EdCert Program

EdCert is a Wisconsin DPI approved alternate route to add a certification to your general education and special education licenses. 

General Education Certification Areas

  • License #
  • Subject
  • Age Levels
  • Major/Minor/Conc
  • 1355
  • French
  • EC-A
  • Major/Minor**
  • 1370
  • German
  • EC-A
  • Major/ Minor**
  • 1380
  • Polish
  • EC-A
  • Major/Minor**
  • 1550
  • Art
  • EC-A
  • Major only
  • 1605
  • Biology
  • EA-A
  • Major/Minor/Conc
  • 1625
  • Physics
  • EA-A
  • Major/Minor/Conc

 

The areas with an asterisk* next to them are non-shortage areas.

*Non-shortage certification areas are allowed if you are teaching under an emergency license or if the potential teacher is a minority group currently underrepresented in the teaching workforce. If a student is getting licensure in a shortage area, then additional licensures in non-shortage areas can be added as long as they are on the list above.

**Minor (in world languages subjects) is allowed if there is a major in English, ELS, or another world language.

Major = 34-54 cr/EA-A subject area; Minor = 22 cr/EA-A area; Concentration = 9 cr/Social Studies or 15 credits/Science

Special Education Certification Areas:

If you already hold a special education license, you may add another of the following certification areas to it:

  • Early Childhood Special Education (ages 0-8) and/or
  • Cross-Categorical Special Education (ages 6-13, ages 10-12, or both ages 6-21)
  • Add a concentration in EBD, LD, or ID as a licensure area to your existing license

Timeline To Complete

The EdCert Program includes a self-paced online workshop and a student teaching experience. During the online workshop students independently conduct online research to write 6-8 papers that specifically address the certification area. During the second portion, students are required to student teach for 9 weeks. Additional tests and/or outside coursework may be required for teaching certifications.

Application/Payment Deadline                    Coursework Deadline                       Student Teaching Quarter

      January 1st                                                                       February 15th                                                    4th quarter

 

      March 1st                                                                              April 15th                                                             1st quarter

 

        May 1st                                                                                  June 15th                                                              1st quarter

 

        July 1st                                                                                 August 15th                                                        1st quarter

 

       September 1st                                                                 October 15th                                                     2nd quarter

 

       November 1st                                                                 December 15th                                                3rd quarter

 

The EdCert students have an application/payment deadline and a coursework deadline.  If they do not meet the application/payment deadline they will have to wait until the beginning of the next application/payment deadline to begin the program.  If they miss their coursework deadline or decide they will not be able to finish and would like to move to the next deadline, they will have to pay another $750 coursework payment.

Location of Classes

Coursework is online. The student teaching experience takes place in a district of your choice.

Program Structure

Applications are accepted year-round. The program must be completed within two semesters.

First component/self-paced - Online independent workshop - 0 credit *Additional tests may be required. General education teaching certifications may also require additional coursework to be taken from an accredited technical college or university if a major equivalency has not been established.

Second component - Student Teaching - 0 credit

Student Teaching - Students choose up to 3 school districts where the student teaching will take place and our placement coordinator works with the districts in priority order to set up the 9-week placement. Student Teaching occurs during the school year only (Fall and Spring) and follows the district calendar. Students who are working under an emergency license, may student teach on the job (as long as the age level and subject area is the same as the certification area).

 

Financial Information

EdCert is offered for no credit, so no financial aid is available.

Fees (Subject to change without notice)

  • Online, independent workshop - $750/per certification area
  • Student Teaching  - $2,200/per quarter
  • Withdrawal before completing requirements is $150.00

Admissions Requirements

In order to be admitted to the EdCert Program, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Cover Letter which describes your interest in adding a certification to your license
  2. Transcript that provides evidence that you hold a Bachelor's Degree (BA/BS), Juris Doctor Degree (JD), Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) or Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS) from an accredited college: or university or a foreign credential evaluation that verifies the equivalent to a BA/BS in the U.S.  for those adding a teaching certification; a Master's Degree for those adding administrative certifications (except Superintendent); and an Education Specialists Degree for those adding the Superintendent certification. Students must also have a principal certification to be certified as a Superintendent.   Transcripts from countries other than the United States must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards.
  3. A Resume that includes verification of a current DPI  license or permit  

Criminal Background Check with no conviction or plea-bargain for crimes which may impact school children and/or the maintenance of a safe and healthy school. The first criminal background checks will be conducted upon completion of the application process and prior to the first class meeting. The second criminal background check is conducted prior to student teaching.

 

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