More Information on Cooperative Programs
The following applies to the UW-Madison and UW-Whitewater Cooperative Program. Exceptions, equivalencies, and competencies.
The Department requires that any exceptions, equivalencies, or competencies for which you are requesting substitution in lieu of the stated requirements be approved by the Department.
Students seeking institutional endorsement from UW-Madison must enroll in a minimum of six credits at UW-Madison.
Special Student Course Work
The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis will accept a maximum of six (6) credits of special student course work toward the completion of any certification program. (Contact the Office of Special and Guest Students) If more than 6 credits are required to complete the license, students must enroll as a Graduate Student (see graduate admissions). Keep in mind that if you are seeking a Master’s degree, the Graduate School requires students in the cooperative program to complete a minimum of 15 graduate level credits of UW-Madison course work. If you take courses as a special student prior to admission, the credits may need to be converted from special student to graduate credits. You would then pay the difference in tuition.
After admission, candidates are required to develop a program plan (as well as subsequent amendments and changes) in conference with an academic advisor, and submit the proposed program plan to the Department Chairperson for approval as soon as is practical following admission to the program. Program plans are downloadable.
Exceptions, equivalencies, and competencies to the minimum certification program requirements may be made by the Department upon request by the student and advisor through the Department Chairperson.
Responding to PI 34: Implications for Certification and Licensure
Over the past three years the ELPA Program Committee has worked to revise all certification programs leading to licensed administrative positions in Wisconsin. This includes programs for superintendents, principals, directors of special education/pupil service, directors of instruction, and program coordinators for local vocational education. Anchored in the ISLLC Standards for School Leaders and Wisconsin PI 34 Standards for Administrators, program components include sequenced course work, field studies embedded in classes, the development of a whole school improvement plan, administrative field experiences, and the development of an electronic portfolio that documents learning and exhibits levels of performance against the standards. Students are also required to present their portfolio at a practitioner reviewed showcase conference sponsored in the department.
The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis offers courses leading to professional certification. Completion of these programs leads to state certification and licensure as an administrator.
Information follows regarding admission, program requirements, minimum standards and progress toward certification and transfer credits. Applicants are responsible for following the departmental policies as stated below.
These requirements are effective for all students admitted after July 1, 2004
Minimum Standards and Progress Toward Certification
Students are required to maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. A minimum overall 3.0 GPA in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis courses must be maintained at all times.
Field Experience/Practicum Program Description
The Practicum or Internship is the culminating experience for all students seeking certification as principal, supervisor director of curriculum, pupil services director, or superintendent. A meaningful experience requires the involvement of a University supervisor and a mentoring administrator in a school or district setting. A meaningful experience is also based on the needs and goals of the student, as well the context of the specific school setting for the practicum/internship. More real experience provided under the guidance of the University supervisor and the school based mentor, improves the opportunity for the student to integrate theory and practice. Ideally the experience would be structured over an entire school year to gain an appreciation of the complexity and ever-changing role of the administrator. Responsibility for a successful practicum or internship rests primarily with the student supported by the supervisor and mentor.
As a culminating experience the internship/practicum reflects the mission and values of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. That is, the practicum/internship should be designed to promote instructional leadership focused on equity, inquiry and reflection. Novice administrators are not expected to be accomplished instructional leaders, but they should experience a wide variety of administrative responsibilities and activities designed to improve teaching and learning. Budget development, attending administrative meetings, scheduling, and student supervision are examples of administrative responsibility that are best understood in the context of supporting improved teaching and learning for all children. The concept of instructional leadership requires that the student inquire and reflect about administrative work as it affects the equitable use of resources to achieve learning for all.
A critical part of the practicum/internship is a review of the student’s portfolio conducted as part of a mock interview process. The student’s academic advisor or other University faculty will collaborate with accomplished practitioners and school superintendents to conduct “mock” interviews that review the student’s portfolio and provide feedback about portfolio exhibits and job readiness.
Finally, the practicum is legally required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. As such the practicum must be based on the Wisconsin Standards for Administrator Development and Licensure and meet the time requirements as prescribed by state law. Students must document 150 hours of supervised experience for the primary administrative license and 75 hours for other administrative licenses. The standards for school administrators and other administrative licenses are listed below.
Department of Public Instruction Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 34.15
- Programs for pupil services and administrative licenses shall include supervised practicums in the area of licensure that are developmental in scope and sequence.
- As a result of the practicum experience a license candidate shall demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Wisconsin standards in PI 34.02, PI 34.03 or PI 34.04.
