Human Services Concentration

The Human Services Concentration focuses on the behavioral sciences and mental health theory, through selected courses in psychology, counselor education, criminal justice, communication, business administration, and related disciplines.

Participating in off-campus UW-Platteville’s School of Education classes

Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fee information is available on the UWP cashier’s page.

Registration and Payment
Each semester, you will receive registration materials for upcoming classes. The registration deadline is at least 2 weeks before classes begin. Payment or verification of financial aid eligibility is required before registrations can be processed. A partial payment plan is available.

Financial Aid
Students officially admitted into the MSE degree program and registered for at least 5 credits per semester are eligible for financial aid. See the Financial Aid web page. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed; call 608-342-1836 for an application.

Textbooks and materials
Students in on-campus courses use the Textbook Center. For all weekend courses, students must purchase their own books prior to the start of class. See the registration page for textbook information.

Library access
As a registered UW-Platteville student, you will be eligible to use Karrmann Library resources and will have access to those resources on-line. Please see the Guide for Off-Campus Users at our web site or chose “Off-Campus Users” from the library home page. Web site:

You may also use the libraries at UW System campuses in your area (UW-Platteville student ID may be required to check out materials).

The courses in the Adult Education emphasis and Human Services concentration (not including the 2-credit Seminar Paper Research) have been approved to meet the 28 credits of mental health theory required for the State of Wisconsin Psychotherapy Provider Certification. The program has been pre-approved by the Wisconsin Certification Board as an accredited program in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. In addition to the credit courses, you will need to independently arrange for your supervised clinical practice experience for either certification. Note that there is an option to take a 42 credit version of the Human Services Concentration for those who may wish to pursue licensure as a professional counselor (a higher level credential than psychotherapy provider).

Projection of Course Offerings

The sequence of courses outlined below may vary slightly, depending on faculty availability and course enrollments. Each class requires a minimum of 12 - 15 students. If enrollment for a class falls below the minimum, the School of Education reserves the right to cancel the class.

Tentative Rotation of Weekend Courses
UW-Platteville MSE Adult Education Program

Classes are offered face-to-face or via interactive video distance technology at technical college, high school, or UW campus locations. For distance learning classes, the faculty visits sites during the semester

Required Areas of Study
All of the courses offered in the off-campus MSE program are aligned with the following areas of study, which include four core areas (A-D) and a concentration area (E)
  1. Foundations (3 credit minimum)
  2. Research (3 credit minimum)
    • Courses deal primarily with research methodology appropriate to adult education, including data collection procedures and interpretation of research studies related to student’s area of concentration.
    • Course that meets this requirement:
      Research Procedures (3 credits)
  3. Theories of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (3 credit minimum)
    • Courses include current theories of learning, the nature of the adult learner, instructional development, evaluation, and management of the teaching-learning process.
    • Course that meets this requirement:
      The Adult Learner (3 credits)
  4. Curriculum (3 credit minimum)
    • Courses address instructional strategies in teaching adults, concepts and procedures in developing adult education programs, organizational analysis and management.
    • Course that meets this requirement:
      Program Planning for Adults (3 credits)
  5. Concentration (9-18 credits)