within oneís classroom school. Students complete the following four-semester spiraled curriculum as well as a graduate capstone project, which serves as their culminating activity.

                                                                                     Credits

Year 1 - Semester I

C-I        752     Principles and Problems for                     3
          
             Curriculum Development

EFN      715     Issues and Trends in Education              3

EFN      750     Guided Learning                                      1

 

Year 1 - Semester II

C-I        590     Teaching Thinking Skills                         3

C-I        751     Teacher Inquiry: Assessing                     3  
                         Classroom Practices           

EFN      630     Understanding Diverse                           2  
                         Learners           

Year 2 - Semester I

EDM 602     Instructional Technology                          3

EFN      750     Guided Learning                                    2

EFN      760     Theory & Practice in                             3  
                         Educational Research           

 

Year 2 - Semester II

SPE       525     Psychological Principles of                    3
                         Teaching Children with Learning  
                        & Behavioral Problems          

C-I        761     Seminar Paper                                        2

EFN      750     Guided Learning                                    2

  

LIBRARY MEDIA

 This option currently is not available.  

 

EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE - SPORT ADMINISTRATION  

The sport administration program prepares professionals for managerial positions in the sport industry such as athletics, sports/fitness centers, professional sports, sport/athletic equipment merchandising, and intramural/recreational sports. Students may select a thesis (36 credits) or non-thesis option (36 credits). Students choosing the non-thesis option must successfully apply for and complete comprehensive written exams in the department of exercise and sport science. 

The following prerequisites must be met for entry into this Master of Science degree program:

1. A degree in physical education/kinesiology, sport/exercise science, or sport administration/ management from an accredited four-year institution.  
                              or
 

2. Documented course work in:

    -human anatomy (3 credits)

    -human physiology (3 credits)  

Category A - Research Thesis Option (12 credits)

Required Courses:                                                 Credits

EFN      730     Introduction to Research                        3

EFN      735     Interpretation of Statistical Data            3

ESS       799     Research: Masterís Thesis                     6

Non-thesis Option (6 credits)

Required Courses:                                                 Credits

EFN      730     Introduction to Research                       3

EFN      735     Interpretation of Statistical Data           3  
                                        or  
ESS       752     Assessment of Physical                         3  
                        Education and Athletics    

  Written Comprehensive Exam

 

Category B - Core Requirements (24 credits)    

                                                                                  Credits

ESS       545     Planning Facilities in                               3  
                        Physical Activity and Sport

ESS       702     Sport Administration                             3

ESS       738     Financial Management for                     3  
                        Sport Programs          

ESS       739     Current Issues in Sport Law                  3

ESS       754     Sport Marketing                                    3

ESS       788     Internship in Sport                               6  
                        Administration    

Select one of the following three courses: 

ESS       749     Psychological Aspects of Sport          3

ESS       760     Problems in Athletics                         3

ESS       766     Sports in American Culture                3

 

Category C - Electives  (non-thesis option only - 6 credits)

Elective credits must be related to the field of sport administration or teaching. All electives must be approved by the program director or adviser prior to course enrollment. 

Up to three credits of ESS 560, Clinical Forum or ESS 755, Practical Experience in Sport Administration, will count toward this option.

   

EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE - PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHING

 The physical education teaching program is designed as a practitioner-oriented program for physical education teaching professionals seeking additional qualifications and expertise in areas such as teaching methods and styles, new and innovative curricular design, analysis of effective teaching, and supervision. Students may also choose to complete one of the following emphases as part of their program electives: 1) adventure/outdoor pursuits; 2) special populations; or 3) health as a lifestyle. Students must select either the thesis option (32 credits) or non-thesis option (32 credits). Students choosing the non-thesis option must successfully apply for and complete comprehensive written exams in the department of exercise and sport science. The physical education teaching program does not result in a K-12 teaching certificate. Additional course work may be required based on previously completed undergraduate course work. 

Prerequisites or equivalents are:

1. Undergraduate major/minor in physical education and/or sport science/management from an accredited four-year institution.

2. Documented course work in the following areas:

-  anatomy/physiology

-  measurement and evaluation in physical education

-  adapted physical education

-  motor development/behavior/child development

 

Category A - Research   (6-12 credits)

Thesis Option (12 credits)     

                                                                                       Credits

EFN      730     Introduction to Research                             3

EFN      735     Interpretation of Statistical Data                3

ESS       799     Research: Masterís Thesis                         6

  Non-thesis Option (6-9 credits)

                                                                                      Credits

EFN      730     Introduction to Research                             3

ESS       736     Critical Analysis                                          3  
                    (special populations only)

ESS       752     Assessment in Physical                               3  
                        Education and Athletics    

  Written comprehensive examination

 

Category B - Core Requirements  (10 credits)

                                                                                        Credits

ESS       737     Curriculum Design in                                   3  
                        Physical Education         

ESS       759     Analysis and Supervision of                       3  
                        Physical Education         

ESS       771     Current Issues in Physical                          2  
                        Education

ESS       725     Diversity in the Physical                            2  
                        Activity Setting   

Category C - Electives (Thesis option - 10 credits) (Non-thesis option - 16 elective credits) 

Elective courses must be related to the field of teaching. A student may select one of the emphases or a variety of courses offered in exercise and sport science, health education, and educational studies departments. All electives must be pre-approved by the program director. Up to six (6) credits of ESS 560, Clinical Forum, will count toward this category.

 

EMPHASES

Adventure/Outdoor Pursuits:  (16 credits)

                                                                                      Credits

ESS       745     Pedagogy of Outdoor                                 3  
                        Physical Education         

ESS       765     Adventure Theory                                     3

ESS       777     Seminar in Adventure/Research                 2

ESS       778     Practicum in Adventure/                            2  
                        Outdoor Pursuits            

Electives     Non-thesis Option                                          6

 

Special Populations: (16 credits)

                                                                                    Credits

ESS       530     Cause and Effect                                      4

ESS       765     Adventure Theory                                   3

ESS       787     Clinical Internship                                   3

ESS       792     Seminar: Special Physical                        3  
                        Education

Electives     Non-thesis Option                                       3

Health as a Lifestyle: (16 credits)

                                                                                  Credits

SHE      705     Essentials of Health and                        4  
                        Wellness 

SHE      715     Health Education Curriculum                3  
                        and Pedagogy          

SHE      720     Youth and Adolescent Issues               3

Electives     Non-thesis Option                                     6

  

ATHLETIC TRAINING EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

The concentration in athletic training education is designed to provide advanced study for individuals who are National Athletic Trainersí Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) certified, or eligible to take the examination. This concentration is designed to prepare individuals who are highly qualified and motivated athletic training educators. Selected courses and clinical experiences will have an educational emphasis. Additionally, the concentration will offer students the ability to expand their athletic training related skills and skills relevant to the research process by participating in a variety of scholarly activities that may be incorporated into oneís professional practice. It can be coupled with any graduate degree program as long as the prequisites are met and the program allows it. 

Concentration Prerequisites

1. Successfully passed or be eligible to take the NATABOC examination or

2. Possess a NATABOC equivalent athletic training credential. 

Concentration Requirements                            Credits      

ESS 732     Advanced Athletic Activity                      3  
                   Injury Management     

ESS 733     Advanced Athletic Training                      3  
                  Teaching

ESS 734     Effective Instruction in Athletic               3  
                  Training         

ESS 740     Reading/Writing in Athletic                      3  
                  Training                 

                            Total Credits                              12

 Note: In order to have this concentration listed on a studentís transcript, the student must be certified through the NATABOC, or possess a NATABOC equivalent athletic training credential.

   

EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE - HUMAN PERFORMANCE

 The Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science-Human Performance is a multi-disciplinary program of advanced study designed to prepare graduates for a career in one of the following areas: 1) fitness

2) strength and conditioning or 3) research (exercise physiology or biomechanics). Students will select one of these emphasis areas upon entry to the degree program. A concentration in athletic training education is also available with the human performance program option.

 Application deadline is February 1 of each year for fall and summer semesters, October 1 for spring semester.  

Graduate Preparation Goals:

-   serve as fitness professional in health club, fitness facility or corporate fitness facility

-   serve as head or assistant strength and conditioning coach for DI, DII or DIII university sports or professional and semi-professional sports

-   pursue a doctoral degree and a career as an exercise scientist (teaching and research at the university level) 

*Other courses may be selected with the consent of the program director.

**Total combined credits for all readings classes may be no greater than three.

  

FITNESS EMPHASIS

(Thesis or Non-Thesis):

At least one-half of the credits must be earned at the 700 level. Students choosing the non-thesis option must successfully complete written comprehensive examinations at the end of the program. 

Prerequisite Courses (or equivalent) and Requirements for Admission:

                                                                                 Credits

GRE Scores

ESS       205     Human Anatomy                                   3

ESS       206     Human Physiology                                3

ESS       302     Physiology of Exercise                          2

ESS       303     Biomechanics                                         2

Course Requirements: (32 credits)

Category A -Research Thesis Option (12 credits)

                                                                                  Credits

EFN      730     Introduction to Research                       3

EFN      735     Interpretation of Statistical Data          3

ESS       799     Research: Masterís Thesis                   6  

Non-thesis Option (6 credits)

                                                                                  Credits

EFN      730     Introduction to Research                       3 

EFN      735     Interpretation of Statistical Data          3  
                                            or  
ESS       752     Assessment of Physical                        3  
                        Education and Athletics    

 

Category B - Core Requirements  (13-15 credits)

                                                                                   Credits

ESS       749     Psychological Aspects of Sport             3

ESS       750     Mechanics and Analysis of                    3   
                        Movement

ESS       751     Advanced Biomechanics                         3

ESS       761     Laboratory Techniques in                       2  
                        Human Performance -  
                        Biomechanics  

ESS       762     Laboratory Techniques in                      3  
                        Human Performance - Exercise  
                        Physiology     

ESS       763     Laboratory Techniques in                      2  
                        Human Performance - Motor    
                        Learning  

ESS       768     Psychomotor Bases of Skilled              3  
                        Performance

ESS       770     Physiology of Activity                         3   

Category C - Electives*

Thesis Option (7-9 credits)

Non-thesis Option (13-15 credits)

                                                                                  Credits

     ESS  545     Planning Facilities in Physical               3  
                        Activity and Sport   

     ESS  560     Clinical Forum Appropriate                 3                 
                        Topics         

     ESS  680     Injury Prevention,                                2  
                        Management and Rehabilitation

     ESS  730     Athletic Activity Injury/                      3  
                        Illness Evaluation        

     ESS  731     Rehabilitation of Athletic                    3  
                        Musculoskeletal    

     ESS  732     Advanced Athletic Activity                3  
                         Injury Management     

     ESS  733     Advanced Athletic Training                3      
                        Teaching      

     ESS  739     Current Issues in Sport Law               3

     ESS  742     Perceptual Motor                               3  
                        Development of Children             

     ESS  766     Sports in American Culture                3

     ESS  769     Application of Muscle                       3  
                         Physiology to Strength/ Power  
                         Training       

     ESS  780     Philosophy and Organization             2  
                        of Preventive and  
                        Rehabilitative Programs

     ESS  784     Advanced Cardiovascular                    3   
                        Physiology  

     ESS  789     Internship: Human                             3  
                        Performance

**ESS   794     Readings in Sports                          1-2  
                        Psychology 

     ESS  795     Independent Study                          1-3

**ESS   796     Readings in Biomechanics               1-3

**ESS   797     Readings in Exercise                        1-3      
                         Physiology  

**ESS   798     Readings in Motor Learning            1-3

     BIO 524     Endocrinology                                    3

     BIO 535     Molecular Biology                             3

     BIO 565     Principles of Neurobiology               3

     BIO 718     Advanced Human                             4  
                        Physiology I  

     BIO 719     Advanced Human                              4  
                        Physiology II  

   

