Education Resource Center

The Education Resource Center’s purpose is to provide academic and testing support for students. Located in Enderis Hall, Room 290, the ERC offers workshops and tutoring services as well as a place to participate in self-guided study. There are no fees for these services. Our center takes appointments and walk-ins.

Kristine Lize, PhD serves as the Director for the Education Resource Center. She oversees operation of the Education Resource Center and focuses on helping students prepare for academic coursework and assessment related to teaching. She also collaborates with students interested in obtaining a K-5, special education, or reading teacher license to pass the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT), through course instruction, tutoring sessions, and oversight of programmatic data.

Her teaching experiences include teaching high school English and journalism, working with students as a reading specialist, and serving as a secondary literacy coach overseeing district 6-12 literacy. In addition, Dr. Lize has helped prepare pre-service teachers to embed literacy instruction in both the elementary classroom as well as across the disciplines at the secondary level. She has taught graduate level courses for in-service teachers to obtain reading teacher and reading specialist licenses and advised students as they wrote their masters’ theses.

She received her B.A. in English language and literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in reading from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her PhD in Language and Literacy from Cardinal Stritch University. Her research interests include disciplinary literacy and literacy assessment.

Spring 2018 Hours (Starting January 22, 2017)

Hours listed indicate in person or online tutoring availability.

Please note the computers and study space available in the ERC (END room 290) are available Monday – Friday during building hours, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Students interested in gaining access to the ERC outside of staffed hours are able to do so be checking in at the Office of Student Services main desk (END room 209).

Tuesday9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday8:15 am - 3:45 pm*

*Thursday hours online and by appointment. Please email to schedule an appointment.

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Enderis Hall, Room 290
2400 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI. 53201-0413

Phone: (414) 229-3326

Praxis Core Information

Praxis Core Overview
PRAXIS Core Preparation Materials
Waiver Eligibility
  • All four conditions must be met and documented by the applicant in the attached Praxis Core Waiver Request Form to be considered for a waiver. To request a waiver, the applicant must establish that:
    • All other program admissions requirements have been met.
    • Two of the three PRAXIS CORE subtests have been passed.
    • The failed subtest has been taken at least twice.
    • There is convincing, alternative evidence available to support ones basic skill competency in the failed subtest area (e.g., success in recent, related coursework; passing scores or sufficiently high scores on standardized tests such as placement tests, ACT, SAT, Praxis Subject Assessment, GRE). This evidence (as noted by the applicant on the PRAXIS CORE Waiver Request Form) will be reviewed by the appropriate program faculty committee. Acceptance of this alternative evidence requires an approval signature on the PRAXIS CORE Waiver Request Form by the committee chairperson. Approval is by no means automatic.
  • If an applicant is believed to have met these four conditions, complete and submit the UWM Core Tests Exemption Request Form (PDF) to your academic advisor.

Praxis Subject Assessment Information

Praxis Subject Assessment Overview
Praxis Subject Assessment Preparation Materials

Current UWM students may enroll in our Praxis Subject Assessment D2L ongoing course module for access to practice questions and content area reviews that will assist preparation for following Praxis Subject Assessment exams:

  • Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
  • English Language Arts: Content Knowledge
  • General Science: Content Knowledge
  • Mathematics: Content Knowledge
  • Middle School: Content Knowledge
  • Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Please contact the ERC to enroll.

Praxis PLATO Learning Environment

Praxis PLATO Learning Environment Overview
The Praxis PLATO Learning Environment (PLE) is a web-based instructional support and test preparation online program offering assessment and lessons directly related to the Praxis Core and Praxis Subject Assessment exams. With a variety of practice tests, instructional supplements, and thorough assessments of progress and performance, the PLE will serve as an exceptional study companion for your specific Praxis preparation needs.
Praxis Lessons Offered
  • Praxis Core Mathematics
  • Praxis Core Reading
  • Praxis Core Writing
  • Praxis Subject Assessment: Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
  • Praxis Subject Assessment: Middle School: Content Knowledge
  • Praxis Subject Assessment: Social Studies: Content Knowledge
  • Praxis Subject Assessment: General Science: Content Knowledge
  • Praxis Subject Assessment: Mathematics: Content Knowledge
  • Praxis Subject Assessment: English Language, Literature Composition: Content Knowledge
  • Praxis Subject Assessment: Art: Content Knowledge
Log-In Instructions
Use the PLATO Learning Environment Log-in Registration for Self-Enrollment Instructional Manual (PDF) to register and begin the self-guided courses.

