Project Teaching Program

 
 
General Education Teacher Certification

The Project Teaching Program is approved by the  Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)  to provide both initial and additional  teacher licenses in 18 general education subject areas! The Project Teaching Program offers two different pathways to obtain your general education teaching license depending on your current teaching license status.

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The Project Teaching  Program 

Who is eligible for the Project Teaching Program?
The Project Teaching Program is for anyone who already has a bachelor's degree and wants to get an initial  teaching license  or  for those who already have a teaching license  and want to  add a general education teaching license. Your transcripts will be reviewed to determine if you have met the course and credit requirements for a major equivalency in the  subject area you are seeking licensure for.
 
Paraprofessionals and substitute teachers who have a bachelor's degree and those on a  Tier 1 license with stipulations are strongly encouraged to apply!
 
What license will I have upon completing the program?
Project Teaching Program completers  are eligible for one of the following Wisconsin teacher certifications.:
DPI License # Subject Area
(Click each to View Major Equivalency Document)
 Grade Levels
1200 Agriculture K-12
1210 Family and Consumer Education K-12
1220 Tech Education K-12
1250 Business Education K-12
1285 Marketing Education K-12
1348 American Sign Language K-12
1355 French K-12
1365 Spanish K-12
1395 English  as a Second Language K-12
1400 Mathematics 4-12
1405 Computer Science 4-12
2500 Music K-12
1530 Physical Education K-12
1550 Art K-12
1910 Health K-12
2300 English Language Arts 4-12
2600 Science 4-12
2700 Social Studies 4-12

 

How long does it take to go through the program?
The Project Teaching Program is comprised of three  semesters and takes approximately 12 months to complete. Each of the first two semesters of coursework is four months long. Students attend eight weekend Zoom sessions over eight 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). There are no class meetings during the student teaching semester.
 
Where are classes offered?
Our programs are designed for full-time professionals who have a demanding schedule and family commitments. The Project Teaching Program is taught online via Zoom, so students can learn from the convenience of their home while still interfacing with the instructor and cohort classmates on a regular schedule. Our online program allows students to learn flexibly and collaboratively without the cost and time needed for travel!
 
Why is a cohort model important?
The Project Teaching Program is a cohort model, which means students stay with the same instructor and the same classmates throughout their program experience. This allows our Project Teaching students to join a network of colleagues that they can stay in touch with long after their program is completed. Students apply the topics learned throughout the program and enjoy learning from others' perspectives - much like a department team!
 
Who teaches the Project Teaching Program cohorts?
All of our Project Teaching Program instructors are experienced and currently practicing administrators in Wisconsin school districts.  Students learn from leaders who are actively involved in teaching and learning in our  schools which keeps the  Project Teaching  curriculum  current, relevant, and practical. Our instructors offer an online environment that is supportive and caring to all students learning needs. Academic advisement is personalized to help students make the most of their Project Teaching Program experience.
 
How is the program structured?

The Online Project Teaching Program courses are taken in sequential order. Students must demonstrate proficiency during each semester to progress to the next semester. 

Semester I
EDWN 600: Individual Development and Effective Practice  is a 3 credit blended course which meets face to face during Sessions 1, 2, 3, and 4 on Fridays 6:00 - 9:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am - 11:30 am. Class meets asynchronously for weekly online discussions during the remaining twelve weeks of the semester.
 
Semester II
 EDWN 603: Teaching and Learning Practices a 3 credit blended course which meets face to face during Sessions  5, 6, 7,  and 8  are on  Fridays 6:00 - 9:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am - 11:30 am. Class meets asynchronously for weekly online discussions during the remaining twelve weeks of the semester.
 
*Students are required to complete pre-student teaching requirements during Semester I or II before being eligible to student teach during semester III.
 
Semester III

EDWN 612B: 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 student's priority order to set up the placement. Student teaching occurs during the school year only (Fall or Spring) and follows the school district calendar. Students who are working under a 1-year license with stipulations, may student teach on the job!

Which tests are required?
Content Knowledge Proficiency   Educate-WI carefully reviews student transcripts to determine if the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0  in language arts, math, science, and social studies has been met. If not, the student will need to pass the Praxis II.
 
When can I start?

Online cohorts begin every January, May, and September! Application deadlines for each semester are December 10, April 10, and August  10 (respectively). All  application information must be completed and the enrollment fee paid by the application deadline date. See  Cohort Schedule  for detail on specific dates.

