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Teachers Complete Principal Licensure Program

Almost a dozen area teachers completed the Principal Licensure Program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and attended a special completion ceremony in May.

Approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the program meets certification requirements for K-12 principals in both private and public school settings.
Teachers who completed the program include:

Rebecca Bicha, third grade teacher at Malone Elementary in Prescott;
Craig Broern, science teacher and former athletic director in the St. Croix Falls School District;
Timothy Chuckel, math teacher at the Hudson Middle School;
Steve Jensen, middle school English teacher in the Woodville School District, who lives in Baldwin;
Dean Kaminski, elementary teacher at Tiffany Creek Elementary School in
Matthew Kiskunas, music teacher for the Spring Valley School District;
Mary Lansing, coordinator of special programs in the Spring Valley School District;
John Loy, social studies teacher and assistant principal in Chetek School District; and
Shirley Rossing, elementary music teacher from New Richmond.

Rebecca (Cregan) Befeman, social studies teacher at St. Paul Central High School, who lives in Woodbury, Minn.;
Stacy Martin, junior high special education teacher, South Washington (Minn.)
County School District.

Starting summer 2005, the program is offered jointly by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

The program focuses on 21 competencies identified by the National Educational Policy Board necessary to become a successful principal. While Wisconsin requires a master's degree for certification, those seeking principal certification in Minnesota must also obtain an education specialist degree.

Those seeking principal licensure in Minnesota can earn the required educational specialist degree by taking additional courses at St. Thomas. Students can earn a master of arts in educational administration from St. Thomas by completing the 30 licensure credits plus one three-credit class. Students who enter the program with a master's degree may obtain an education specialist degree through St. Thomas by taking two additional classes for a total of three credits.

For more information on admission to the program, visit its Web site at or contact outreach and graduate studies at 715/425-3843.


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