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING EMPHASIS

(Non-thesis only):

 Prerequisite Courses (or equivalent) and Requirements for Admission:

                                                                                  Credits

GRE Scores

ESS       205     Human Anatomy                                     3

ESS       206     Human Physiology                                  3

ESS       302     Physiology of Exercise                            2

ESS       303     Biomechanics                                          2

ESS       368     Strength Training Theory and                 2            
                        Techniques    

Two letters of recommendation     CSCS preferred

Course Requirements: (32 credits) 

Category A -Research (6 credits)

                                                                                      Credits

EFN      730     Introduction to Research                          3

ESS       752     Assessment of Physical                           3
                        Education & Athletics     

Category B -Core Requirements (24 credits)

                                                                                    Credits

ESS       545     Planning Facilities in Physical                  3  
                        Activity and Sport          

ESS       702     Sport Administration                               3

ESS       738     Financial Management for                       3  
                         Sport Programs          

ESS       749     Psychological Aspects of Sport              3

ESS       750     Mechanics and Analysis of                    3  
                        Movement

ESS       769     Application of Muscle                           3  
                        Physiology to Strength/  
                        Power Training            

ESS       770     Physiology of Activity                          3

ESS       789     Internship: Human Performance            3

 

Category C -Electives (2 credits minimum)

                                                                                          Credits

ESS       739     Current Issues in Sport Law                         3

ESS       754     Sport Marketing                                           3

ESS       760     Problems in Athletics                                   3

ESS       766     Sports in American Culture                          3

ESS       768     Psychomotor Bases of Skilled                      3  
                        Performance

ESS       795     Independent Study                                      1-3   

 

RESEARCH EMPHASIS  (Thesis only)

 EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY  

Prerequisite Courses (or equivalent) and Requirements for Admission:

                                                                                      Credits

GRE Scores

ESS       205     Human Anatomy                                       3

ESS       206     Human Physiology                                    3

ESS       302     Physiology of Exercise                             2

ESS       303     Biomechanics                                            2

BIO      315     Cell Biology                                             4

CHM 103     General Chemistry I                                  5

CHM    104     General Chemistry II                              5

CHM    303     Organic Chemistry Theory I                   3

Two letters of recommendation

Graduate Faculty (UW-L) Letter of Intent for Mentorship

 

Course Requirements: (39 credits) 

Category A - Research (12 credits)            

                                                                                      Credits

EFN      730     Introduction to Research                           3

EFN      735     Interpretation of Statistical Data              3

ESS       799     Research: Masterís Thesis                       6

Category B - Core Requirements (20 credits)

                                                                                     Credits

ESS       762     Lab Techniques in Human                         3  
                        Performance - Exercise  
                        Physiology    

ESS       769     Application of Muscle                              3  
                        Physiology to Strength/  
                        Power Training            

ESS       770     Physiology of Activity                              3

*ESS 789     Internship: Human Performance                   3  
                    (minimum of 120 hours)

BIO      718     Advanced Human Physiology I                4

BIO      719     Advanced Human Physiology II              4

Category C - Related Requirements (7 credits)

                                                                                     Credits

BIO      524     Endocrinology                                            3

BIO      535     Molecular Biology                                      3

BIO      536     Molecular Biology Laboratory                  

  This emphasis currently is not available.

 

RESEARCH EMPHASIS (Thesis only)

  BIOMECHANICS 

Prerequisite Courses (or equivalent) and Requirements for Admission:

                                                                                      Credits

GRE Scores

ESS       205     Human Anatomy                                        3

ESS       303     Biomechanics                                              2

CHM    103     General Chemistry I                                   5

CHM    104     General Chemistry II                                  5

MTH    207     Calculus I                                                   5

PHY     103     Fundamental Physics I                               4

PHY     104     Fundamental Physics II                              4

Two letters of recommendation

Graduate Faculty (UW-L) Letter of Intent for Mentorship

  Course Requirements: (40 credits)

  Category A -Research (12 credits)            

                                                                                             Credits

EFN      730     Introduction to Research                                  3

EFN      735     Interpretation of Statistical Data                     3

ESS       799     Research: Masterís Thesis                              6

 

Category B - Core Requirements  (17 credits) 

                                                                                             Credits

ESS       560     Clinical Forum Appropriate                              3  
                        Topics

ESS       750     Mechanics & Analysis of                                  3
                        Movement 

ESS       751     Advanced Biomechanics                                    3

ESS       761     Lab Techniques in Human                                 2  
                        Performance - Biomechanics   

*ESS 789     Internship: Human Performance                           3  
                    (minimum of 120 hours)

ESS       796     Readings in Biomechanics                                 3

 

Category C -Related Requirements (11 credits)

                                                                                              Credits

ESS       763     Lab Techniques in Human                                   2         
                         Performance - Motor Learning

ESS       768     Psychomotor Bases of                                         3  
                        Skilled Performance     

ESS       769     Application of Muscle                                        3  
                        Physiology to Strength/  
                        Power Training            

BIO      565     Principles of Neurobiology                                

This emphasis currently is not available.

 

HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALTH PROMOTION 

Graduate programs leading to a Master of Science degree are available in two areas of concentration in health education:  

 Community Health Education (non-thesis only), which is designed to prepare individuals for employment in community health agencies, and  

 School Health Education (thesis and non-thesis options), which is designed to prepare certified public school personnel for teaching, administration, and/or curriculum coordination of school health programs.

For each program, students must complete individually prescribed undergraduate course work to meet prerequisite requirements. Graduate students from other programs are not allowed to enroll in health education graduate courses unless departmental approval has been given.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The following requirements must be satisfied in order to be admitted into the Master of Science degree program in health education and health promotion.

I.  Students must receive acceptance to graduate study in health education and health promotion from the Graduate Admissions Office. The letter of acceptance from the Graduate Admissions Office may include an evaluation of previous academic work including deficiencies and/or specific prerequisite program requirements.

II. Applicants must be granted unconditional admission to graduate study (a 2.85 GPA or above will satisfy grade point requirement), or must be admitted ďon probationĒ to graduate study.

III.       Students must complete deficiencies as determined by the health education and health promotion graduate faculty.

 

Note:  All deficiencies and/or special prerequisites must be satisfied before the student has accumulated 12 graduate credits. Students have the option of completing these requirements prior to attending the university or prior to the accumulation of 12 graduate credits.

Appeals of admission denied:

Any student denied admission into the masterís program may request a program admission review. A written request for review must be submitted to the health education and health promotion department chair. This request will be forwarded to an appeals committee for the review of the admission status.  

Note: Graduate credit will not be awarded for any course in which undergraduate credit was received. This applies to all graduate programs offered in the College of Education, Exercise Science, Health, and Recreation. 

COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION CONCENTRATION 

Non-thesis Option (43 Credits)

Required Courses:                                                                Credits

CHE     598     Community Health                                               5  
                        Education Preceptorship   

HED     703     Health Education Foundations                             3

HED     706     Research Tools and Processes                             6

HED     798     Graduate Project in Health                                 4  
                        Education

             Required Credits                                                       18

 

Each student will develop a program of study through advisement to meet individual needs and meet university requirements. The individualized program will include courses from each of the following core areas. A minimum of six credits will be taken in each area.  

A.     Administration and Program Development Core*

  CHE 566, HED 577, 720, 790, ESS 780

 

B. Health Education Processes and Concepts Core*

  HED 567, 701, 755, 770, SHE 560

 

C. Health Content and Skills Core*

  CHE 541, 553, 565, HED 509, 539, 569, 572, 573, 574 586, 707.

 

             Minimum Core Credits   18

             Electives Minimum         7

  

SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

 The Master of Science degree in School Health Education prepares professionals for positions in schools as licensed health education teachers and coordinators. Graduates gain an overview of the content areas of health and an in-depth understanding of behavior change, leadership styles and strategies, learning theories, instructional methods and materials, and curriculum design.  

Graduates are prepared to:

-   provide leadership in establishing and maintaining a healthy school environment

-   understand public policy related to school health programs

-   demonstrate effective public relations and leadership methods

-   understand functions of community agencies

-   assist other teachers in upgrading skills and knowledge

-   evaluate the teaching-learning process to determine health needs and interests, studentsí progress, and school health education success

-   conduct research and interpret the results of health-related research  

Graduates are employed in:

-   public and private schools

-   regional education agencies

-   state education agencies

-   public and private agencies

-   and/or pursue further graduate education

 

Thesis Option (32 Credits)

Required courses:         

Research Core                                                               Credits

HED     706     Research Tools and Processes                       6

HED     799     Research: Masterís Thesis                            3

             Total Credits                                                          9

 

Health Core**                                                                Credits

SHE      710     Leadership in Health Education                    3

SHE      715     Health Education Curriculum                       3  
                        and Pedagogy          

SHE      720     Adolescent and Youth                                  3  
                        Health Issues  

             Total Credits                                                     9 (13)**

  

Elective Courses

With an adviserís approval, elective courses are selected to develop a health education emphasis (i.e., curriculum content, health as a lifestyle, administration, or adventure education). A maximum of twelve credits may be taken outside the health education and health promotion Department. Students who are seeking state health education certification can select elective courses to meet Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requirements.

  Minimum Elective Credits     14 (10)

 Non-thesis Option (32 Credits)

Required Courses:        

Research Core                                                                      Credits

HED     706     Research Tools and Processes                              3

HED     798     Graduate Project in Health                                   3  
                        Education

             Total Credits                                                                  6  

Health Core**                                                                       Credits

SHE      710     Leadership in Health Education                            3

SHE      715     Health Education Curriculum                               3  
                        and Pedagogy          

SHE      720     Adolescent and Youth Health                              3  
                        Issues  

             Total Credits                                                             9 (13)**

            

Elective Courses

With an adviserís approval, elective courses are selected to develop a health education emphasis (i.e., curriculum content, health as a lifestyle, administration, or adventure education). A maximum of twelve credits may be taken outside the health education and health promotion department. Students who are seeking state health education certification can select elective courses to meet Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requirements.

  Minimum Elective Credits     17 (13)

Adventure Emphasis (10 Credits)                                             Credits

ESS       745     Pedagogy - Outdoor Education                                 3

ESS       765     Adventure Education                                                3

ESS       777     Seminar in Adventure/                                               2
                         Outdoor Physical Education

ESS       778     Practicum in Adventure                                            2
          
             Education

     

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION 

The Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Education (MPH-CHE) prepares health and human service professionals to serve in various settings where community health education approaches are employed to improve health and well being. This practitioner-oriented program addresses behavioral theory, communication and motivational processes, community intervention strategies, and evaluation procedures for community health promotion and primary prevention. As a culminating experience, students complete a thesis or graduate project in health education. One of two options is selected by the candidate: Plan A, which includes a masterís thesis, or Plan B, the non-thesis option. Each option requires the same core courses. Graduate students from other programs are not allowed to enroll in health education graduate courses unless departmental approval has been given.

The only degree of its kind in the UW System, the MPH-CHE is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.  

Graduates are prepared to:

-  assess individual and community health needs

-  plan effective health education and health promotion programs

-  implement and evaluate educational experiences

-  coordinate and manage the provisions of health education services

-  serve as resource people in health education

-  communicate health and health education needs, concerns, and resources

-  conduct health education and promotion research

-  apply research principles and strategies in health education

-  manage and supervise health education programs in various settings  

Graduates are employed in:

-  public health agencies

-  volunteer and private agencies

-  hospitals and other health care settings

-  local, state, and national governmental agencies

-  business and industrial settings

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

1. Students must complete an ďApplication for Admission to Graduate StudyĒ form and specific MPH-CHE admission materials to be returned to the Admissions Office by February 15. Following review of the admissions materials by the departmental review committee, a letter of decision will be sent to the applicant.

2. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of not less than 3.00 based on a minimum of 60 final semester credits or a cumulative post-baccalaureate GPA of not less than 3.00 based on not less than nine semester credits as determined by the graduate program director in the department of health education and health promotion.

3. A minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 1000 for the general test scores for verbal and qualitative measures and a minimum of 3.5 for the analytical measure is strongly recommended.

4. Three current (within one year) letters of recommendation on the forms provided.

5. One letter of application and intent that details your:

-   academic goals within the MPH program 

-   professional goals

-   previous professional experiences

-   reasons for selecting an MPH degree program (vs. MS or other masterís degree)

-   reasons for wanting to be a community health educator

-   special interests within the field of community health education

6. A minimum of one year of voluntary or salaried post-baccalaureate work experience in one or more health or social service settings is strongly recommended.

7. A departmental review committee will assess all submitted materials, to include an interview when necessary. It is important to note that oneís acceptance or non-acceptance is based upon a comprehensive review of the above items, and is not based solely on any particular element.

Prerequisite competency areas:  chemistry (CHM 100 or 103), biology (BIO 312 and 313 or ESS 205 and 206), sociology (SOC 110 or 120 or 334), health statistics/research design (CHE 350 or MTH 145), community health education foundations (CHE 240 or public health education experience), eidemiology (CHE 340), health related experience (one year or CHE 498 - 12 credits).

 

Plan A: Thesis Option (41 Credits)

Required Courses:                                                                    Credits

CHE     598     Community Health Education                                   5  
                        Preceptorship 

HED     701     Contemporary Issues in Health                                3  
                         Education

HED     703     Health Education Foundations                                 3

HED     706     Research Tools and Processes                                 6

HED     707     Environmental Health                                               3

HED     720     Program Assessment, Planning                                3  
                        and Evaluation in Health  
                        Promotion

HED     755     Epidemiology and Public Health                              3
                        Issues  

HED     770     Health Counseling                                                     3

HED     790     Public Health Administration                                    3  
                        and Organization     

HED     799     Research: Masterís Thesis                                        4

                        Electives                                                                     5

                                   Total Credits                                               41

  

Plan B: Non-thesis Option (45 Credits)

 The Plan B option includes the 32 required course and preceptorship credits, along with HED 798, Graduate Project in Health Education, for three credits, plus 10 credits of electives. The elective credits provide a wide range of options in the areas of health education concepts and processes, program development, and skill development. These elective experiences should be established following discussions with the community health education graduate director in the department of health education and health promotion.

  

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Note: This new masterís degree program is scheduled to begin Summer 2005 pending UW System Board of Regents Approval.

Occupational therapists work with people of all ages facing physical, emotional, or mental challenges.  Students who choose a career in occupational therapy will be instrumental in helping people participate fully in the daily occupations of their lives. The Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy is designed to produce therapists who are generalists prepared to work in a variety of treatment settings with a special sensitivity to the health needs of rural citizens.  Program graduates apply scholarly skills and attitudes to their clinical practice, are prepared to assume leadership roles, and are competent entry-level occupational therapy practitioners.    

Admission Criteria

1.  Earned undergraduate degree (or degree completed by May 30 of  
  application year) *

2.  Completion of all prerequisite course work                               Credits

          Anatomy & Physiology                                                              8 

          Physics                                                                                        4

          Life Span Development                                                                3

          Statistics or Principles of Research                                              4

3.  An overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 for undergraduate studies

4.  Evidence of 10 hours of clinical experience supervised by an occupational therapist.

5.  Complete application for admission to the occupational therapy program. Applicants must also apply for UW-La Crosse graduate admission.

 

Selection Process

Twenty-four students are admitted each year.  The deadline for application to the occupational therapy program occurs in January for the classes starting the following June.  Factors considered in the admission process include academic preparation, commitment to the profession of occupational therapy, and professional abilities as demonstrated in the written application narrative, letters of recommendation, and a personal interview.  Specific deadlines and application materials are available at 4031 Health Science Center and available on the occupational therapy program Web site www.uwlax.edu/ot/application_procedures.htm

 

overview

The graduate program in occupational therapy is eight semesters (30 months) long with extensive clinical experiences woven throughout academic course work.  The last 2 semesters of the program are spent in full-time level II fieldwork placements.  Retention in the program requires that a 3.00 average or higher be obtained in all professional level courses.  

 A thesis option is available for students wishing to pursue independent research.  Students must declare if they intend to complete the thesis option by the end of the first year in the program.  Students pursuing the thesis option would delay enrollment in O-T 795:  Level II Fieldwork until completion of the thesis.  All level II fieldwork must be completed within 24 months after the completion of academic course work.

Students in the program should expect to incur additional expenses for books, special course fees, housing and travel during clinical fieldwork.

Students graduating from the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).  After successful completion of the exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Most states require a license to practice occupational therapy. State licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination and additional open-book testing on the state law.   A felony conviction may affect a graduateís ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or to obtain state licensure.    

*A dual degree option allows UW-L psychology students to apply for admission to the occupational therapy masterís degree program before completion of their bachelorsí degree in psychology.  Students seeking this dual degree option must consult an occupational therapy and psychology adviser early in their academic career to qualify.   

The occupational therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD  20824-1220. Phone: (301)652-2682 www.aota.org  

 

Professional Curriculum  (Required course work) 

Year 1 - Summer Session                                                    Credits

O-T      423/523    Human Physiology                                          3

O-T      420/520     Introduction to Occupational                         3  
                              Therapy

O-T      421/521     Professional Foundations of                          2  
                               Practice   

             Total Credits                                                                 8

 

Year 1 - Fall                                                                          Credits

O-T      424/524     Human Anatomy                                         4

O-T      425/525     Neuroanatomy                                             3

O-T      426/526     Human Movement                                      3

O-T      450/550     Scholarly Practice I:                                    2  
                                Foundations of  
                               Assessment

O-T      472/572    OT Intervention:                                          2  
                              Group Dynamics         

O-T      430/530     Occupational Performance                          3  
                              Analysis 

                                         Total Credits                                   17 

Year 1 - Spring                                                                      Credits

O-T 627     Pathophysiology                                                       2

O-T 620     Occupations in the Rural                                           2                 
                    Context       

O-T 750     Scholarly Practice II:                                                 3  
                   OT Research           

O-T 672     Occupational Performance:                                       3  
                   Mental Illness   

O-T  673     Occupational Performance:                                      3  
                    Physical Dysfunction I   

O-T 775     Critical Analysis of                                                   1  
                   Practice I (PBL)    

O-T 473/573     Level I Fieldwork:                                              1  
                          Mental Illness  

                                     Total Credits                                       15

 

 Year 2 - Summer                                                               Credits

O-T 760     Scholarly Practice III:                                             3  
                    Research Seminar

                                        Total Credits                                    3

 

Year 2 - Fall                                                                       Credits

O-T  630     Occupational Therapy                                          2  
                    Practice Wellness Perspectives

O-T  770     Scholarly Practice IV:                                            2  
                    Evidence-Based Practice  

O-T  772     Impact of Psychosocial                                         3  
                   Issues on Occupation

O-T 773     Occupational Performance:                                    3   
                   Physical Dysfunction II     

O-T 474/574     Occupations and                                            3  
                          Intervention: Pediatrics I       

O-T 775     Critical Analysis of                                                1  
                    Practice II (PBL)  

O-T 790     Level I Fieldwork:                                                  1  
                    Physical Dysfunction

                                 Total Credits                                        15

 

Year 2 - Spring                                                                  Credits

O-T 641     Health Care Systems                                            2

O-T 780     Scholarly Practice IV:                                           2  
                  Writing for Publication       

O-T 785     Advanced Concepts in OT                                   2

O-T 776     Occupations and                                                   3  
                   Intervention:  Older Adult      

O-T 774     Occupations and                                                   3  
                   Intervention:  Pediatrics II      

O-T 640     Assistive Technology                                            1

O-T 791     Level I Fieldwork:                                                  1  
                   Pediatrics              

                                   Total Credits                                     14

  

Year 3-Summer                                                             Credits

O-T 795     Level II Fieldwork                                                6

                             Total Credits                                            6

 

Year 3 - Fall                                                                  Credits

O-T 795     Level II Fieldwork                                             6

                                 Total Credits                                     6

 

Total required credits for program                               84 

O-T 798 (Independent Study) is taught by arrangement with occupational therapy faculty.  O-T 720 (Select Topics) will be periodically taught as an elective during Fall II or Spring II semester.  O-T 799 (Master Thesis) is optional and may be started in Fall II and would be repeated each semester until the thesis is completed (minimum 4-maximum 6 credits).  If the thesis option is selected, O-T 795 will be delayed and taken in Fall 3 and Spring 3.  

 

PHYSICAL THERAPY 

Physical therapists play a critical role in the delivery of comprehensive health care in todayís society. Upon completion of all curricular requirements, students are awarded a Master of Science Physical Therapy (MSPT) degree. The UW-La Crosse physical therapy department currently offers two levels of graduate education. The Level I (or entry-level) program prepares students to enter the profession of physical therapy. The Level II program is designed for students who are currently licensed as physical therapists and are seeking advanced training in clinical skills, clinical/academic teaching, or research.

The department of physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is committed to educating entry-level masterís degree physical therapists who are prepared to meet the health care needs of western Wisconsin by providing services throughout the continuum of health care. Program graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in the health care delivery system as well as community and professional organizations. Finally, graduates are ready to assume other professional roles: consultation, education, critical inquiry, administration, and direction and supervision of personnel.

The information that follows applies to the current physical therapy masterís level admission criteria and curriculum. The physical therapy program is in the process of seeking authorization to offer a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree. If this is approved, the masterís degree will no longer be offered and the DPT prerequisite coursework , admissions process/criteria, curriculum and length of program will be different. Please refer to the program Web site at www.uwlax.edu/pt/  for up-to-date information. 

LEVEL I GRADUATE PROGRAM

The Level I program in physical therapy is designed to train therapists who can enter the profession as generalists. Program graduates are able to competently evaluate patients/clients, critically analyze new information, solve complex patient problems and have developed the skills to be life-long learners.

Note: A dual-degree option allows UW-L biology and physics students to apply for admission to the physical therapy masterís degree program before completion of their bachelorís degree. 

Admission Criteria

The criteria for admission to the Level I program are:

1.  An earned baccalaureate degree (or will earn a baccalaureate degree by the May following the February 1st application deadline). Pre-professional core courses must be completed by the February 1st application deadline. The required pre-professional core courses are:

                                                                              Credits

   General Biology                                                      4

   Human Anatomy/Physiology at
   300 level or equivalent                                      8

   Chemistry                                                               8

   Physics                                                                    8

   Algebra/Trigonometry or Calculus                        3-5

   Statistics                                                                3-4

   Psychology                                                              6

 

2.  A minimum grade point average of 3.2 for all undergraduate study

3.  Evidence of two 20-hour periods of clinical experience supervised by a physical therapist

4.  Complete application for admission to the Level I professional program in physical therapy. Applicants must also apply to UW-La Crosse for graduate admission.

 

Selection Process

A studentís Level I program application must be received in the department office by February 1 to be considered for the next yearís class of entering professional students. The professional program begins in the summer of each academic year. Students will receive notification of the selection committeeís decision by April 15.

Admission to the Level I program is competitive. The PT program will seek and admit a class of 40-44 students depending on the qualifications of the applicants.

The top 70 Level I applicants, ranked by grade point average, will be invited for interviews by two review teams comprised of physical therapy faculty and practicing clinicians. The review teams will judge the applicants on the basis of the material in their application file and their performance in the interviews. Interview questions will be designed to assess the applicantís understanding of the physical therapy profession, leadership skills, communication skills, and self-perception.

    Applicants should be aware that admission to the professional program is competitive and not all who apply can be accommodated. Exceptions may be made in order to achieve social and cultural diversity to which the University and UW System are committed.

