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Education: a debt due from present to future generations. —George Peabody
 K-12 Administrator Certification Programs

"Leadership for Learning for All Students"

The programs emphasize the development of knowledge, skills and dispositions to support leadership for learning for all students. The program is designed with courses offered under the general themes of individual socialization, instructional leadership, and integrative leadership clusters. Course work emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills in the seven state administrator standards, with a strong instructional leadership focus. Students receive training in data-based decision-making, resource reallocation, instructional and cultural leadership, professional development and evaluation, and legal aspects of administrative practice. Students develop a portfolio of their work throughout the program that is used formatively to help shape learning opportunities, and summatively to assess readiness for administrative work.

Graduates of the program serve as administrators in public and private schools throughout the state in diverse settings. They also serve in state and national leadership roles to strengthen and enhance learning outcomes for all students.



Director of Instruction  


 Director of Special Education and Pupil Services  




 UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison Cooperative Program  


 Portfolio Requirement


Field Experience Requirement 


 Professional Development Plan (PDP) 

PDP) is a process for the renewal of an educator’s license based on planned professional growth and evidence of the impact of that growth on student learning. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires a PDP be submitted and approved prior to being eligible for an administrative license. 

 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Obtaining and Submitting a Wisconsin License Application

A. The online application is on the DPI website.  You must contact Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis to request University endorsement prior to completing the DPI license application.  You will not be able to complete the application without University endorsement.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) provides information on:

  • PI-34 New DPI education program approval and license rules
  • Renewing a teaching license
  • Holding certification in another state, but seeking licensure in Wisconsin
  • Adding new areas of certification
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