Act 31 book.For those individuals seeking initial licensure/certification, this workshop is designed to help you comply with the Act 31 legislation required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. This one-day seminar includes minority group relations demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of American Indian tribes and bands located in WI.

Seminar Sessions

Friday, January 19: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, January 20: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


UWM School of Continuing Education
161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 7000 (7th floor)
Milwaukee, WI 53203

This requirement only applies to those individuals seeking initial licensure or certification in the state of WI. Educational Studies as well as ITP students are exempt from this requirement. If you have satisfactorily completed American Indian Studies 203, History 263, Anthropology 213, English 276** or completed the ACT 31 Seminar, disregard this page.

All other students (Education Undergraduates, including art and dance majors) will be required to satisfy the ACT 31 criteria by completing courses identified within their programs. All music majors satisfy ACT 31 through their regular core courses. Please understand that this seminar does not substitute for your 3-credit non-western history requirement. It only satisfies ACT 31 and is posted on your record in your UWM advisor’s office. Please contact your advisor if you have any questions.

Priority will be given to UWM post-bac students who are completing in the current semester. Please indicate your status on your registration form so that we are aware of your urgency. This seminar carries no credit, but meets the Wisconsin certification requirement. Each seminar participant will receive a certificate at the end of the seminar. There will be a nominal fee of $125 per person to cover the cost of instruction, materials, and lunch. Pre-registration and payment required to attend.

For More Information

Ruth Russell, PhD
Outreach Manager & K-12 Professional Development
(414) 227-3138

 Please Note

  • This ACT 31 seminar was not designed for undergraduate students enrolled in teacher education programs. Students will meet the ACT 31 WI DPI requirements through their planned program of study. Students with questions should consult with their academic advisor.
  • This seminar will satisfy the Human Relations stipulation for those who have completed a comparable, approved educator preparation program in another state.
  • The only section of English 276 that will satisfy this requirement is that with the subtitle “History, Literature, and Sovereignty of Wisconsin Tribes.”