 

Level I Program Overview (97 - 105 credits)

The Level I graduate program in physical therapy is eight semesters (30 months) long with clinical experiences dispersed throughout. These experiences include three 8-week internships; two of the 8-week internships are scheduled during the last semester.

     Upon completion of the first year of the Level I program, students must declare either a thesis option or advanced clinical skills option. Students will pursue advanced study in their selected area during the last 18 months of the program. Students electing the thesis option will not enroll in the third 8-week internship (P-T 776) but will remain on campus and continue enrollment in P-T 799 in order to complete the thesis. Students declaring the advanced clinical skills option may pursue course work in either:

     ē Clinical biomechanics

     ē Neuromuscular rehabilitation

     ē Musculoskeletal - spine emphasis

     ē Sports physical therapy

Students in the program should expect to incur additional expenses for books, lab fees, housing and travel during clinical internships and field trips for course work.

 

 

Level I Professional Curriculum

Students declare either a thesis or advanced clinical elective option during the spring semester of their first year in the program. Students in both options take similar course work until the fall semester of their second year. 

Year I - Summer Session                                             Credits

P-T       521     Human Anatomy (10 weeks)                       7

P-T       444/52     Physiology                                               3

P-T       461/561     Applied Anatomical                              3  
                                Assessment 

             Total Credits                                                        13

 

Year I - Fall Semester                                                    Credits

P-T       423/523     Kinesiology and                                      3  
                               Biomechanics of Normal  
                                and Abnormal Movement           

P-T       424/524     Physiological Regulation of                   3  
                               Exertion and Disease      

P-T       425/525     Neuroanatomy                                      3

P-T       431/531     Basic Handling in                                  2  
                               Patient Care     

P-T       532             Physical Agents I                                3

P-T       541            Communication and                             1  
                               Interpersonal Skills    

P-T       449/549 PT Practice                                              1

P-T       462/562     Scientific and Clinical                          2  
                               Foundation for Evaluation  
                               and Treatment of            
                               Musculoskeletal Conditions        

P-T       646     Professional Ethics                                    1

                                 Total Credits                                 19  

Year I - Spring Semester                                           Credits

P-T       526     Pathophysiology                                       2

P-T       527     Life Span Motor Development                 3

P-T       533     Cardiopulmonary -                                    3 
                        Evaluation and Treatment  

P-T       534     Physical Agents II                                    3

P-T       644     Psychological & Social                             2  
                        Issues of Disability         

P-T       664     Musculoskeletal Evaluation                      3  
                        and Treatment: Upper  
                        Extremity

P-T       682     Research and Applied                               3  
                        Statistics 

                                      Total Credits                            19

  

Year II - Summer Session                                         Credits

P-T       551     Neural Basis of Movement I                      3

P-T       671     Clinical Fieldwork:                                     2  
                        Extended Care (4 weeks) 

P-T       681     Foundations of Clinical                              
                        
Research      

P-T       683     Instrumentation                                          2

                                            Total Credits                         9

  Thesis Option

Year II - Fall Semester                                              Credits

P-T       563     Musculoskeletal Evaluation                      3  
                        and Treatment: Lower  
                        Extremity

P-T       642     Clinical Teaching                                        1

P-T       652     Neural Basis of Movement II                   4

P-T       665     Musculoskeletal Evaluation                      3  
                        and Treatment: Spine 

P-T       799     Research: Masterís Thesis                        2

                                     Total Credits                             13

 

Year II - J Term

P-T       672     Clinical Fieldwork: Rural                           2  
                         Practice (4 weeks)     

                            
         Total Credits                              2

 

Year II -Spring Semester                                         Credits

P-T       635     Prosthetics                                                  1

P-T       643     Health Care Systems                                  2

P-T       645     Advanced Seminar I                                    1 

P-T       653     Neural Basis of                                          4  
                         Movement III

P-T       748     Practice Issues                                            1

P-T       799     Research: Masterís                                     2  
                        Thesis    

                                           Total Credits                         11

 

Year III -Summer Session                                       Credits

P-T 773     Clinical Fieldwork:                                          4  
                  Outpatient-Orthopedics  
                  (8weeks)  
                               or 
P-T   774  Clinical Fieldwork:                                           4  
                   Inpatient-Acute/Rehab  
                   (8 weeks)

                                            Total Credits                        4

 

Year III -Fall Semester                                             Credits

P-T 773     Clinical Fieldwork:                                           4  
                  Outpatient-Orthopedics  
                  (8weeks)   
                                 or           
P-T       774     Clinical Fieldwork:                                     4  
                       Inpatient-Acute/Rehab  
                       (8 weeks) whichever one was  
                       not completed in summer
                    session  

P-T       799     Research: Masterís                                     2  
                        Thesis    

                                                 Total Credits                   6

 

             Total Credits   Thesis Option                           96

  

Advanced Clinical Elective Option

 

Year II - Fall Semester                                                Credits

P-T       563     Musculoskeletal Evaluation                        3  
                        and Treatment: Lower  
                       Extremity

P-T       642     Clinical Teaching                                         1

P-T       652     Neural Basis of Movement II                    4

P-T       665     Musculoskeletal Evaluation                       3  
                        and Treatment: Spine        

P-T                  PT Advanced Elective                             `2-3  
                        (692, 696 or 697) 

P-T       699       P-T Independent Study                          1-2  
                          (required for neuro, sports,  
                          spine options)                         

                                          Total Credits                      13-16

 

Year II -J Term                                                         Credits

P-T       672     Clinical Fieldwork: Rural                         2  
                        Practice (4 weeks)    

                                         Total Credits                         2

 

Year II -Spring Semester                                        Credits

P-T       635     Prosthetics                                                1

P-T       643     Health Care Systems                                2

P-T       645     Advanced Seminar I                                  1

P-T       653     Neural Basis of                                        4  
                         Movement III (12 weeks)      

P-T                    PT Advanced Elective                           3  
                          (690, 693, 698)     

P-T       699       PT Independent Study                         1-3    
                          (required for neuro, sports,  
                         spine and biomechanics options)          

P-T       748     Practice Issues                                         1

                                     Total Credits                         12-15

  

Year III -Summer Session                                      Credits

P-T       773     Clinical Fieldwork:                                 4  
                        Outpatient-Orthopedics  
                       (8 weeks)  
                                        or           
P-T       774     Clinical Fieldwork: Inpatient                 4  
                       (Acute/Rehab -8 weeks) 

                                                 Total Credits              4

 

Year III -Fall Semester     Credits

P-T       773     Clinical Fieldwork:                              4  
                        Outpatient-Orthopedics  
                        (8 weeks)  
                                       or  
P-T       774     Clinical Fieldwork:                              4  
                        Inpatient-Acute/Rehab  
                       (8 weeks)  
                      whichever one was not  
                      completed in summer session

P-T       776     Clinical Fieldwork:                             4  
                        Specialty (8 weeks)          

                                             Total Credits               8 

    

Total Credits Advanced Clinical Elective Option 99-105

 

ē Clinical Biomechanics Research

   Elective - 99 total credits

   (2 cr. P-T 696 in fall and 2 cr. P-T 699 in spring)  

ē  Muscuoloskeletal (Spine Emphasis) Advanced Clinical Elective - 101 total credits

   (2 cr. P-T 699 in fall, 1 cr. P-T 699 and 3 cr. P-T 690 in spring)  

ē Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Advanced Clinical Elective - 103 total credits  

   (1 cr. P-T 699 and 3 cr. P-T 697 in fall,

   1 cr. P-T 699 and 3 cr. P-T 698 in spring)

  ē Sports Physical Therapy Advanced Clinical Elective - 105 total credits

   (2 cr. P-T 699 and 3 cr. P-T 692 in fall,

   2 cr. P-T 699 and 3 cr. P-T 693 in spring)

  

Clinical Internships

The UW-L P-T program has established clinical affiliations and internships in communities throughout Wisconsin and the United States. Students will pay tuition while on clinical internships. The remaining expenses - such as travel, room, and meals will vary depending on the specific site.  

Degree

Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree (MSPT) will be awarded after successful completion of the curriculum.

Grades below a ďCĒ earned in any required physical therapy course are unsatisfactory and cannot be used toward a major in physical therapy. Students not meeting this requirement will be asked to withdraw from the program. In addition, all students in the professional PT program must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00 (see page 20 of the graduate catalog).  

LEVEL II GRADUATE PROGRAM

The purpose of the Level II graduate program in physical therapy is to provide advanced training to licensed physical therapists who currently possess an entry-level baccalaureate degree in physical therapy. Students may pursue study in the following areas: advanced clinical skills, clinical/academic teaching, and clinical research.  

Admission Criteria

The criteria for admission into the Level II program is as follows:

1.        An entry-level degree in physical therapy.

2.        A license to practice physical therapy and be eligible for licensure in the state of Wisconsin.

3.        Clinical experience as a physical therapist (a minimum of two years is highly recommended for acceptance).

 

Selection Process

Applicants must submit a completed Level II application packet to the UW-L PT admissions committee with a curriculum vita by March 1. Applicants must also make formal application to the Office of Admissions at UW-La Crosse.

   The PT admissions committee will select candidates to interview. Interviews will be scheduled around April 1 of each year with three faculty members interviewing each candidate. Potential students will be notified of their acceptance status no later than May 1.

 

Level II Program Overview (35 credits)

The Level II graduate program in Physical Therapy is a 35-credit program. The majority of the courses taken by Level II students will be shared with Level I students. Level II students will have additional requirements in these courses.  

Curriculum Options

Level II graduate students must select one of the following curriculum options:  

Option A, Clinical Specialization

Students choosing Option A must complete a graduate project which would demonstrate competencies gained throughout the 35-credit course of study. 

Option B, Clinical Research

Students choosing Option B must complete a thesis as part of the 35-credit curriculum.

 

Curriculum Committee

An entering Level II student must select a full-time PT graduate faculty member to serve as his/her major adviser. The student must select two additional PT graduate faculty members who, along with the major adviser, will comprise the studentís curriculum committee. The studentís curriculum committee will guide the student in developing an individualized curriculum plan. The second member of the committee must also be a full-time PT faculty member while the third committee member may be a full- or part-time PT faculty member, or an adjunct faculty member.

 

Individualized Curriculum Plan

The curriculum plan should clearly state the studentís clinical or research focus and should identify the studentís goals related to each course listed in the plan. The curriculum plan should be developed prior to commencing course work. The plan ensures that the student and the advisers are in clear agreement about the studentís program of study. The individualized curriculum plan must meet the following guidelines:

1. Core of research courses totaling at least 10 credits.

2. Core of basic science courses totaling at least 3 credits.

3. Combination of clinical and/or educational courses offered from within or outside the department comprising the remaining credits. The total number of credits in this category will vary depending on the number of credits taken in the first two categories and the studentís selection of Option A or Option B.

