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Wisconsin Alternative Certification Programs

If you’re looking to become a teacher in Wisconsin but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, there are several options available in the state that will allow you to become a certified teacher in a short amount of time. Here is a look at what the programs are all about and what you need to know to apply.

Program Name: Alternative Route Pathway

Program Mission and Overview

The Alternative Route Pathway offers prospective teachers the opportunity to meet specific requirements and take coursework to become a certified teacher in Wisconsin schools that are suffering from a teacher shortage.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Choose an approved alternative route program through which to complete the required coursework.
  • Apply directly through the program of their choice.

Financial Information

  • Costs and fees for the program vary depending on the alternative route program provider.
  • Candidates may be able to apply for scholarships, grants, and federal or private student loans to help pay for the program.

Post-Baccalaureate Pathway

Program Mission and Goals

The Post-Baccalaureate Pathway allows candidates to earn a master’s degree while becoming a certified teacher. Candidates must complete necessary coursework to fulfill the requirements of full teacher certification and the master’s degree in teaching.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Candidates who are interested in pursuing this pathway must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Complete coursework through an approved Inside Higher Ed (IHE) program.
  • Apply directly to the chosen IHE program to complete the licensure pathway.

Financial Information

  • Tuition and other costs associated with earning this certification and the master’s degree vary depending on the institution candidates choose to attend.
  • Scholarships, grants, and federal or private student loans may be used to pay the costs of this program.

Project Teaching

Program Mission and Goals

  • Project Teaching was created to fill teaching positions in art, business education, agriculture, foreign languages, family and consumer education, computer science, mathematics, science, technology, and music.
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  • Four weekend class meetings, divided between two semesters. These meetings occur on Friday night and Saturday.
  • Web-based assignments.
  • A practical teaching requirement that involves substitute teaching.
  • Student-teaching or two-year temporary teaching assignments.
  • This program allows candidates to choose between two options: the Two-Year Permit or the Certification with Student Teaching.
  • Two-year permit candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, art, mathematics, music, foreign language or science.

Eligibility and How to Apply

Eligible candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in the subject area they want to teach from an accredited institution.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Pass the PRAXIS I basic skills and PRAXIS II content tests.
  • Create a teaching portfolio for evaluation.
  • Two-year permit candidates must have five years of work experience. Certification with Student Teaching candidates must have two years of work experience after earning their bachelor’s degree.
  • Candidates can find application instructions on the Project Teaching website.

Financial Information 

  • The Project Teaching program costs $5,900 to complete. Costs are broken down as:
    • $500 deposit.
    • $1,800 for the first semester.
    • $1,800 for the second semester.
    • $1,800 for the required teaching semester.
  • A discount of $50 per semester is applied for candidates who pay all fees by check before starting the semester.
  • Graduate credits can be earned at the rate of $360 for six credits.
  • Candidates who accept teaching positions in low-income schools may be eligible for student loan forgiveness.

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