- Successful performance shall be measured using all of the following:
- At least 2 written evaluations based upon observations by the school-based supervisor and at least 2 written evaluations by the SCD supervisor shall be required during each student’s practicum.
- The evaluation procedures under subpar. a. shall include at least 2 conferences involving the school-based supervisor, the SCD supervisor and the practicum student. The school-based supervisor evaluation of the practicum shall become part of the student’s portfolio.
Graduate internship program.
- Advanced programs shall include a graduate internship in the area of licensure that is developmental in scope and sequence.
- As a result of the intern experience, a license candidate shall demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Wisconsin standards under s. PI 34.02,34.03 or 34.04, as appropriate.
- Supervision and primary responsibility for the student shall rest directly with the licensed local school district supervisor and indirectly with the college or university supervisor.
The following documents are required if completing your practicum through UW-Madison rather than UW-Whitewater.
Memorandum of Understanding
The student is required to submit a “Memorandum of Understanding” that documents the completion of the legal requirements regarding the practicum.
Example of Principalship Practicum Components
Policies and Practices
Registration in practicum or field experience course is required.
Students should register only once for all licenses, i.e. if seeking a principal license and a director of instruction license, only enroll in the practicum/field experience class one time, not each time you are completing the requirements for a license.
Hours: One hundred fifty (150) hours of supervised experience is required for one license and 75 hours for each subsequent license, as the minimum standard.
In accordance with PI 34, the Department has created a portfolio requirement for all certification students. Beginning September 1, 2004, students seeking certification as Principal, Director of Instruction, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, or Superintendent, will be able to take part in the processes leading to the successful completion and presentation of their own portfolio. Each portfolio is comprised of five components: four dimensions of leadership, and a professional vision statement. Students will create exhibits for the components that will help to demonstrate their leadership proficiency in each of the dimensions that coincide with the Department’s mission and vision.
View more information about the ELPA Portfolio.
Cooperative students complete their portfolios under the guidance of the UW-Whitewater coordinator.
Professional Development Plan (coming soon)
A final grade will be given when the following criteria have been addressed:
- The requirements for the classroom portion of the practicum have been completed.
- All the parties to the Memorandum of Understanding has counter-signed and attested to the completion of the practicum as outlined in the memorandum.
- All of the logged hours for the field experience/internship have been submitted to the UW practicum supervisor.
- A Professional Development Plan and Portfolio have been submitted to the UW practicum supervisor.
- Additional certification for licenses after the completion of the practicum class and the initial license certification.
- Complete a Memorandum of Understanding for all subsequent license certifications.
- Log the hours of the field experience and submit the log to the practicum supervisor.
- Submit a revised Professional Development Plan and Portfolio to the practicum supervisor.
Obtaining and Submitting a Wisconsin License Application
- Obtain and complete a license application. Applications are available on the DPI website.
- Submit the completed application form(s) and other DPI required documents, any and all official transcripts that list courses taken in fulfillment of certification requirements, and if paying by check, a check for $100 made payable to the Department of Public Instruction to Shari Smith, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, 1000 Bascom Mall, Room 253, Madison, WI 53706.
- Course work will be verified and the application with the University endorsement will be forwarded directly to the Department of Public Instruction.
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
If seeking a K12 Master’s degree and/or certification, a portfolio is required.
If seeking a K12 Master’s degree without certification a thesis paper may be an option.
Minimum Standards and Progress Toward the Degree
- A minimum of thirty (30) graduate credits must be completed in the Master of Science (M.S.) program with an overall GGPA of at least 3.00. The student must maintain a minimum overall 3.00 GGPA in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis courses at all times. Students enroll in a cooperative program must complete a minimum of 15 graduate level credits of UW-Madison course work.
- The M.S. degree program must be completed within five (5) years from the date of admission to the program. Failure to complete the program in 5 years will result in the student being declared "inactive." Students declared "inactive" will be ineligible to receive the degree until a new graduate program has been approved by the Department and any new or different program requirements then in effect have been met.
- Students declared "inactive" for three (3) years may be dropped from the M.S. program. Students who have been dropped must seek readmission to a specific degree program in the Department and meet all existing admission, program, and completion requirements.
- No more than six (6) graduate credits in other than Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis courses may be transferred to the M.S. program in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- No more than nine (9) graduate credits in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis courses may be transferred from other universities to the M.S. program in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Graduate School regulations state that a cooperative master's degree candidate must complete a minimum of 15 graduate level credits on the Madison campus in order for the degree to be granted from UW-Madison.
- All transfer credits must have been taken in accredited graduate level programs.