WiscAd is a DPI approved alternative route to administration certification program. Students who successfully complete this licensed based equivalency program will be eligible for one of the following Wisconsin administrator certifications:
- Director of Instruction
- Director of Special Education
- School Business Administrator
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Partnership and Dual Enrollment
EduCATE-WI partners with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota to offer graduate level courses. The WiscAd program meets the Wisconsin DPI administration certification requirements and the partnership with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota allows students to earn graduate credit and have access to financial aid. Official transcripts and financial aid disbursement are provided by Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Therefore, students need to apply to both the WiscAd program and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota to become dually enrolled.
Up to 12 graduate credits from the WiscAd program can be transferred to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Master's in Education with a Custom Specialization program.
Enrollment in the WiscAd Program is contingent upon the student's acceptance and admission at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
Timeline to Complete
The WiscAd program takes 12 months to complete. There are two semesters of coursework with a total of 6-weekend class meetings (3 weekends each semester) followed by one semester of practicum.
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 to allow access to students from anywhere in the state. These are typically held in the Stevens Point area. Sleeping rooms are not included in the program tuition.
New cohorts begin each January, May, and September. Application deadlines for each semester are December 1, April 1 and August 1 (respectively). See class schedule for upcoming cohort dates.
Semester I - EDWN 640 Leadership, Curriculum Development, and Supervision is a 3 credit blended course which meets face to face during sessions 1, 2, 3 on Fridays 6:30-9:30 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am-3:00 pm.
Semester II - EDWN 641 School District Operations and Leadership is a 3 credit blended course which meets face to face during sessions 4, 5, 6 on Fridays 6:30 - 9:30 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am -3:00 pm.
Semester III - EDWN 642-646 Practicum is a 3 credit administrative practicum experience. Students collaborate with a cooperating administrator who holds the certification the student is seeking.
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 Aid is available through our partnership with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. 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 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 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 is issued a check 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.
Program Fees (subject to change)
- Enrollment Fee = $500 - Required to secure enrollment.
- Semester I (EDWN 640/3 Credits)
- Payment of $3,400 due on the 15th of the month following the start of the first semester.
- Semester II (EDWN 641/3 Credits)
- Payment of $3,400 due on the 15th of the month following the start of the second semester.
- Semester III (EDWN 642-646/3 Credits)
- Payment of $3,000 due on the 15th of the month following the start of third semester.
- 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.
- There is an additional $4,000 cost to complete a second certification. Up to two certifications are allowed. This cost is divided between three semesters: Semester I = $500, Semester II = $500, Semester IV (second practicum) = $3,000.
In order to be admitted to the WiscAd Program, the following requirements must be met:
- A Cover Letter which describes your interest in the program.
- A Transcript that provides evidence that you have obtained a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree for those seeking certification in the areas of School Business Administrator, Director of Instruction, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, Principal 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. 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 must be sent by the University either through the mail or electronically through their parchment service to the WiscAd Program in order for you to be admitted to the program
GPA Waiver Request:Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 may be appealed if you have graduate work showing a higher GPA or other more recent evidence of likely success in the program. You will be required to provide a rationale during the application process.
- A resume that includes relevant work experience.
- Two letters of Recommendation from employers/supervisors who can provide evidence to support your qualifications as a potential program participant assists are required.
- Three years 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
- 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.
- A principal license if seeking the Superintendent certification.
- An Education Specialist Degree or Equivalency or a Doctoral Degree if seeking the Superintendent certification
- Students must be accepted at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota to be admitted to this program.
A 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 the administrative practicum.
By the end of the WiscAd program, those with certifications in School Business Administrator, Principal, Director of Instruction and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services must have a Master's Degree. Those with a Superintendent certification must have an Education Specialist Degree or equivalency.
Waiver of Admission Requirements
Only the following waivers of these requirements will be considered in response to your written request for a waiver.
- A GPA of less than 3.0 may be appealed if you have graduate work showing a higher GPA or other more recent evidence of likely success in the program.
- A 3.0 GPA is required upon completion of the program.