The WiscAd Practicum provides administration candidates an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency on the Eleven Wisconsin Administrative Standards while collaborating with a team including a Cooperating Administrator from a local school district and an eduCATE-WI Supervisor/Instructor. The administrative candidate will complete 120 practicum hours (40 of which can be completed during Semester I and II). The administrative candidate is actively involved in the roles and responsibilities of their certification area as defined on their WPP-WiscAd Portfolio Plan.
The candidate requests a cooperating administrator either from their own district or another district. The candidate develops their WPP and submits the plan with the cooperating administrator's information to the Placement Coordinator. The eduCATE-WI office completes the necessary correspondence to finalize the practicum process and assign an eduCATE-WI supervisor.
While doing practicum hours, the candidate will identify artifacts that demonstrate their proficiency of the Wisconsin Administrative Standards and develop a portfolio to document their learning. The Cooperating Administrator will complete two evaluations/reviews of the portfolio, and the eduCATE-WI Supervisor/Instructor will conduct two evaluations/portfolio reviews. The candidate must receive a minimum of 3 on each standard as defined by the WiscAd evaluation rubric. Ongoing discussions with the Cooperating Administrator and eduCATE-WI Supervisor provide an opportunity to ask questions, discuss challenges and share experiences
The practicum is completed during a semester and candidates can apply for up to two certifications during the practicum process. If the candidate seeks two certifications, s/he must complete two portfolios and 240 total hours.