Project Teaching Program

Project Teaching is an alternative teacher certification program for persons with Bachelor's degrees who are seeking their initial teaching license.   You can choose a certification  in the following shortage areas: 

  • DPI License #
  • Subject Area
    (Click each to View Major Equivalency Document)
  • 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 member of a minority group currently underrepresented in the teaching workforce, or if the potential teacher is seeking certification in a shortage subject area. If a student is getting licensure in a shortage area, then additional licenses in non-shortage areas can be added.

**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

St. Mary's University Partnership and Dual Enrollment

eduCATE-WI partners with St. Mary's University of Minnesota (SMU) to offer graduate level courses. The Project Teaching program meets the Wisconsin DPI teacher certification requirements and our partnership with St. Mary's University allows students to earn graduate credit and to have access to financial aid.  Official transcripts and financial aid disbursement are provided by St. Mary's.

All 12 credits from the Project Teaching program can be transferred to St. Mary's University of Minnesota 32 credit Master of Arts in Education - Wisconsin program.

Enrollment in the Project Teaching Program is contingent upon the student's acceptance and admission at St. Mary's University of Minnesota. 

Timeline to Complete

The Project Teaching program includes four semesters and takes approximately 18 months to complete. Each of the three semesters of coursework is four months long. Students work online and attend 9-weekend sessions over 12 months.  During the last semester of the program, students are required to student teach and follow the school district calendar during that semester (Fall or Spring).  If students have additional coursework to take outside of the program in order to establish a major equivalency, it is recommended that be completed prior to enrolling in the Project Teaching Program.

Location of Classes

Courses are offered in a blended format which includes online and face-to-face components. The face-to-face portion of each semester is held at a centrally located college/hotel to allow access to students from anywhere in the state. These are typically held in the Stevens Point, WI area.  Sleeping rooms are not included in the program tuition.  

Program Structure

New cohorts begin each January, May, and September.  Application deadlines for each semester are December 1, April 1, and August 1 (respectively).  The semesters begin the first week of January, May, and September.   See the class schedule for upcoming cohort dates.

Students are required to complete a 30 hour pre-student teaching requirement during  Semesters I, II and III before they will be allowed to student teach during Semester IV.

Semester I -  EDWN 600 Individual Development and Effective Practice is a 3 credit blended course which meets face to face during Sessions I, 2, and 3 on Fridays 6:30 - 9:30 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

It is recommended that students complete 10 hours of pre-student teaching during Semester I.

Semester II - EDWN 602 Instructional Design and Learner Engagement is a 3 credit blended course which meets face to face during Sessions 4, 5, and 6 on Fridays 6:30 - 9:30 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am -3:00 pm.

It is recommended that students complete 10 hours of pre-student teaching during Semester II.

Semester III - EDWN 603 Teaching and Learning Practices is a 3 credit blended course which meets face to face during Sessions 7, 8, and 9 on Fridays 6:30 - 9:30 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am -3:00 pm.

It is recommended that the student complete 10 hours of the pre-student teaching requirement during Semester III. The  pre-student teaching must be completed by the end of Semester III.

Semester IV - EDWN 612 Student Teaching is a 3 credit practicum experience. 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 placement. Student teaching occurs during the school year only (Fall or Spring) and follows the district calendar. Students who are working under a 1-year license with stipulations, may student teach on the job (as long as the age level and subject area is the same as the age level and content area declared during admissions).

Application Deadline

The application deadlines are as follows:

January Start - Application deadline is December 1. All application materials AND enrollment fee MUST be received by that date or your program start date will be delayed until May.

May Start - Application deadline is April 1. All application materials AND enrollment fee MUST be received by that date or your program start will be delayed until September.

September Start - Application deadline is August 1. All application materials AND enrollment fee MUST be received by that date or your program start will be delayed until January.

Financial Information

Financial Aid is available through our partnership with St. Mary's University. As part of the Project Teaching online application process, students must complete an application to St. Mary's University. On that application, students will select that they choose to enroll in St. Mary's University of Minnesota Master of Arts Degree in Education - Wisconsin program if they wish to apply for financial aid.  A student may opt to complete the St. Mary's program at a later date. Students must complete an online FAFSA form and include the St. Mary's University Code 002380. When the financial aid is awarded from St. Mary's University, the student is issued a check directly from St. Mary's and must, in turn, pay eduCATE-WI for tuition in order to remain in good standing in the program. Tuition is due on time to eduCATE-WI regardless of financial aid status.

Program Fees   (Subject to Change without Notice)

  • Enrollment Fee = $500 (due approximately one month before the semester start date)
  • Semester I 
    • Payment plan: The semester I payment is  due in full on the 15th of the second month of the first semester(February, June, or October). The  total amount of the first semester payment is $3400.
  • Semester II
    • Payment plan: The semester II payment is  due in full on the 15th of the second month of the second semester(February, June, or October). The  total amount of the second semester payment is $3400.
  • Semester III
    • Payment plan: The semester III payment is  due in full on the 15th of the second month of the third semester(February, June, or October). The  total amount of the third semester payment is $3400.
  • Semester IV  (Student Teaching)
    • Payment plan: The semester IV payment is  due in full on the 15th of the second month of the fourth semester(February or October). The  total amount of the fourth semester payment is $2800.
  • A $150 administrative fee will be assessed for drops that occur before the first day of the semester. If the request to drop occurs after the first day of the semester occurs, no refund for that semester will be made.

Fees include 12 graduate credits from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota awarded upon successful completion of each semester & payment in full. St. Mary's will accept 12 graduate credits toward their 32 credit Master's Degree program.

Admissions Requirements

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

  1. Cover Letter which describes your interest in the program and becoming a teacher.
  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.  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.  An unofficial copy of your transcript may be uploaded during the admissions process, however, you will need to request that an official transcript, that includes the date your degree was conferred on,  be sent by the University either through the mail or electronically through their parchment service to the Project Teaching Program in order for you to be admitted to the program.                                                                     Requirement:  You must  demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and math by either having have a 2.5 GPA or higher on your bachelor's degree or an average of  C or better  in math and writing courses.
  3. A Resume. Include verification of a current DPI  license or permit as a teacher or a substitute teacher if you have one.  The license or substitute permit requirement may be appealed if you have worked or are working as an aide and hold the appropriate DPI license. Applicants who do not possess any pre -K-12 DPI teaching license will need to provide any evidence of 2 or more years of related child based experiences (Head Start, Certified Day Care, At-Risk tutoring, youth counseling, Juvenile Treatment facilities, or other youth-oriented vocation). A minimum of 2 years of educationally relevant experiences. (This can include the 6 months of Student Teaching through the program)
    License or Permit Exceptions: The two-year experience requirement may be appealed if you have spent at least two years on-the-job in your field of study.  Please include the job experience on your resume and on the online application.
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from employers/supervisors who can provide evidence to support your qualifications as a potential program participant are required.
  5. Students must be accepted at SMUMN to be admitted to this program. 

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.

How do I apply?

There is a two-step process to apply for the Project Teaching Program.  To apply, you must apply to both the Project Teaching Program and St. Mary's University.

Step One: Create an account and complete the online application for the Project Teaching program. (Apply Now for Project Teaching)

Step Two:  Complete the online application for St. Mary's University. (St. Mary's University online application)

When your application has been accepted by St. Mary's University (SMU), you will receive an email from SMU that will include your SMU Student ID number. This verifies to Project Teaching that you have been accepted at SMU.

You will NOT need to register for courses through SMU - you will be automatically registered upon successful submission of your Project Teaching application.

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