WiscAd is a Department of Public Instruction-approved 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 and Pupil Services
- School Business Administrator
- 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 January 1, 2017. 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 January 1, 2017, then you are not eligible for the additional license program, however, you are eligible for the 3-semester WiscAd program.
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 initial administrator WiscAd program can be transferred to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Master's in Education with a Custom Specialization program.
Up to 3 credits from the additional administrator licensed Project Teaching program can be transferred to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's 30-credit Master of Arts 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 - Initial WiscAd Certification Program
The WiscAd program takes 12 months to complete. There are two semesters of coursework followed by one semester of practicum.
Timeline To Complete - Additional WiscAd Certification Program
The additional licensure program includes a self-paced online workshop and a practicum experience. During the online workshop, students independently conduct online research to write 9 papers that specifically address the added administration certification area. During the second portion, students are required to conduct their practicum semester for 16 weeks.
Location of Classes - Initial WiscAd Certification Program
Coursework is online. The practicum requirement takes place in a district of your choice.
Location of Classes - Additional WiscAd Certification Program
Coursework is online. The practicum requirement takes place in a district of your choice.
Program Structure - Initial WiscAd Certification Program
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 online course.
Semester II - EDWN 641 School District Operations and Leadership is a 3 credit online course.
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.
Program Structure - Additional WiscAd Certification Program
Applications are accepted year-round; however, students may only start on the start dates are listed on the application. The program must be completed within two semesters.
The program consists of coursework and a practicum experience. All coursework must be successfully completed before the practicum semester can begin.
The practicum semester occurs during the fall, spring, or summer semester and follows the Saint Mary's University of MN graduate calendar (16 weeks).
Financial aid is available for the practicum semester during the additional WiscAd certification program.
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 for our initial administrative licensure program 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.
For the additional certification program, financial aid is offered for the practicum semester in the program. Financial aid is not offered for the coursework portion in the program.
Program Fees (subject to change)
Initial WiscAd Certification Program:
- Enrollment Fee = $500 - Due one month prior to the semester start (non-refundable)
- Semester I (EDWN 640/3 Credits)
- Payment of $3,400 due in full on/before the 15th of the first month of Semester I.
- Semester II (EDWN 641/3 Credits)
- Payment of $3,400 due in full on/before the 15th of the first month of Semester II.
- Semester III (EDWN 642-646/3 Credits)
- Payment of $3,400 due in full on/before the 15th of the first month of Semester III.
- There is an additional $4,400 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) = $3,400.
Additional WiscAd Certification Program:
- Enrollment Fee - $250 (non-refundable)
- Online, independent workshop - $1,000/per certification area for administrative add-on certifications
- Practicum - $3,400/per semester
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 current 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.