edCert Program

edCert is a Wisconsin DPI approved alternate route to add a certification to your existing  general education, special education, and administrator licenses.

To qualify for the edCert program, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • If seeking an additional general education license in a shortage area, you  must have a WI teaching license AND  have the credits and courses required in the subject area you are seeking licensure for to establish a Major Equivalency. If you do  not already have a WI teaching license, then you are not eligible for edCert, however, you are eligible for the Project Teaching Program.
  • If seeking an additional special education license, you must have a WI special education teaching license. If you do not have a WI special education teaching license,  then you are not eligible for edCert, however, you are eligible the 10 Sped Program (semester requirements are based on your license status) 
  • If seeking an additional administrator license, you must have earned your previous administrator license through the WiscAd program  and started the program no earlier than September 2016. If you do not have a Wisconsin administrator license, or have a license from a program other than WiscAd or through WiscAd but were enrolled prior to September 2016, then you are not eligible for edCert, however, you are eligible for the WiscAd program.

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 teaching under an emergency license or if the potential teacher belongs to a minority group currently underrepresented in the teaching workforce. If a student is getting licensure in a shortage area, then additional licenses 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, ESL, 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 a candidate already holds a special education license, any of the following certification areas can be added:

  • 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 5-8 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.

If the FORT is required for the add on of a Special Education certification, the student would also participate in a semester of blended coursework. This consists of mostly online work, but also includes three face to face meetings on Friday nights and Saturday mornings in Stevens Point, WI.

 

 Start Date                                                                               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 a start date  and a coursework deadline.  If payment is not received by the start date,  then the student has to  wait until the next start dated.   If the coursework is not submitted by the deadline  a failing grade will be issued.

Location of Classes

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

Program Structure

Applications are accepted year-round, however,  students may only start on the start dates are listed above.The program must be completed within two semesters.

The program consists of coursework and student teaching. All coursework must be successfully completed before the student teaching placement can begin. Students are issued a Pass/Fail and no credits are available.  

*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.

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. (Administrative Practicum semester is 3-credits)

Program Fees (Subject to change without notice)

  • Online, independent workshop - $750/per certification area for Regular Education and Special Education add on certifications
  • Online, independent workshop - $1000/per certification area for Administrative add on certifications
  • Student Teaching/Practicum  - $2,800/per quarter
  • Withdrawal before completing requirements is $150.00

(If required) The FORT semester EDWN 606 - $3400.00 (3 credits)

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;  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. An Education Specialists Degree or Doctorate and a Principal license for those adding the Superintendent certification.  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.
  4. 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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