NOTE: Registration for each Praxis course requires a Class ID and password. Please contact the ERC to get this information.

Learning Express Library

Learning Express Overview
Learning Express Library is a collection of web-based test preparation tools and skill-building materials. The Learning Centers offers Praxis Core and Praxis Subject Assessment practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, and e-books for learners of all ages to improve test preparation and test-taking skills. This resource is licensed by BadgerLink/Department of Public Instruction for use by all Wisconsin residents.
Learning Express Lessons
  • Praxis Core: Reading
  • Praxis Core: Writing
  • Praxis Core: Math
  • Praxis Subject Assessment: Mathematics Content Knowledge
  • Praxis Subject Assessment: Middle School Content Knowledge
  • Praxis Subject Assessment: Elementary Education Content Knowledge
Registration Instructions

Read & Write Gold

Read & Write Gold Overview
Read & Write Gold is a downloadable software that helps readers, writers, and English Language Learners access the support tools they need for research, studying, reading, and writing. Read & Write ensures every learner has the tools necessary to reach their potential, build confidence and independence, and succeed.

Read & Write Gold software makes the web, documents and files more accessible – any time, any place, and on any platform or device. From reading on-screen text aloud to researching and checking written work, Read & Write Gold makes lots of everyday tasks easier. It’s a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little extra help with their reading and writing.

Read & Write Features
Download Instructions

General Information for Praxis Tests

Important: Praxis Tests Price Increases
  • Exam fees for Praxis Core and Praxis Subject Assessment exams will increase starting June 1, 2015.
  • The fee increases range between $5 and $10 depending on the exam. ETS still offers a discounted rate for candidates registering to take the combined test offering for the Core Academic Skills for Educators (5751).
  • More information and specific test pricing can be found on the ETS Praxis Series website.
Praxis Computer-Based Testing Experience
Learn how to navigate through a Praxis test and how to answer different types of questions with this ETS Praxis Testing Demonstration interactive video (Flash required).
Praxis Calendar and ETS Prometric Test Center Location
  • ETS Praxis Tests Dates
  • ETS Prometric Test Center
    19435 W. Capitol Dr.
    Brookfield, WI 53045
  • Directions from UWM:
    • Head north on N. Maryland Ave.
    • Turn left onto Capitol Dr.
    • Turn left onto Mitchell Park Dr. and enter the industrial park (on left)
    • 19435 W. Capitol Dr. Brookfield, WI 53045
Important Information Regarding Test Accommodations
Non-native English speakers and individuals with documented disabilities may be eligible for special test-taking accommodations. For more information, consult the ETS websites for Disability and Health-related Needs and Other Accommodations.
Test Retake Policy
  • If you feel you did not perform to your potential, you may retake a Praxis test once every 21 days, not including your initial test date.
    • Note: If you take a combined test, such as the Praxis Core combined test, you cannot take a subtest until after the 21-day period.
  • This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously. If you violate this restriction, the scores from your retest will not be reported and your test fees will not be refunded.

EdTPA Information

What Is It?
The edTPA is a pre-service teacher performance assessment. To complete the edTPA, candidates:

  • choose a learning segment of 3-5 lessons in one class
  • collect artifacts (lesson plans, instructional materials, teaching videos, assessments, and sample student work)
  • write commentaries in response to prompts in the subject-specific edTPA handbook
  • submit their artifacts and commentaries for professional scoring

Scorers rate candidate performance in planning, instruction, and assessment using rubrics in the edTPA handbooks.

When Does It Get Implemented?
Implementation has already begun. Student teacher candidates from Wisconsin educator preparation programs are already completing an edTPA as a licensure requirement. The official score results are continuously used for preparation programs and school districts to make valuable decisions about program planning and development.

Students completing Programs between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016 must complete edTPA.

Students completing Programs and applying for initial certification in Wisconsin on or after September 1, 2016, will be required to complete and pass the edTPA. Passing scores will be determined in Summer of 2016.

Preparation Materials
Available on Computers

  • Handbrake (compression software)
  • Movie Maker (editing software)
  • Filmora (visual effects software)

Available for a 5-day check-out

  • Tripods
  • Tripod stands for Smartphones
  • Cameras

Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT)

Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) Information
Information can be found on the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) webpage.