Is financial aid available?
Financial Aid is available through our partnership with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (SMUMN). As part of the Project Teaching online application process, students must complete an application to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. On that application, students will select that they choose to enroll in Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Master of Arts in Education with a Custom Specialization Program if they wish to apply for financial aid.  A student may opt to complete the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Master's program at a later date. Students must complete an online FAFSA form and include the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Code 002380.
 
When the financial aid is awarded from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, the student receives the award  directly from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota 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.
 
What is the cost?
Enrollment                $     500       Non-refundable
Semester I                   $ 3,400      Tuition due on/before  the 15th of the first month of  Semester I
Semester II                 $ 3,400      Tuition due on/before  the 15th of the first month of Semester II
Semester III                $ 3,400      Tuition due on/before the 15th of the first month of Semester III
*Subject to change without notice.
 
Will I earn graduate credits?

Educate-WI students earn 9  graduate credits throughout the Project Teaching Program and can request an official transcript from SMUMN. The credits earned through Educate-WI courses can be transferred to the 30 credit  SMUMN M.A. with Custom Specialization Degree.

Graduate credits are recognized by some districts for salary advancement!

What are the admissions requirements?
The Project Teaching Program admissions requirements are:
  1.  A  cover letter which describes your interest in the program and becoming a teacher.
  2. An officiatranscript 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.                                                        The student must  request that an official transcript, that includes degree  conferred date be sent by  the university either through the mail or electronically through their parchment service to Educate-WI  to be admitted to the program. 
  3. A resume that includes pertinent education and experience.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from employers/supervisors who can provide evidence to support your qualifications as a graduate student are required.
  5. Acceptance at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota  to be admitted to the Project Teaching Program. 
  6.  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. The criminal background check is part of the online application process.
How do I Apply?
Create an Educate-WI  account  and complete the online application for the Project Teaching Program by clicking the orange link below.
 
 
When your application has been accepted by Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (SMUMN), you will receive an email from SMUMN that will include your SMUMN  ID number. The SMUMN Student ID number verifies  you have been accepted at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. You will NOT need to register for courses through Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - you will be automatically registered upon successful submission of your Project Teaching application.

The  Project Teaching Add-On Program 

The Project Teaching Add-On Program is for those  who already hold a teaching license and want to add any of our 18 subject areas!
 
How long does the program take?
The program can easily be completed in less than a semester. Refer to the timeline table below.
 
Where are classes offered?
The self-paced Project Teaching Program Add-On course is online. Students must conduct independent research to complete the assignments within the timeframe described below. The student teaching experience can take place in the district the student chooses.
 
How is the program structured?
The Project Teaching Add-On Program consists of one online course and a student teaching experience. Students must demonstrate proficiency during  student teaching in the certification area they are seeking as observed by their cooperating teacher and Educate-WI supervisor. Both evaluations can be conducted during the same lesson. The lesson must be taught within the timeframe described below.
 
Which  tests are required?
 
When can I start?
Students can begin the Project Teaching Add-On Program on six different dates throughout the year. Please refer to the table below to see the coursework and student teaching timelines for each start date.
 
Start 
Date
Coursework
Deadline
Student 
Teaching 
Start
Student
Teaching 
Deadline
Jan 5 Feb 10 Mar 5 Jun 5
Mar 5 Apr 10 May 5 Jun 5
May 5 Jun 10 Sept 5 Nov 5
Jul 5 Aug 10 Sept 5 Nov 5
Sept 5 Oct 10 Nov 5 Jan 5
Nov 5 Dec 10 Jan 5 Mar 5
Is Financial Aid Available?
The Project Teaching Add-On Program is offered for no graduate credit, therefore, students in this program are not eligible for financial aid.
 
What is the cost?
Enrollment                      $    250.00         *Non-refundable
Add-On Course           $1,000.00         Assignments must be completed per coursework deadline
Student Teaching      $3,400.00         Evaluations must be completed per student teaching                                                                                                         deadline
 
Is the program offered for graduate credit?
              The Project Teaching Add-On Program is not offered for graduate credit.
 
What are the admissions requirements?
The Project Teaching Add- On Program admissions requirements are:
  1.  Already have a teaching license.
  2. cover letter which describes your interest in the program and becoming a teacher.
  3. An official 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.  The student must  request that an official transcript, that includes degree  conferred date be sent by  the university either through the mail or electronically through their parchment service to Educate-WI  to be admitted to the program. 
  4. A resume that includes pertinent education and experience.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from employers/supervisors who can provide evidence to support your qualifications as a graduate student are required.
  6.  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 criminal background checks will be conducted upon completion of the application process and prior to the first class meeting. A second background check will be required if student teaching is not completed within one year of the first background check.

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Placement rate
18
DPI Approved Subject Areas
12
Months to Complete
3
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