The Educational Specialist Certificate Program is a 60 credit program. In most cases, someone entering the program already holds a Master's degree in educational leadership. Course work completed in a Master's program in educational leadership is typically accepted toward the 60 credit requirement. At a minimum, 24 of the 60 credits must be completed at UW-Madison.
The Educational Specialist Certificate Program is most often completed by someone seeking a superintendent license. In Wisconsin, to be eligible for a superintendent license, you must either be in a PhD program and have completed preliminary exams (dissertation proposal) or hold an Educational Specialist Certificate.
The following minimal requirements will satisfy the Educational Specialist Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis.
Category I. - 3 credits
702 Introduction to Educational Leadership
Category II. - 15 credits
785 Staff Personnel Systems
846 The Superintendency
860 Organizational Theory and Behavior in Education
870 The Politics of Education
875 Theory and Practice of Educational Planning
Category III. - 30 credits
At least ten (10) additional courses including at least thirty (30) graduate credits selected from any courses in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. (A maximum of three (3) graduate credits of 990, or 999 may be included in the 30 credits.) Students seeking Superintendent Certification need to incorporate required coursework into Category III. In addition to the Category II course work, superintendent certification requires:
830 School Finance and Resource Allocation
840 Public School Law
890 Educational Specialist Research Paper (not a class)
Research Methods and Statistics Courses - 6 credits
At least two (2) courses including six (6) graduate credits of research courses distributed as follows:
An introductory statistics course which includes descriptive statistics, central tendency, probability, inference, and variance.
The research requirement for the Educational Specialist Certificate shall be satisfied by completing Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis 824, Field Research Designs and Methodologies in Educational Administration.
Supporting Courses - 6 credits
At least two (2) courses including six (6) graduate credits of supporting coursework in teaching and learning (typically one course in curriculum and instruction and one additional course). Additional courses in teaching and learning are recommended.
The Education Specialist Certificate Program plan (as well as any subsequent amendments and changes) must be submitted and approved by the Department as soon as is practicable following admission to the program.