4. Outline the expected competencies and evaluation format for each course.

 

Summary of Course Work for the Level II Graduate Program in Physical Therapy

All graduate students in the Level II graduate program in physical therapy must select one of the following curriculum options:  

Plan A - Clinical Specialization                  Credits

     Core Research Courses                                     9

     Core Basic Science Courses                            3-7

     Elective Courses                                           15-19

     Graduate Project                                              3

                                        Total Credits             35

 

Plan B - Clinical Research                          Credits

     Core Research Courses                                     9

     Core Basic Science Courses                           3-7

     Elective Courses                                          12-16

     Masterís Thesis                                             6

                                      Total Credits             35

  

LEVEL II GRADUATE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

 Basic Research Courses                                          Credits

P-T       681     Foundations of Clinical Research            2

P-T       781     Scientific Inquiry                                     2

P-T       783     Level II Instrumentation                         2

MTH    505     Statistical Methods                                 3  
                               or  
P-T       682     Research and Applied Statistics             3

                                                    Total Credits             9

 

Basic Science Courses                                         Credits

BIO      715     Pathophysiology I                                 3

BIO      717     Pathophysiology II                               3

P-T       721     Level II Human Anatomy                    7

P-T       723     Level II Biomechanics                          3

P-T       725     Level II Neuroanatomy                        3

P-T       726     Level II Pathophysiology                     2

                                               Total Credits              3-7

Clinical Science Electives

Suggested courses to complete this category include:       

                                                                                   Credits

P-T       641     Communication and                                1  
                        Interpersonal Skills    

P-T       642     Clinical Teaching                                     1

P-T       645     Advanced Seminar I                                1

P-T       646     Professional Ethics                                  1

P-T       699     Independent Study                                1-6

P-T       748     Practice Issues                                         1

P-T       762     Level II Scientific and Clinical                 2  
                         Foundation for Evaluation and    
                        Treatment  

 P-T    763     Level II Musculoskeletal                           3  
                       Evaluation and Treatment:  
                       Lower Extremity 

P-T   764  Level II Musculoskeletal                                 3 
                 
Evaluation and Treatment:  
                 Upper Extremity      

P-T   765  Level II Musculokeletal                                  3  
                 Evaluation and Treatment: Spine   

P-T       790     Level II Clinical Skills:                             3  
                     Orthopedics I 

P-T       792     Level II Clinical Skills:                            3  
                      Sports Physical Therapy I

P-T       793     Level II Clinical Skills:                            3  
                        Sports Physical Therapy II  

P-T       796     Level II Biomechanics                             2
                        Research Emphasis          

P-T       797     Level II Neuro Elective I                         3

P-T       798     Level II Neuro Elective II                        3

 

Note: Other graduate courses from outside the department can be taken with the approval of the studentís curriculum committee. Students electing the clinical specialization option may take a total of 12 credits outside of the department, while students electing the thesis option may take a total of nine credits outside of the department.  

Degree

A Master of Science Physical Therapy degree (MSPT) will be awarded after successful completion of the Level II academic program.  

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships will be available for Level II students and will depend upon funding levels; application for a graduate assistantship is a separate process from the Level II application for admission process.

  

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES 

Physician assistants (PAs) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician. Physician assistants work in a variety of practice settings including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and research centers. PAs are qualified to take medical histories, examine patients, order and administer diagnostic tests, make diagnoses, treat illnesses, and assist in surgery. The care they provide might otherwise be provided by physicians. Physician assistants can provide care as generalists in primary care situations, or in subspecialty areas of medicine. Common specialties in which PAs practice include family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, surgery, and pediatrics.

The PA program represents a partnership of UW-L, the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation of La Crosse and the Mayo Foundation in Rochester, MN. The graduate-level professional curriculum is 24 months in length and involves classes on the campuses of all three partner institutions. The curriculum includes a 12-month pre-clinical year consisting primarily of classroom and laboratory activities. A 12-month clinical year follows and involves rotations in a variety of clinical specialties. These clinical experiences are provided primarily using Mayo, Gundersen Lutheran and other practice sites in western Wisconsin, southern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.

Upon completion of all degree requirements, students are awarded a Master of Science degree from UW-L and a certificate of completion from the programís institutional partnership. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) To be licensed for practice, graduates must pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 

*CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants) is a national application service that collects and verifies application materials and calculates various GPAs before forwarding the applicants file to the programs selected by the applicant. For details see http://secure.caspaonline.org/  

Admissions

The rigor and intensity of the program, and the level of skills and responsibility necessary for practice as a physician assistant, require the program to accept candidates who have demonstrated a strong academic background along with excellent interpersonal skills and maturity. Prior health care experience is expected as an indicator of a career commitment suitable to clinical practice. The programís admission process considers each applicantís strengths and selects for admission those best qualified to meet the programís mission. Application to the program is very competitive with a class of 12 students accepted annually.  

Prerequisite Requirements

Degree:  An earned bachelorís degree from an accredited institution.

Academic Aptitude:  A minimum cumulative GPA on all post-high school courses of 3.00 calculated on a 4-point scale.  A minimum science (as defined by CASPA ) GPA of 3.00.  Submission of Graduate Record Exam scores is required.  GRE scores are used as another measure of academic aptitude along with GPA.  Thus, there is no minimum required score.

Course prerequisites (Course numbers shown in parentheses are UW-L course numbers):

Biology:  At least 14 hours of biology in the following areas including at least two lab courses:

Anatomy and Physiology:  1 semester of human anatomy AND 1 semester of human physiology; OR a 2- semester sequence of combined human anatomy (BIO 312 & 313) which must be at the 200/sophomore level or above.  Though vertebrate and mammalian anatomy and physiology are acceptable, human anatomy and physiology is strongly preferred.  (Note:  BIO 103 or 105, and CHM 103 are prerequisites for BIO 312.)

Microbiology:  1 semester of microbiology (MIC 230) at the 200/sophomore level or above (Note:  BIO 103 or 105, and CHM 103 are prerequisites for MIC 230.) 

Health related upper division biological science:  1 semester of any of the following at the 300/junior level or above:  genetics (BIO 306 or 466), immunology (MIC 406), vertebrate/mammalian embryology (BIO 408), endocrinology (BIO 424), histology, pathophysiology (BIO 443), neuroscience (BIO 465), parasitology (BIO 406), mycology (BIO 413), or biology of cancer (BIO 432).

Chemistry:  A minimum of 11 hrs. of chemistry including the following courses, at least two of which must include a laboratory:

General Chemistry:  1 semester of general or introductory chemistry (CHM 103 or 104; Note:  both CHM 103 and 104 are required to take CHM 300 or CHM 303.)

Organic Chemistry:  1 semester of organic chemistry (CHM 300 or CHM 303 & 304) at the 200/sophomore level or above

Biochemistry:  1 semester of biochemistry (CHM 325 or CHM 417 & 418) at the 300 (junior) level or above. Molecular (BIO 435) or cellular biology (BIO 315) at the 300 level or above is an acceptable alternative.

Mathematics:  A minimum of two semesters of mathematics including: 

Pre-calculus/Calculus:  1 semester of college algebra with trigonometry or pre-calculus (MTH 151) or calculus (MTH 207)

Statistics:  1 semester of Statistics (MTH 145, 250 or 305)

Psychology:  A minimum of one semester of general, introductory, developmental or abnormal psychology (PSY 100, 210, 212, 304, 310, 311, or 312)

Health Care Experience:  Prior direct patient care health experience is expected.  Such experience provides evidence of a career commitment to healthcare as a PA.  In the programís competitive admission process, the length and depth of healthcare experience is a selection factor.

Technical Standards of Performance:  Applicants must also meet the programís Technical Standards of Performance in the areas of Observation, Communication, Motor Function, Intellectual/Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Ability, and Behavioral and Social Attributes.  These standards may be found on the programís Web site at www.uwlax.edu/pastudies/admissions/international_applicants.htm    

Special consideration:  Applicants lacking no more than 2 of the 10 prerequisite courses, or having a cumulative or science GPA of less than 3.0 may request special consideration by justifying their consideration despite not meeting that prerequisite requirement.  To receive this consideration, the applicant must have at least 3 years of full-time experience in healthcare. A PA Program Committee reviews the requests for special consideration.

 Selection Factors

 The selection factors for the MS PAS include the following:  academic preparation; motivation, maturity, ability to work with people, and suitability for clinical practice; healthcare and other work experience; knowledge of the PA profession and the professionís role in the healthcare system; background predictive of potential for future practice in the service areas of the programís partner institutions; letters of recommendation; and personal and group interviews.

 Application Process

 To be considered for admission applicants must have all of the following completed:

1.  An application with the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants* (CASPA) including three letters of reference

2.  A UW-L - Gundersen - Mayo PA Program Supplemental Application

3.  The GRE with scores forwarded to UW-L and the PA program

4.  Additional requirements for international applicants can be found at www.uwlax.edu/pastudies/admissions/international_applicants/.htm 

 The programís admission committee selects candidates for interview.  Following interviews, offers of admission are made to selected outstanding candidates.  Once offered admission to the program, candidates must make application for graduate admission to UW-L.  Students are admitted to the program as full-time students.

 

Curriculum 

The PA Program curriculum includes a total of 108 required credits including 58 credits of  pre-clinical year courses, 44 credits of clinical rotations and 6 credits of Capstone Seminar in the clinical year.  Pre-clinical year courses are only offered once a year and are taken as a cohort.  The clinical year curriculum is only offered on a full-time basis with students in clinical sites 40+ hours per week.  Thus, the entire curriculum is considered a full-time curriculum.  The pre-clinical year curriculum must be completed before a student can advance to the clinical year.  Students must then complete clinical rotations including all of the required rotations, PAS 720 - 732, at least two of the selective rotations, PAS 740 - 746, and additional electives to have a total of 44 credits of clinical rotations. The capstone seminar series must be completed totaling 6 credits.   

Course Schedule by semester

Pre-clinical Year

Summer Term                                                      Credits

PAS 621     Gross Anatomy                                         6

PAS 624     Medical Biochemistry                               2

PAS 626     Medical Physiology                                  4

PAS 640     Introduction to the Physician                   2  
                    Assistant Profession        

                                               Total Credits             14

 

Fall Semester

PAS 622     Neuroanatomy                                            1

PAS 628     Clinical Infectious Disease                         2

PAS 630     Medical Pharmacology                               4

PAS 642     Medical History and Physical                   5  
                   Exam   

PAS 654     Clinical Epidemiology                                 2

PAS 700     General Pathology:                                      1

PAS 702     Internal Medicine 1:                                    5  
                   Cardiology, Pulmonology,  
                   Rheumatology, Gastroenterology,  
                   Dermatology and Allergy       

                                                 Total Credits             20

J Term                                                                     Credits

PAS 644     The Clinical Exam                                       1

PAS 646     Law, Medicine and Ethics                           1 

PAS 704     Internal Medicine 2:                                   1   
                   Endocrinology

                                                  Total Credits             3

 

Spring Semester                                                   Credits

PAS 648     Healthcare Systems and                           1
                   Administration

PAS 650     Clinical Diagnosis and                             6  
                    Reasoning  

PAS 706     Obstetrics, Gynecology and                   3  
                    Pediatrics

PAS 708     Surgical Medicine: Anesthesia,               6  
                   General Surgery,  
                  Otorhinolaryngology,  
                   Ophthalmology, Orthopedic  
                   Surgery, and Urology/Renal      

PAS 710     Internal Medicine 3:                               3  
                    Hematology, Oncology,  
                   
Neurology, Psychiatry    

                                               Total Credits          19

 

Summer I                                                         Credits

PAS 652     Clinical Procedures                               2

             Total Credits                                             2

 

Clinical Year

Summer Term                                                 Credits

PAS 720-750  Clinical Rotations,                          12  
                        four 4-week rotation  
                        scheduled individually by  
                        student

PAS 790     Capstone Seminar I                              2

                                         Total Credits              14

Fall Semester                                                 Credits

PAS 720-750  Clinical Rotations,                         16  
                        four 4-week rotation  
                        scheduled individually by  
                        student

PAS 792     Capstone Seminar II                           2

                                         Total Credits             18  

J Term and Spring Semester                     Credits

PAS 720-750  Clinical Rotations,                          16  
                        four 4-week rotation  
                        scheduled individually by  
                       student   

PAS 794     Capstone Seminar III                           2

                                     Total Credits                   18

  

READING

The Master of Science in Education degree in Reading is designed for classroom teachers seeking greater expertise in the teaching of reading or wishing to qualify for reading teacher, reading specialist, or reading coordinator positions.  

Program Admission

The following are required for admission to graduate study in the reading program:  a) bachelorís degree; b) certifiability as a teacher; c) prior completion of student teaching or equivalent at the elementary or secondary level; d) unconditional admission to graduate study; and e) submission of admissions portfolio. The of admissions portfolio consists of required admission paperwork that is submitted by the candidate to the UWL Admissions Office and a reflective paper on teaching and literacy learning that is submitted directly to the program director.  

