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Explore Educational Opportunities with Elmbrook

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? How about taking on a new role, or expanding your license? Elmbrook School District is here to provide the connections and resources to help you grow.

The following Universities and Colleges offer a wide variety of opportunities that could be just what you’ve been looking for. Don’t forget that you may be eligible for a discounted rate if you are currently employed with Elmbrook School District.

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Wisconsin Teacher Certification Program - Online


Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (DSEPS) Certificate Program
  • Online One year Program @ University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
  • Application Deadline - Friday May 10, 2024


Alverno College


Overview of offerings:

  • A program through Alverno and a partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools has an online program that offers "Licensure for practicing paraprofessionals who have an associate degree (or at least 48 college credits) but not a bachelor's degree".
  • Earn a Bachelor of Science in Education in three years or less through online synchronous and asynchronous classes and 18 weeks of student teaching.

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Carroll College


Overview of offerings:

  • Graduate Programs in Education “Whether you’re taking on a new role, looking to expand your licenses, or become a teacher…”
  • Earn initial or additional licenses, certificates, and/or masters in the areas of literacy, educational leadership, teaching areas

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cesa 2

Overview of offerings:

  • This program offers DPI Approved Educator Preparation Programs with a high-quality curriculum that is 100% online, and also has on-demand coaching sessions
  • Earn your license for K-12 ESL, Bilingual Supplemental, Grades 4-12 Math, K-12 Spanish, and more

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Edgewood College


Overview of offerings:

  • This is an accelerated teaching program geared toward “Working adults and career changers, recent college graduates interested in teaching, emergency licensed (Tier 1) teachers already working in schools”
  • There are 6 starts per year. The courses are 8 weeks long, and can be completed in 12 months 
  • There are 3 asynchronous tracks: Cross-Categorical Special Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education

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educate wi

Overview of offerings:

  • 10 Sped Program is DPI approved program to provide both initial and additional teacher licenses 
  • Eligibility Requirements: anyone who already has a bachelor's degree and wants to get an initial special education teaching license or for those who already have a general education teaching license and want to add a special education teaching license
  • Result of program: Licenses offered in both Early Childhood Special Education (Birth to Grade 3) and Cross Categorical Special Education (Grades K-12)
  • Offered online: 4 semesters that take approximately 18 months to complete.

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University of Wisconsin
-Eau Claire


Overview of offerings:

  • Transition to Teaching Pathway Program “This is a route for nontraditional undergraduate and other adult learners to complete a preparation program and become practicing teachers”
  • Eligibility requirements: 30 credits of general education/liberal arts coursework or an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree
  • Result of Program: bachelor's degree and eligibility for licensure in both 4k-12 Special Education and 4k-9 Elementary/Middle Education.
  • Offered Online and 2 years plus student teaching 
  • Application deadline to start Cohort 2: May 10, 2024

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