WiscAd Program

Administrator Certification Program 
 
 
The WiscAd program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to provide  administrator certifications in the following areas. 
  • Principal
  • Director of Instruction
  • Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
  • School Business Administrator
  • Superintendent 

The WiscAd Program 

Who is eligible for the WiscAd Program? 
The WiscAd Program is for individuals who have at least three years of teaching experience and want to get a Wisconsin  administrator license. A master's degree is required to be eligible for licensure as an administrator in Wisconsin. Individuals seeking a superintendent license must have a principal license.  For individuals who are seeking a  school business administrator certification and do not have previous teaching experience, additional coursework is required. 
 
What license will I have upon completion of the program? 
WiscAd Program completers are eligible for one or more of the following Wisconsin DPI licenses:  Principal #51, Director of Instruction #10, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services #80, School Business Administrator #08, and/or Superintendent #03. 
 
How long does it take to complete the program? 
The WiscAd Program is comprised of three semesters and takes approximately twelve months to complete. Each of the first two semesters of coursework is four months long. Students participate in weekly discussions with the instructor and cohort members. There are approximately six-one hour Zoom meetings throughout the first two semesters. The third and final semester is the administrator practicum experience. There are no weekly discussions or class meetings during the practicum semester.
 
Where are classes offered? 
Our programs are designed for full-time professionals who have a demanding schedule and family commitments. The WiscAd Program is taught online via the Educate-WI website and 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 WiscAd Program is a cohort model, which means students stay with the same instructor and same classmates throughout their program experience. This allows our WiscAd students to join a network of colleagues that they can stay in touch with long after the program and enjoy learning from others' perspectives, much like a department team. 
 
Who teaches the WiscAd Program cohorts? 
All of our WiscAd instructors are experienced  administrators in Wisconsin school districts. Students learn from leaders who are actively involved in teaching and learning in our schools which keeps the WiscAd curriculum current, relevant, and practical. Students have numerous opportunities to reflect and respond to real world scenarios led by instructors. 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 WiscAd Program experience. The WiscAd instructors also serve as the practicum supervisor during the practicum semester(s).
 
How is the program structured? 
The Online WiscAd Program courses are taken in sequential order. Students must demonstrate proficiency during each semester to progress to the next semester. 
 
Semester I 

EDWN 640: Leadership, Curriculum Development, and Supervision is a three  credit online course. The course consists of weekly asynchronous discussions and three 1- hour zoom sessions throughout the semester. Students also begin working on limited practicum experiences to get a year-round administrator experience.

Semester II 
EDWN 641: School District Operations and Leadership is a three  credit online course. The course consists of weekly asynchronous discussions and three 1-hour zoom sessions throughout the semester.  Students work on limited practicum experiences to get a year-round administrator experience.
 
Practicum I 
EDWN 642-646: Practicum I is a  three credit administrative practicum experience. Students collaborate with a cooperating administrator to engage in  authentic leadership experience, upload artifacts to their portfolio and conference with their cooperating administrator and supervisor throughout the semester. 
 
Practicum II**
EDWN 642-646: Practicum II is a three  credit administrative practicum experience. Students collaborate with a cooperating administrator to engage in  authentic leadership experience, upload artifacts to their portfolio and conference with their cooperating administrator and supervisor throughout the semester.
**This practicum is optional for those seeking two administrator licenses.
 
Can students complete more than one certification?

Students can complete up to two certification areas in one cohort. The program includes a practicum experience for the second certification. 

 

When can I start?
Online cohorts begin every January, May, and September! Application deadlines for each semester are December 1, April 1, and August  1 (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 WiscAd 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. 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
Practicum I               $ 3,400       Tuition due on/before the 15th of the first month of Practicum I
Practicum II**         $ 3,400       Tuition due on/before the 15th of the first month of Practicum II
*Subject to change without notice. 
**Practicum II is optional for those students seeking two administrator certifications.
 
For students seeking two Wisconsin administrator certifications, there is an additional $500 fee for both Semester I and Semester II.
 