Program Options

A. Thesis Option - 30 semester credits including completion of a masterís thesis (RDG 799, Masterís Thesis)

B. Seminar Paper - 30 semester credits including completion of a seminar paper (RDG 761, Seminar Paper)

C. Comprehensive Examination - 36 semester credits and successful completion of a three-hour comprehensive examination.

 At least one-half of all credits (Options A-C) must be earned in 700-level courses. Candidates selecting the thesis or seminar paper option must begin work on their papers with an adviser at least two terms prior to the term in which they expect to graduate. Candidates selecting the 36-credit option should schedule their comprehensive examination with the program director for the term in which they expect to graduate.   

Portfolio Requirements

Each student must complete a portfolio. The portfolio must demonstrate the studentsí growth as assessed with a rubric at benchmarks throughout the program. Students working towards Wisconsin 316-Reading Teacher certification will complete a portfolio that focuses on best practices in the teaching of reading. The portfolio for students who are working toward 317-Reading Specialist certification will add an administrative component. Graduate students should see the reading program director for portfolio guidelines as soon as they begin taking courses.  

Concentrations

Three concentrations are available in the graduate reading program. Concentration I meets the requirements for Wisconsinís DPI 316 Reading Teacher license. Concentration II meets the requirements for Wisconsinís DPI 317 Reading Specialist license. Concentration III is designed for classroom teachers uninterested in 316/317 licensure but desiring greater expertise in developing literacy skills. All candidates for licensure (concentrations I and II) must meet designated course requirements and must have two years of classroom teaching experience. Since classroom teaching experience can be interpreted in various ways, the program director should be consulted if there are any questions.

 Concentration I - Reading Teacher

Required Courses                                                Credits

(listed in preferred sequence)

  RDG     741  Reading in the Elementary                     3  
                       School         

*RDG 528     Reading in the Content Areas               3

*EDM  540     Childrenís Literature                           3              
                                     or     
*EDM  541     Adolescent Literature                          3  
                                     or  
 *EDM  773     Current Trends in Literature              3  
                         for Children and Young Adults 

  RDG     730     Assessment and Instruction            3  
                            of Students with Reading                  
                           Difficulties  

     RDG     733  Advanced Assessment and              3  
                          Evaluation of Reading  
                           Difficulties  

     RDG     747  Reading Practicum                           3  

Additional courses required for Masterís of Science in Education degree in Reading:

     RDG     762  Reading Theory and Research          3

     RDG     761  Seminar Paper                                3-6  
                          (30 credit option)     
                                       or  
     RDG     799  Masterís Thesis                            3-6  
                          (30 credit option)   

Concentration II -Reading Specialist             Credits

     RDG     741  Reading in the Elementary             3  
                        School         

*RDG   528     Reading in the Content Areas          3

*EDM  540     Childrenís Literature                        3  
                                      or  
*EDM  541     Adolescent Literature                      3  
                                       or  
*EDM  773     Current Trends in Literature           3  
                        for Children and Young Adults 

  RDG     730     Assessment and Instruction           3  
                          of Students with Reading  
                           Difficulties 

  RDG     733  Advanced Assessment and               3  
                      Evaluation of Reading  
                       Difficulties  

  RDG     739  Guiding and Directing the                 3  
                      K-12 Reading Program    

RDG     747  Reading Practicum                              3

RDG     762  Reading Theory and Research            3  
                      Reading Programs          

RDG     781  Educational Supervision                     3

**RDG 761     Seminar Paper                               3-6    
                          (30 credit option)     
                                     or  
**RDG 799     Masterís Thesis                            3-6  
                          (30 credit option)   

Concentration III -Classroom Teacher Emphasis Required Courses

(listed in preferred sequence)

                                                                           Credits

RDG 741     Reading in the Elementary                    3  
                     School         

* RDG  528     Reading in the Content Areas            3

RDG 710     Seminar: Reading and                            3  
                    Language Arts in the Middle      
                    School  
                                     or  
                  Three credits of approved                       3  
                  electives in elementary reading      

*EDM 540     Childrenís Literature                          3  
                                   or  
*EDM 541     Adolescent Literature                        3  
                                  or  
*EDM  773     Current Trends in Literature            3  
                         for Children and Young Adults 

RDG     730     Assessment and Instruction of       3  
                        Students with Reading  
                        Difficulties  

RDG 733     Advanced Assessment and                 3  
                     Evaluation of Reading  
                     Difficulties  

RDG 762     Reading Theory and Research           3

**RDG 761     Seminar Paper                              3-6  
                          (30 credit option)     
                                    or  
**RDG 799     Masterís Thesis                          3-6  
                          (30 credit option)     

*May be waived if comparable courses were taken at the undergraduate level.

**36 credit option: Comprehensive Exam

  

Electives

Elective credits to meet the 30 credit or 36 credit minimums must be approved by the program director. Elective credits are to be taken from courses that focus on reading/writing relationships, language arts instruction, writing instruction, use of computers in reading/language arts instruction, ESL, meeting the needs of diverse learners, and curriculum development.  

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Students must earn a minimum 3.00 grade point average in courses required for the 316 and/or 317 reading licenses in order to qualify for certification. 

Non-Degree Students  
(Candidates seeking licensure only)

316 Reading Teacher Certification:

Eighteen semester credits of which no more than six may be earned as part of an undergraduate degree. Required courses are as follows:  RDG 528, 730, 733, 741, 747, and EDM 540 or 541, or 773.  

Degree-Seeking Students

317 Reading Specialist Certification:

Candidates must earn a masterís degree in the reading program, meet requirements for the 316 license, and complete RDG 735, 739, 762 and 781.

Course Rotations

All required courses and several electives are offered at least once every other year. The rotation schedule is indicated in the course descriptions. Since changes in enrollment patterns may require changes to this schedule, students should always check the semester timetable before registering. www.uwlax.edu/records  

 

RECREATION MANAGEMENT AND THERAPEUTIC RECREATION

www.uwlax.edu/rmtr/graduate 

This program is designed to provide students with individualized continuing education to develop competencies specifically related to job needs or to professional growth. The emphasis is on individualizing the studentís program. Each student will select a generalized format for this program consisting of course work appropriate to the individualís needs. Programs leading to a Master of Science degree are available in two areas:

     (1) Recreation Management

     (2) Therapeutic Recreation

  

RECREATION MANAGEMENT   (30 Credits)  

The Master of Science degree in Recreation Management prepares students for positions in public, private, and commercial recreation agencies. The curriculum consists of learning experiences critical for assuming high-level management positions in the leisure service profession. 

Graduates are prepared to:

-  Plan, develop, and manage recreation programs in public and private agencies, commercial enterprises, and tourism business

-  use diverse community, natural, institutional, and human service resources to enhance programs

-  apply common and innovative management techniques for budgets, service pricing, cost analysis, business feasibility, market analysis, and promotions

-  use leadership strategies to strengthen leisure experiences for all, including those with special needs

-  apply evaluation, survey, and research methods to ensure continued improvement in leisure services

-  apply management techniques for recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of staff and volunteers   

Graduates are employed in:

-  local recreation and park agencies; federal natural resource agencies

-  resorts, cruise ships, ski resorts, private campgrounds, and hospitality and travel industries

-  private corporations and tourism agencies

-  health clubs and recreational fitness centers

-  youth agencies

-  Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YM/YWCA

-  condominium developments, convention/visitor bureaus, ice arenas, marinas, golf courses, and theme parks  

Admission Requirements

The minimum undergraduate prerequisite course requirements for admission to the Master of Science degree program in Recreation Management are: 

                                                                                  Credits

REC      100     Foundations of Recreation                     3

REC      300     Program Planning in Recreation             3  
                                               or  
REC      302     Recreation Leadership and                     3
                       
Supervision 

REC      401     Management in Park and                       3
           
             Recreation Resources         

MTH 145     Elementary Statistics                                4  

If all of the above courses have not been previously taken, the recreation graduate program director will determine program deficiencies on an individual basis. The review will be based on previously taken courses as well as prior work experience. Students will be informed if there is an option to ďtest outĒ for any existing course work deficiency. The graduate program director also will determine which deficiency courses need to be taken for credit (auditing of courses might also be recommended).

Students accepted into this program come from a variety of backgrounds including:

-  Agronomy

-  Biology

-  Business Administration

-        Elementary/Secondary Education

-  Forestry

-        Horticulture/Landscape Architecture

-  Natural Resources/Resource Management

-  Physical Education

-  Public Administration

-  Recreation Administration

-  Recreation Leadership

-  Therapeutic Recreation  

Required Courses:  (15 credits)   

                                                                          Credits

REC      520     Commercial Recreation                     3   
                         Management          

REC      701     Philosophical Foundations of          3  
                        Leisure, Play, and Recreation        

REC      710     Entrepreneurship in Recreation       3

REC      711     Management of Leisure                   3  
                        Services Organizations   

EFN 730     Introduction to Research  
                                        or  
HED 706     Research Tools and Processes            3

Research Options: Thesis, Graduate Project, or Internship  (6 credits)

Students are allowed to choose from one of three options in the program. They are:  

Option A - Thesis                                             Credits

REC      799     Research: Masterís Thesis              6  

Option B - Graduate Project                           Credits

REC    761     Graduate Project in Recreation        

Option C - Internship                                     Credits

REC     700    Internship                                         6                          

Elective Courses:  (9 credits)

Recommended elective graduate courses in the department of recreation management and therapeutic recreation include:

                                                                            Credits

REC      502     Risk Management in Leisure           3            
                         Service Organizations   

REC      700     Internship                                      1-6

REC      706     Public Education and                        2  
                         Recreation

REC      713     Recreation Planning and                   3  
                        Facility Development    

REC      740     Outdoor Education                        1-3

REC      780       A comparative Approach             3  
                          to Leisure and Society       

REC      795     Independent Study in                    1-3  
                        Recreation Management     

REC      797     Special Projects in                         1-3  
                        Recreation Management     

RTH     562     Inclusive Recreation                     2-3  
                        Program Administration 

RTH     570     Facilitation Techniques in              3  
                       Therapeutic Recreation     

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION (30-36 Credits)  

The Master of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation prepares students for certification as Therapeutic Recreation Specialists. Students learn to develop and implement treatment, leisure, education, and recreation programs for individuals with special needs.  

Graduates are prepared to:

-  assess the need for therapeutic recreation intervention

-  plan and evaluate individual and group treatment, leisure education and recreation participation programs

-  supervise interdisciplinary teams and human service providers

-  organize and manage services

-  direct outreach, advocacy, and public relations activities

-  assist individuals in the development of life-long leisure independence

-  address therapeutic recreation professionalization issues

-  take the national examination to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

-  use advanced knowledge as a clinical administrator or consultant  

Graduates are employed in:

-  hospitals and physical rehabilitation facilities

-  county, state, and national mental health treatment centers

-  residential settings

-  long-term care or nursing home facilities

-  community-based centers and human service agencies

-  recreation agencies, including national associations for disabled sport competitors (i.e., Special Olympics)

-  human service areas needing therapeutic recreation consultants  

Admission Requirements

Students without a previous background in therapeutic recreation, as well as those who are certification eligible as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, will be admitted into the program after fulfilling university graduate school admission requirements. Deficiencies will be determined based on the studentís educational background and work experience. 

 The minimum undergraduate prerequisite course and competency requirements for admission to the Master of Science degree program in Recreation with a Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis are:  

Undergraduate Prerequisite Course Requirements (or equivalent knowledge)

                                                                                      Credits

RTH     250     Introduction to Therapeutic                   3-4  
                        Recreation

RTH     326     Therapeutic Recreation                             3  
                         Populations I
           
                          or  
 RTH     327     Therapeutic Recreation                             3  
                          Populations II

MTH 145         Elementary Statistics                             3-4

ESS       205     Human Anatomy and                               3  
                         Physiology    

PSY      304     Abnormal Psychology                             3

PSY      212     Life Span Development                           3  

The above courses may be taken at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse during the first two semesters of the graduate program.

