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Under certain conditions, university credit will be granted for experience in business and industry. In all cases, a careful evaluation will be made of the appropriateness of such experience to fulfill degree requirements and vocational objectives.
A maximum of 24 semester hours of technical credit may be earned through examination by those students who have completed three years of skilled occupational experiences beyond the learning level of the occupation. Students with less than this amount of experience may request examination in specific technical courses upon presentation of evidence of appropriate work experience in that area.
Students wishing to receive credit for skilled occupational experiences should first present evidence of the required amount of work to the program director of Career, Technical Education and Training, and associate dean in the School of Education. Such evidence should be presented shortly after the first enrollment at UW-Stout to allow special program consideration. If the work experience is deemed satisfactory, and upon completion of one semester on campus, an examination will be arranged.
The university will hold examinations to include written work and performance. The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute Examinations will be used when available. The cost of this examination is $300 and is to be deposited in the test exam account. Forms are available from the associate dean, School of Education.
Successful completion is the 50th percentile on the written and performance examinations.
Upon successful completion, the student should obtain the NOCTI form from the CTET program director to pay for the 24 credits earned. The fee is $5 for the Registration and Records Office for record keeping, and $5 per credit for a total of $125.
Fees for trade examinations are not preset; instead, the following procedure is used:
An application fee of $25 is charged before arrangements are made for the examination. Of this, $5 is credited to the Registration and Records Office for necessary record keeping. The remaining $20 is credited to the department involved for the work of arranging the examination.
A charge of $5 per credit awarded beyond four (4) credits is made after completion of the examination, with such credits to be determined by the examination committee. The moneys thus charged are credited to the department involved and distributed at the dean's discretion.
Many students at UW-Stout design their own courses for credit under the direction of a faculty adviser. They set their own personal learning objectives; develop the best learning methods to achieve those objectives; design their own final evaluation; and even decide what type of grading system will be used in evaluating their study.
Independent Study is open to all students during any enrollment period. Credits are awarded on the basis of expending approximately 50 hours of effort for each credit. After a topic area for an Independent Study has been selected and approved by an appropriate department chair, a faculty member is then assigned as a learning coordinator to counsel and aid students in achieving their desired learning objectives. At the conclusion of the study, this learning coordinator then assigns a final grade for the study. Students who wish to use independent study credits toward a degree as a program requirement must have prior approval of the program director of the major. Existing courses are not offered as Independent Study topics.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of an Independent Study is for students to develop self-direction. After graduation, this self-direction can be a major factor in helping a person achieve goals in an ever-changing society. This option also provides more scope and depth in the curriculum by allowing students to investigate areas of interest not currently included in any approved course at UW-Stout; study areas and develop projects which cut across course boundaries; or delve more deeply into specific parts of an existing offering.
Applications and additional information are available in the dean's office of each college. Independent Study courses are offered as electives in almost all majors, minors and departments, and at least one Independent Study is now required in several majors and minors.
Most students use their summers to enroll in this program, but part-time work is also usually permissible if it fulfills the requirement of employment, which is 320 hours. This number of hours, however, is flexible for most majors and is reduced by at least 50 percent for those students volunteering their services. Most students obtain their own field position which is part of the educational experience; however, aids to finding and securing field positions are available. Students may repeat the course for credit, but the experience must be in a different organization or progressively more advanced in the same organization. The student's field position and their own individual learning objectives are reviewed and approved by the chairperson of the department offering the course.
In the past, students have found that field experiences improved their motivation as they discovered the relationships between theory and practice; helped them in developing better human relations and communications skills; and provided them with an effective means of gaining career guidance information concerning their majors.
Field Experience courses are offered as electives in almost all majors, minors and departments, and at least one Field Experience is now required in several majors and minors. Application forms for enrollment in the program are available in the dean's office of each college. A separate summer graduate level Field Experience program has been developed for in-service vocational teachers and guidance counselors employed at both the high school and post-high school levels.
Internships are available in selected areas for company/agency screened students. The duration of the internship is dictated by proposed projects and needs of the company or agency along with the needs and interests of the student. The type of professional experience engaged is determined through mutual agreement between university representatives and the professional supervisor. Credits earned in an internship are usually greater than that earned through field experience since it is planned as an advanced learning experience. Both summer and six-month internships are administered by each college. Internships are also available in education (4-8 cr.) in an educational institution/agency or business and industry. If you are interested in becoming an intern, contact the dean's office that houses your major.
Assistance in locating non-credit part-time or summer jobs is available from the Career Services Office. Some jobs are posted on the bulletin board directly outside of the office, while more extensive and detailed information can be found in the resource center at Career Services, 103 Administration Building.
The Cooperative Education Program, administered by Career Services, offers students an experiential learning option. Co-op is for those students who feel that field experience in a business, industry or governmental agency related to their academic program will help them reach their professional goals. Most Co-op students leave campus to alternate terms of experience with terms of class attendance; a small number of students Co-op part time with nearby industries while attending UW-Stout part time.
Co-op is a planned, supervised, evaluated learning experience which takes place in an off-campus laboratory. The periods of paid cooperative employment enable students to receive a first-hand view of their career while earning credit and maintaining their full-time student status at UW-Stout.
Program director approval is required prior to the Co-op experience. For more information, contact Career Services, 103 Administration Building.
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