Program Overview

License Program Overview

CUW’s Alternative Education concentration and add-on license acknowledges that large and/or traditional school environments do not meet the needs of all students.  The Alternative Education License is designed to work with teachers, school districts, and community members to develop programs that help all students become successful, including those who are at-risk, vulnerable, or disengaged.  For the student who has lost his or her way, this might include jail or detention based education, credit acceleration, a behavior program, or an opportunity to return to a traditional school.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn new strategies to implement in your classroom, district or counseling environment, both in the school and the community.
  • Become a leader of positive change and resilience.
  • Develop strategies to incorporate Response to Intervention (RtI) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)
  • Understand social, personal, cultural, and community dynamics in relation to the education of students who are at risk.
  • Know the various delivery systems for educational interventions and the role of the teacher in each system
  • Assist in creating healthy environments where all students can grow and thrive academically, socially, physically, and spiritually.  

Financial Assistance

Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Loans are available to graduate students seeking degrees. If you choose to take the Alternative Education courses as part of a full Master’s degree program, you may apply online and Concordia’s school code is 003842. 

Preferred Educational Partners

Student’s whose school districts are Preferred Educational Partners receive a tuition reduction. Please see here for more information.

Christian Educator Discount

Grants are available to teachers in Christian Schools

Teach Grant

Students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary, secondary, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families may be eligible for a Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant. 

Entrance Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their undergraduate program to be eligible for the program
  • The Alternative Education license is an additional license for people who currently possess a teacher’s license from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Students do not need a current teaching license to enroll in the courses


Required Courses:

  • EDG 632/932 Educating Students at Risk (3 credits)
  • EDG 633/933 Alternative Education (3 credits)
  • EDG 627/927 Portfolio (0 credits)

*Note: Alternative Education courses can be taken as its’ own program, or as courses in other graduate education programs such as Teaching and Learning and Counseling. They can also be taken as credits needed toward teaching license renewal.


“I selected this program at CUW for several reasons.  The Professor had a wealth of knowledge regarding alternative education and was very active in this field.  Also, the program offered the opportunity to connect, learn from and work with other professionals in the field.  Through the courses, I developed lasting professional relationships.”
-Nancy Wedwick, Graduate

“I am currently in my 5th year of teaching Alternative Education.  I gained much of my current expertise from two classes I took at CUW. The classes included a very knowledgeable and compassionate instructor, as well as many outside speakers who used relevant examples of how to effectively deal with at-risk and/or disengaged students.  I can honestly say that much of my success and passion stems from the valuable tools and experience I gained through this program.”
-Jim Karrels, Graduate