 

Prerequisite Competency Requirement

Knowledge of and experience with a disability group in a therapeutic recreation setting (minimum 50 documented hours of acceptable experience).

    To become eligible to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) exam through the professional academic path, a total of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units of supportive course work must be successfully completed with at least three units in the content of abnormal psychology, three units in the content of anatomy and physiology, and three units in the content area of human growth and development across the lifespan.    The remaining semester units or quarter units of course work must be fulfilled in the content of ďhuman servicesĒ as defined by NCTRC (human services is defined to include courses supportive to the practice of therapeutic recreation such as: psychology, sociology, related biological/ physical sciences, adaptive physical education, special education, education, ethics and other disciplines of study supportive to the practice of therapeutic recreation). Students must fulfill the most current NCTRC requirements for certification eligibility. Fulfilling the most recent NCTRC requirements for eligibility is the responsibility of the student.

Program of Study

Upon admission, the student will be classified into one of two groups based upon previous academic background, certification status, and professional experience in the field of therapeutic recreation. The student will be classified either as a student without a previous background in therapeutic recreation or as a student with a previous background (certification eligible) in therapeutic recreation.

A. Program of study for a student with a background (certification eligible) in therapeutic recreation:

    The program of study involves a minimum of 30 credits. A program of study includes the required courses, one of three research options, and electives. The program of study will be jointly developed by the student and the graduate program director.  

Required Courses:  (18 credits)               

                                                                                      Credits

REC      701     Philosophical Foundations of                     3  
                         Leisure, Play, and Recreation        

REC      710     Entrepreneurship in Recreation                  3

REC      711     Management of Leisure                              3  
                        Services Organizations   

RTH     593     Therapeutic Recreation Trends                   3  
                        and Issues  

RTH     730     Advanced Clinical Aspects in                     3
                  
     Therapeutic Recreation        

EFN      730     Introduction to Research                            3  
                                          or  
HED     706     Research Tools and Processes                   3
            

Research Options:

Thesis, Graduate Project, Comprehensive Examination

Students will select one of three research options to this graduate program. The options are:

Option A - Thesis                                                         Credits      

REC      799     Research: Masterís Thesis                         

Option B - Graduate Project                                      Credits

REC      761     Graduate Project in                                   3-6  
                        Recreation   

Option C - Comprehensive Examination

Option C includes all required courses, plus additional elective courses from graduate program offerings to total 30 semester credits (36 credits for those entering the program without a background in therapeutic recreation.). A comprehensive examination is written successfully. The examination is developed and graded by the graduate faculty.  

B. Program of study for a student without a previous background in therapeutic recreation:

    This program of study requires a minimum of 36 credits. A program of study includes the required graduate courses, therapeutic recreation core courses, one of three research options, and electives. Additional credit(s) may be required to fulfill the sitting requirements of the (NCTRC). A program of study will be developed by the student and the graduate program director. Courses for the student without a previous background in therapeutic recreation -In addition to the required courses, the following are required core courses for the student without a previous background in therapeutic recreation:

                                                                          Credits

RTH     556     Program Design and                        3  
                        Administration of Therapeutic  
                         Recreation

RTH     570     Facilitation Techniques in              3  
                        Therapeutic Recreation        

RTH     576     Assessment and Treatment            3  
                         Planning in Therapeutic Recreation

RTH     580     Leisure Education                          3

RTH     700     Internship                                      6

(Required only if NCTRC field placement requirements are not met) 

At the discretion of the graduate program director, previously taken equivalent undergraduate courses (therapeutic recreation core courses) may not have to be repeated on the graduate level. 

Elective Courses:

Additional elective courses may be required to fulfill the minimum (30-36) number of credits to graduate. The elective course(s) will be determined jointly by the student and the graduate program director. 

 

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY  

The UW-La Crosse graduate program in School Psychology offers an Education Specialist degree. The degree requires two years of full-time study, one summer of study, a one-year internship during the third year, completion of an Education Specialist thesis, and the passing of either the national school psychology test or UW-L comprehensive examinations. Successful completion of all requirements for the 66-semester credit program leads to full licensure as a School Psychologist in Wisconsin and most other states. Students earn a 30-credit Master of Science in Education degree before completing the remaining Education Specialist degree requirements.

The UW-La Crosse school psychology program is part of the Psychology Department and the College of Liberal Studies. The program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and has full approval from the National Association of School Psychology (NASP). Upon completion of all program requirements, students are eligible for certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Graduates of the program are employed in public schools or in educational agencies that serve public schools.

The school psychology program prepares graduate students for licensure as school psychologists through academic course work, 700 hours of supervised school practica, and a one year, 1,200 hour school internship. The school psychology knowledge base includes areas of professional school psychology, educational psychology, psychological foundations, educational foundations, and mental health. To provide psychological services in educational settings, graduates of the school psychology program also must have considerable knowledge of curriculum, special education and pupil services.

The school psychology program adheres to state and national training standards for school psychology. Graduate students must develop professional competencies for each of the 11 DPI/NASP training standards: data-based decision making and accountability; consultation and collaboration; effective instruction and development of cognitive/academic skills; socialization and development of life skills; student diversity in development and learning; school and systems organization, policy development, and climate; prevention, crisis intervention and mental health; home/school/community collaboration; research and program evaluation; school psychology practice and development; and information technology. Over the course of their UW-L training, graduate students will maintain an evolving portfolio that documents professional growth and achieved competence in each of the 11 areas.

The emphasis of this program is to train school psychologists who are effective teacher, parent and school consultants. The program also emphasizes a pupil services model that addresses the educational and mental health needs of all children, from early childhood through high school.

Graduate students are placed in local schools as early and as intensively as possible. During their second, third and fourth semesters, students spend two days per week working in local schools under the direct supervision of experienced school psychologists. During these school practica, students develop professional skills in assessment, consultation, intervention, counseling, case management, and in each of the NASP standards. Many of the core courses require projects that are completed in the schools during practica.

An information and application packet can be obtained through the Web  ( www.uwlax.edu/graduate/psychology  ) or by writing the school psychology program director, Psychology Department, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601, or by sending an e-mail to dixon.robe@uwlax.edu . In addition to meeting all the requirements established for general graduate admissions, students must also meet school psychology program requirements before admission to the program. These additional requirements include: three letters of recommendation scores from the GRE Verbal Quantitative and Analytical Writing sections a score from the GRE Psychology subject test, (optional) a writing sample, resume of educational and work experience, and a statement of purpose. 

*school psychology course fees are at least $25.00.   

REQUIREMENTS OF EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREE IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY  

General Requirements:

A. Complete the following requirements for a Master of Science in Education degree in School Psychology:

1) Complete 30 graduate credits.

2) A minimum of 15 of the 30 credits need to be completed at the 700 level.

3) Complete the following courses: PSY  420/520, 451/551, SPY 700, 752, 757, 758, 762 and 775.

B. Complete a minimum of 66 graduate credits (includes thesis and credits completed for the Master of Science in Education degree), with at least two thirds of these at the 700 or 800 level.

C. Complete an Education Specialist thesis within seven years of beginning the program.

D. Obtain a passing score (set by the National Association of School Psychology for NCSP certification) on the National School Psychology Examination or a passing score on the comprehensive examinations written by UW-L psychology and school psychology faculty. The UW-L written comprehensive examinations cover the same areas assessed by the National School Psychology Examination. The areas are: assessment; prevention and intervention; evaluation and research; professional practice; applied psychological foundations; and applied educational foundations. UW-L comprehensive examinations are offered during the spring semester of each year. Students must pass either the National School Psychology Examination or the UW-L comprehensive exams before being allowed to begin an internship, to obtain a school psychology position, or to apply for initial school psychology licensure.

E.  Complete a professional portfolio that demonstrates achieved competence for each of the 11 NASP training standards.

 

Course Requirements:

A. Psychological Foundations

    Complete at least two credits in each of the following areas. Course work completed at the undergraduate level need not be repeated. At least nine credits must be completed at the graduate level:                                                                                  

Developmental Psychology                                            Credits  

PSY      410/510 Advanced Developmental                           3  
                           Psychology        
                                              or  
PSY      710     Educational Psychology:                                3  
                        Human Development  
    

Cognitive Psychology

PSY      435/535   Cognitive                                                   3  
                            Processes
 

Statistics

     An undergraduate statistics course                                 3   
                                  or  
EFN      735     Interpretation of Statistical Data                3             

Childhood Behavior Disorders

PSY      717     Behavior Disorders in Children                 3  

Research Methods

PSY      420/520  Research Foundations in                       3  
                             Psychology     

Personality Theories

PSY      402/502   Personality Theories                            3                    

Psychological Measurement

PSY      451/551     Psychological  Measurement            3     

Or electives approved by the school psychology program director.  

B. Educational Foundations

     Complete three credits in each of the following areas. Course work completed at the undergraduate level need not be repeated. At least six credits must be completed at the graduate level.            

Human Relations                                                      Credits

EFN      705     Human Relations in School                      3  
                        and Community  
    

Special Education Methods

SPE 401/501  Learners with Exceptional                        3  
                       Needs and Abilities                     
  

Educational Foundations

SPE       716     Teachers and the Law                             3  
 

Reading

RDG     320/520 Emergent Literacy                               3  
                                       or  
RDG     730     Assessment and Instruction of              3  
                        Students with Reading Difficulties                                       

Or electives approved by the school psychology program director.  

C.  Core Professional Training

     Complete each of the following courses.

                                                                                  Credits

SPY      700     School Psychology: Role and                3  
                       Function        

SPY      752     Academic and Behavioral                      3  
                        Interventions         

*PSY 756     Early Childhood Assessment                   3

*SPY 757     Psycho educational Assessment              3  

*SPY 758     Psycho educational                                  3  
                     Assessment II 

*PSY 759     Assessment of Personality and               3  
                      E/BD   

*SPY 762     Supervised Practicum I in                        3  
                     School Psychology      

*SPY 763     Supervised Practicum II in                       3  
                    School Psychology      

*SPY 764     Supervised Practicum III in                     3  
                    School Psychology      

PSY      772     Counseling and Therapy                      3  
                        Methods 

SPY      775     Behavioral Assessment and                 3  
                       Management   

PSY      776     Psychoeducational Consultation        3  
                       and Collaboration    

SPY      797     Internship in School Psychology      3

SPY      800     Thesis Proposal                                  3

SPY 801     Specialist Thesis                                       6

Or electives approved by the school psychology program director  6-10 

Licensure, Practicum, Internship, and Thesis Requirements:  

Provisional licensure in Wisconsin is granted after completion of all Education Specialist degree requirements, excepting the School Psychology Internship and the Education Specialist thesis. Students are eligible for full Wisconsin licensure upon completion of an internship and an Education Specialist thesis. Students who complete only the masterís degree are not eligible for licensure as a school psychologist.

     Students must complete three semesters of a supervised school psychology practicum. During practicum experiences students develop school psychology professional knowledge, skills, and behavior. Core professional skills, as well as professional behavior, are critical to effective school psychology functioning. Thus, only students who have successfully completed all prerequisite course work (no incompletes) are allowed to enroll for practica. In addition, appropriate professional behavior and personal effectiveness are required for continued enrollment in practica.

Students must have their thesis proposals approved prior to starting their internships. Students are aided in developing thesis proposals in SPY 800 starting in the summer after their first year.

     Internships must be in a school setting, total 1,200 hours, and be supervised by a certified school psychologist and a UW-L school psychology instructor. A site visit from the university supervisor is required each semester. All interns must pay all actual costs associated with each semesterís site visit, including travel, lodging, and meals.