Will I earn graduate credits? 
Educate-WI students earn 9 graduate credits throughout the WiscAd 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 WiscAd Program admissions requirements are:
  1.  A  cover letter that describes your interest in the program and becoming an administrator. 
  2. An  officiatranscript that provides evidence that you hold a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree for those seeking certification in the areas of Principal, Director of Instruction, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, School Business Administrator, and Superintendent: and a Doctorate or Education Specialist Degree/Education Specialist Degree Equivalency for those seeking a Superintendent certification. Students must have obtained a 3.0 GPA. The student must  request that an official transcript, which includes degree the  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. resume that includes relevant work experience. 
  4. Two letters of recommendation from employers/supervisors who can provide evidence to support your qualifications as a graduate student are required.
  5. Three years of teaching experience verification and a copy of your educational license (link to verification form) for those seeking certification in the following areas: School Business Administrator (if a license is held, if not, see below), Director of Instruction, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, Principal or Superintendent
  6. A Master's Degree is required for an administrator license in Wisconsin.
  7. Evidence of a workshop in the areas of Minority Group Relations and Conflict Resolution for those seeking licensure as School Business Administrators who do not hold a teaching license. These workshops are offered through our EdNova program.
  8. A principal license if seeking the Superintendent certification.
  9. An Education Specialist Degree or Equivalency or a Doctoral Degree if seeking the Superintendent certification
  10. Students must be accepted at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota to be admitted to this program. 
  11.  Criminal  background checks with no conviction or plea bargain for crimes that may impact school children and/or the maintenance of a safe and healthy school. The first criminal background check 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 practicum. The criminal background check is part of the online application process.
 

 

The WiscAd Add-On Program

The WiscAd Add-On Program is for those with a current administrator license that was obtained through the WiscAd Program no earlier than January 1, 2017. If you have a Wisconsin administrator license from a program other than WiscAd or through WiscAd but were enrolled prior to January 1, 2017, you are eligible for the 3-semester WiscAd Program. 

How long does the WiscAd Add-On Program take? 
The WiscAd Add-On Program must be completed in two semesters. It includes  self-paced online research papers and practicum experience. 
 
Where are classes offered? 
The self-paced WiscAd Add-On Program is online. Students must conduct independent research to complete the assignments within the timeframe described below. The practicum experience can take place in the district the student chooses. 
 
How is the program structured? 
The program consists of two semesters. During the online semester, students independently conduct online research to write 9 papers that specifically address the added administration certification area. During the second semester, students are required to conduct their practicum semester for 16 weeks. 
 
When can I start? 
The program starts every January, May and September.
 
Is financial aid available ?
Financial aid is available for the practicum semester during the WiscAd Add-On Program. Financial aid is not available for the independent online coursework. 
 
What is the cost?
Enrollment                      $    250.00         *Non-refundable
Add-On Course           $1,000.00          Per additional certification area 
Practicum                         $3,400.00          Per semester 
 
Is the program offered for graduate credit? 
The practicum semester is offered for graduate credit through St. Mary's University of Minnesota (SMUMN). 
 
What are the admissions requirements? 
The WiscAd Add-On Program admissions requirements are:
  1.  Already have a current administrator license  that was obtained through the WiscAd Program after January 1, 2017.
  2. A  cover letter which describes your interest in the program.
  3. Officiatranscripts that provides evidence that you hold a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree for those seeking certification in the areas of Principal, Director of Instruction, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, School Business Administrator, and Superintendent: and a Doctorate or Education Specialist Degree/Education Specialist Degree Equivalency for those seeking a Superintendent certification. Students must have obtained a 3.0 GPA. 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. resume that includes relevant work experience. 
  5. Two letters of recommendation from employers/supervisors who can provide evidence to support your qualifications as a graduate student are required.
  6. A principal license if seeking the Superintendent certification.
  7. An Education Specialist Degree or Equivalency or a Doctoral Degree if seeking the Superintendent certification
  8.  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. 

Apply to the WiscAd Program! 

 

100%
Placement Rate
18
Months to Complete the Program
3
Start Dates Throughout the Year
3
Semesters to Licensure!