Alternative Teacher Certification
Programs offering innovative/experimental or alternative routes to a Wisconsin Teacher Certification
Alverno-Mt. Mary Colleges (Urban Education Fellows Program)
The Urban Education Fellows Program is a two-year program of accelerated courses leading to a teaching certification for grades 1 - 8 and a Master of Arts in Education. Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree, but it need not be in education.
Carthage College (Accelerated Certification for Teachers)
This program helps those who already hold a Bachelor’s Degree and want to become a licensed teacher at the middle and high school level. This 15 month program allows for students to complete the Wisconsin licensure for grades 6-12 and earn a Master of Education from Carthage. Students can earn a license in any area of middle/high school licensure offered in the state of WI.
Marquette University Master of Education and Teacher Licensure
Marquette’s Master of Education meets the needs of working professionals with a bachelor’s degree who wish to earn both an initial Wisconsin teaching license and a master’s degree OR teaching certification only.
CESA 1 – Proficiency Based licensure Program
Proficiency Based Licensure (PBL) is an alternative certification program for individuals interested in obtaining Wisconsin initial teacher certification. The PBL program also provides an efficient and effective means for currently licensed teachers to expand their certification.
CESA #6 and #9 – RITE (Residency in Teacher Ed)
The Residency In Teacher Education (RITE) is an “on-the-job” program. While working under an emergency permit or license, candidates will simultaneously teach and complete the two-year program that includes formal instruction approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and provided by CESA 6. The formal instruction will occur prior to, during, and after the school year. Participants will learn, in part, about best instructional practices, assessing student progress, classroom management, and other instructional strategies. Additionally, during both years in the classroom, mentors in districts and at CESA 6 will provide on-the-job support.
CESA 7 Alternative Licensure Program
The CESA 7 Teacher Development Center (TDC) Program is a one-to-two year accelerated, performance based, intensive teacher preparation program that selects candidates who want to be teachers and have a four-year college degree in high needs areas and are committed to children and learning. It is also a program for certified teachers who want to add English Language Learner, Bilingual or Special Education certification to their existing license.
Initial Educator Certification Program - The Milwaukee Teacher Education Center
MTEC's Initial Educator Certification Program provides individuals who possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university the opportunity to earn a license to teach in the state of Wisconsin. The program provides a "fast track" to Wisconsin Teacher licensure in selected certification areas.
UWM Special Education Program
The mission of the UWM-MPS (Milwaukee Public School District) Internship Program is to help address the shortage of special educators by working in partnership with MPS to prepare excellent urban educators who earn their special education teaching license while teaching on-the-job, with extensive mentoring.
The “Troops to Teachers” Program (TTT)
Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.
Other helpful links:
Educational Resource Information Center (ERIC)
National Association for Alternative Certification
National Center for Alternative Certification
National Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse
Occupational Outlook Handbook 2004-2005
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Certification Requirements for 50 States