     Beginning the first semester of their third year in graduate school, students must register for at least 1 credit of SPY 801: Specialist Thesis each semester until their thesis is approved. A minimum of 6 thesis credits are required. A maximum of 10 credits can be earned but only 6 apply toward the degree. 

Note: For additional school psychology program policies, students should refer to the School Psychology Graduate Student Handbook available in the School Psychology office, 341 Graff Main Hall.

 

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING 

The focus of the Master of Software Engineering (MSE) degree program is to teach the advanced state-of-the-art technologies in software development with hands-on experience, and to apply the knowledge to some challenging real-world problems. The program will guide the students to acquire both technical skills and software project management skills that are required to lead and to carry out software development projects.  

Prerequisites for Admission

The students who wish to gain admission into the MSE program should have taken courses on the following topics or should have knowledge in these areas (evidence or supporting materials required):

1) A modern programming language such as C, C++, Java, Eiffel, C#, Visual Basic, or Smalltalk (UW-L equivalents: C-S 120, C-S 220, and C-S 224)

2) Data structures and algorithms that includes abstract data types such as List, Stack, Queue, Tree and Graph (UW-L equivalent: C-S 340)

3) Discrete mathematics that includes topics on Set Theory, Predicate Logic, Functions and Relations (UW-L equivalent: MTH 225) 

Students who lack any of these prerequisites must take additional courses (not counted for credit towards the MSE program) to meet the prerequisites requirement. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.85/4.0 is required in these courses. This restriction on GPA for the prerequisite courses has been imposed to ensure that the students have adequate background in software development. In particular, non-computer science students may also be admitted into the MSE program (see the admission requirements below), and hence a thorough knowledge of the topics covered in the prerequisite courses is necessary.  

Admission Requirements

In addition to the prerequisites mentioned above, each student also must satisfy one of the following requirements: 

1) The student must have a bachelorís degree in software engineering, computer science, computer engineering or an equivalent major, with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.85/4.0 or a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 in the last half of all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 for no fewer than 12 semester credits of graduate study at another accredited graduate institution.

2) The student must have a bachelorís degree in any other discipline with an overall GPA of at least 2.85/4.0 or a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 in the last half of all undergraduate work, and should at least have two years of working experience in a software industry. In this case, the student should provide at least two references from the work place. The referees should be able to comment on the knowledge and skills of the student in software development.  

More information can be obtained at www.CS.uwlax.edu/mse

Note: Application deadline is May 1 of each year for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester.

 Program Requirements (36 Credits)

Each student in the program should complete 24 credits of course work and 12 credits of project work. The course work consists of five core courses and three elective courses.

 

Core Courses: (15 credits)                                     Credits

C-S       546     Object-Oriented Software                        3  
                        Development  

C-S       741     Software Engineering Principles               3

C-S       742     Formal Methods in Software                   3  
                       Development  

C-S       743     Software Verification and                        3  
                        Validation

C-S       744     Management Issues in Software              3  
                        Engineering      

Elective Courses: (9 credits)

                                                                                 Credits

C-S       521     Programming Language                          3  
                        Concepts

C-S       542     Structure of Compilers                          3

C-S       549     Advances in Software                            3  
                        Engineering    

C-S       551     User Interface Design                           3

C-S       554     Digital Image Processing                       3

C-S       555     Fundamentals of Information               3  
                        Security  

C-S       564     Advanced Database                              3  
                        Management Systems            

C-S       570     Parallel and Distributed                        3  
                        Computing

C-S       571     Data Communications                         3

C-S       750     Topics in Software                            1-3  
                        Engineering    

C-S       751     Seminar in Software                          1-3  
                        Engineering    

C-S       752     Independent Study                           1-3  

Capstone Project Work:  (12 credits)

                                                                               Credits

C-S       798     Software Development Project          1-6  

C-S 798 is a 12-credit course involving a major software development project and requires the development of software for a particular application. Upon registering for this course, a student should choose a problem, analyze its feasibility in terms of time limits and resources, develop the requirements document and design (architectural and detailed) document, implement the design and demonstrate the product with appropriate test cases. A project proposal must be submitted to the Project Evaluation Committee (PEC) in the computer science department for approval before starting the project. This proposal should include the goals, project plan, time schedule, resource requirements and other details pertinent to the project. A student can register for the project course at any time by submitting the project proposal, and continue to work on the project thereafter. Depending on the work done in each term, the student will be given appropriate number of credits per term (a maximum of 12) as outlined in the project proposal. PEC is responsible for checking the work proposed/done in each term and giving the appropriate number of credits.

At the completion of the project, the student should submit a written project report that satisfies the requirements stated in A Guide for Writing a Software Development Project Report (available from the computer science department). This report will be evaluated by PEC. After PEC has read the report (normally within a month after submission), an oral examination will be conducted. Members of PEC and the project supervisors/advisers (stated below) will serve as the examiners for this oral examination. The student will be given a pass/fail grade for the course at the end of the oral examination.

The project will address a real-world problem and hence will be selected from a source outside the computer science department. The purpose of this project work is to apply the knowledge gained in the course work to a real-world problem. The sources for selecting the problem include other departments (academic and administrative) in the university and industries. A faculty member in the computer science department and a supervisor in the unit from where the problem is chosen (another department or industry) will jointly supervise/guide the student. In the event of not being able to find a suitable project outside the computer science department, the student may seek a project given by one of the faculty members in the department. The same faculty will supervise/guide the student. The latter option provides an opportunity for students to conduct research in software engineering.

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

The Master in Science degree in Special Education is designed for teacher candidates of students with special needs. Admission to the Graduate Studies, completion of the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogy Test, and completion of program application procedures are required for entry into the program. To complete degree requirements, students must elect one of the following program options. 

Option A: Thesis  - 30 semester credits including completion of a masterís thesis

Option B: Seminar Paper - 32 semester credits including completion of a seminar paper

Option C: Comprehensive Examination - 36 semester credits and successful completion of a three-hour comprehensive examination 

At least one-half of all credits (Options A-C) must be earned in 700-level courses. Candidates must supplement option choice with courses from the Certification Requirement or Elective Course sections. Candidates selecting the thesis or seminar paper option must begin work on their papers with an adviser at least two semesters prior to the term in which they expect to graduate. Candidates selecting the comprehensive examination option must schedule their comprehensive examination with the program director one semester prior to the semester in which they expect to graduate. 

Option A: Thesis Option                                   Credits

SPE       715     Special Education& the Law              3

RDG     730     Remedial Reading                               3

EFN      760     Theory & Practice in                          3  
                         Educational Research             
                                        or  
RDG     762     Reading Theory & Research              3

SPE       799     Research: Masterís                            
                         Thesis                maximum          
       6 

Option B: Seminar Paper Option

                                                                                Credits

SPE       715     Special Education & the Law              3

RDG     730     Remedial Reading                                3

EFN      760     Theory & Practice in                          3   
                         Educational Research             
                                       or  
RDG 762     Reading Theory & Research                  3

SPE       761     Seminar Paper                                    2

 

Option C: Comprehensive Exam Option

                                                                                  Credits

SPE       715     Special Education & the Law                3

RDG     730     Remedial Reading                                  3

EFN      760     Theory & Practice in                            3  
                         Educational Research             
                                         or  
RDG     762     Reading Theory & Research                 3

SPE       780     Seminar in Special Education                3  

Elective Courses:

                                                                                  Credits

RDG  528     Reading in the Content Areas                   3

EDM 773     Current Trends in Literature                     3  
                      for Children & Young Adults 

EFN  715     Issues & Trends in Education                   3

EFN  739     Seminar:  Special Problems in                   3  
                     Education

EFN 740        School Law                                             3

ESS  725         Diversity in Physical Activity              2  
                       Setting

ESS  765        Adventure Education for                     2-3  
                       Physical Education         

ESS  787        Clinical Internship in                           1-3  
                      Special Physical Education     

ESS 792        Seminar in Special Physical                  1-3  
                      Education

RDG 733     Advanced Assessment &                        3  
                     Evaluation of Reading  
                     Difficulties     

RDG 745     Early Reading                                         3  
                     Empowerment 1    

RDG 756     Early Reading                                        3  
                      Empowerment II  

REC  701     Philosophical Foundations of               3  
                    Leisure, Play, and Recreation     

 

Certification Requirements:

Students seeking special education certification have two age-level options: Cross-Categorical Special Education-Middle Childhood/Adolescence or Cross-Categorical Special Education-Early Adolescence/ Adolescence. Candidates in a masterís degree program option may supplement with certification courses, but must abide by the 700-level course policy.  

Non-Degree Students:

Candidates who seek Cross-Categorical Special Education licensure-only may do so by completing the certification requirements below. This is not a degree-seeking option. 

Special Education certification requires the completion of the following:

1) Any designated Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction deficiencies (designated by previous teaching experience & completed course work)

2) All core courses

3) At least one Certification Option within the Initial or Add-on option sequence

a.  Cross-Categorical Special Education-Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence

b.  Cross-Categorical Special Education-Early Adolescence/Adolescence

4) Special Education Professional Practice  

Core Courses: 18 credits (All core courses are required for each Certification Option.)       

                                                                                 Credits

SPE  516     Introduction to Cross-                               3  
                    Categorical Special  
                    Education Characteristics  

SPE  524    Classroom Management &                         3  
                   Positive Behavior Practices

SPE  529     Inclusive Strategies for the                         3  
                   Classroom

SPE  531     Language Development &                          3  
                    Disorders

SPE 540     Collaboration & Transition:                        3  
                   from School to Community      

SPE 552     Individual Assessment                                3  

 Initial Certification Options: (for those NOT currently teaching with emergency licensure)  

Option 1 Cross-Categorical Special Education-Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence (5 Credits)

SPE  546     Methods in Cross-                                   3  
                   Categorical Special  
                    Education-Middle   
                    Childhood/Early Adolescence     

SPE  561    Clinical in Special Education                      2  

Professional Practice (10 credits)

                                                                                  Credits

SPE  583    Student Teaching: Cross-                             9  
                   Categorical Special Education-  
                   Middle Childhood/Early  
                   Adolescence  

  SPE 530   Seminar in Cross-Categorical                         1  
                  Special Education         

Option 2 Cross-Categorical Special Education-Early Adolescence/Adolescence (5 Credits)                 

SPE  547   Methods in Cross-Categorical                       3  
                 Special Education-Early  
                 Adolescence/Adolescence          

SPE  561  Clinical in Special Education                           2

 

Professional Practice (10 credits)

                                                                                  Credits

SPE  584     Student Teaching: Cross                             9  
                   Categorical Special Education-  
                   Early Adolescence/Adolescence

SPE 530     Seminar in Cross Categorical                        1  
                  Special Education           

ADD-ON CERTIFICATION OPTIONS:  (for those CURRENTLY teaching with an emergency license)  

Option 1:  Cross-Categorical Special Education-Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence (3 credits)  

SPE 546     Methods in Cross-Categorical                     3  
                   Special Education-Middle  
                  Childhood/Early Adolescence                  

Professional Practice ( 5 credits)

SPE 783     Student Teaching: Cross-                            3  
                   Categorical Special Education-  
                   Middle Childhood/Early  
                   Adolescence

SPE 786    Seminar in Cross-Categorical                        2  
                  Special Education             
 

Option 2:  Cross-Categorical Special Education-Early Adolescence/Adolescence Courses (5 credits)  

SPE 547     Methods in Cross-Categorical                    3  
                   Special Education-Early  
                  Adolescence/Adolescence                
 

Professional Practice (5 credits)

SPE 784      Student Teaching: Cross-                          3  
                   Categorical Special Education-  
                   Early Adolescence/Adolescence               

SPE 785     Seminar in Cross Categorical                      2  
                   Special Education             

 

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