The Educational Leadership Certificate is a 28-credit program for teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers with a minimum of a master's degree seeking PK-12 Principal (5051) licensure through the WI Department of Public Instruction. The philosophy of the program is a learning-in-community, constructivist model with culturally relevant teaching. Students join in a cohort. The program meets the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards, the Wisconsin Administrative Standards, and professional educational requirements for principal licensure in Wisconsin. An administrative portfolio is required for program completion and licensure.
- A master’s degree in education or closely related field from an accredited institution.
- One of the following:
- An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.85 on a 4.00 scale, or
- An average of at least 3.00 in the last half of all undergraduate work, or
- An average of at least 3.00 for no fewer than 12 semester credits of graduate study at another accredited graduate institution
Complete online application
- Provide a resume that documents at least one year of full-time employment in a K-12 setting and current position in a K-12 school
Copy of applicant's teacher, administrator, or professional license1
Provide verification that degrees completed outside the state meet WI licensing standards1
Criminal background check
The WI Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requires that candidates for admission to a teacher education, administration, or pupil services program successfully pass a criminal background check (CBC) as one criterion for admission. By applying for admission to one of these programs, candidates agree to provide the necessary personal information to UWL in order to initiate their CBC and to complete their portion of the process prior to the deadline specified in their admission letter. Teacher candidates are responsible for all costs associated with their criminal background check(s).
|EDU 765||Introduction to Educational Leadership||3|
|EDU 766||The Principalship||3|
|EDU 767||Data-based Decision Making for Instruction||3|
|EDU 768||Supervision and Evaluation||3|
|EDU 769||Leadership and Cultural Competence||3|
|EDU 770||School Law||3|
|EDU 771||School Finance and Resource Allocation||3|
|EDU 772||Inclusive Pedagogical Practices I||2|
|EDU 782||Inclusive Pedagogical Practices II||1|
|EDU 773||Practicum in the Principalship and Practicum Seminar||4|
Eligibility for Educational Leadership (5051) certification is contingent upon:
- Cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
- Satisfactory completion of Educational Leadership Program coursework, associated experiences, and artifacts (including an administrative portfolio)
- Have completed three years of successful full-time teaching experience at any of the grades at the early childhood through adolescence developmental range, OR have completed three years of successful experience as a school counselor, a school psychologist, or a school social worker, which includes evidence of at least 540 hours of successful classroom teaching experience (PI 34.065(4))
- Completed DPI employment verification form documenting completion of at least three years of employment as described above in K-12 schools
The Minnesota Board of School Administrators requires 30 credits beyond the master's degree for Principal licensure; therefore, those seeking Minnesota licensure must take a minimum of two additional elective credits. Learners should work with their advisor to identify eligible electives.
Out of state license holders may contact the School of Education Certification Officer for assistance with applying for an equivalent WI teaching license. Candidates must hold an initial WI license prior to endorsement for the 5051 license.