Professional Learning Community

The primary objective of The Institute for Professional Studies Professional Learning Community Certificate is to:

  1. Develop and increase teachers’ knowledge and understanding of Professional Learning Communities
  2. Develop and increase teachers’ knowledge of and expertise with instructional strategies, including technology, to implement the Professional Learning Community Learning outcomes effectively
  3. Design and evaluate assessments that inform their instruction of the Professional Learning Community Learning outcomes

The certificate program consists of four graduate level courses (12 credits) that are offered in a face-to-face, blended, or online format.

Content is based on the best practice research by DuFour, DuFour, and Ecker (2004) and includes:

  • The foundational framework and history of PLCs
  • Essential components of PLCs
  • Research on PLCs
  • The role of assessments
  • Evaluations and grading within a PLC framework
  • Analysis of various forms of assessments
  • Identification and evaluation of instructional practices that lead to higher student achievement
  • Designing assessments that inform practice
  • Examining various school cultures
  • Developing a plan to improve a school’s culture

This certificate program is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the in TASC Standards.

 

 

Professional Learning Community Certificate Program Curriculum

The 12-credit Professional Learning Community Certificate Program is offered in a face-to-face or online format. The Professional Learning Community (PLC) Certificate Program will consist of four, 3-credit courses with content based on the best practice research by DuFour, DuFour, and Ecker (2004).  

Course Course Name Credits
Term 1    
EDU 735 Foundations of Professional Learning Communities  3 credits
EDU 736 Assessments, Grading, and Professional Learning Communities  3 credits
Term 2    
EDU 737 Teacher Leadership - Professional Learning Communities  3 credits
EDU 738 Professional Learning Communities in the Content Areas 3 credits
TOTAL   12 credits

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

EDU 735     Foundations of Professional Learning Communities

In this course, students will gain knowledge of the essential components of a Professional Learning Community (PLC).  Using acquired knowledge, students will analyze the progress of their school or district on the PLC continuum. Students will investigate ways to build a culture of collaboration that improves student learning and will be expected to continuously apply PLC tenets to their practice.

EDU 736     Assessments, Grading, and Professional Learning Communities         

In this course, students will gain knowledge of how assessment and grading are related to the fundamental purpose of ensuring high levels of learning for all students in a Professional Learning Community (PLC).  Using acquired knowledge, students will analyze the progress of their school or district on the PLC continuum in areas related to assessment and grading.  Students will investigate formative and summative assessment. In addition, students will learn how collaborative teams in a PLC work to use the results of common assessments to inform instruction and improve student achievement.

EDU 737     Teacher Leadership - Professional Learning Communities         

In this course, students will apply their knowledge of the essential components of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) in their school setting.  Using acquired knowledge, students will implement an action plan that they created in semester I.  The course will conclude with a culminating project which includes an updated action plan, a reflection paper and artifacts.

EDU 738     Professional Learning Communities in the Content Areas                               

In this course, students will apply their knowledge of the essential components of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) in their school setting with an emphasis on content.  Using acquired knowledge, students will implement an action plan that they created in semester I.  The course will conclude with a culminating project which includes an updated action plan, a reflection paper and artifacts.  Students will also explore with their PLC and Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) the four collar questions of PLCs, with an emphasis on question three, How do we respond when students don’t learn.  Students will learn and share about Response to Intervention (RtI) and how it impacts their core instruction and intervention system at the school level.

Credits Rate $450 per credit
Masters or Certificate
WI residents and non-residents
8 Credit Semester $3,600
7 Credit Semester $3,150
6 Credit Semester $2,700
5 Credit Semester $2,250
4 Credit Semester $1,800

 

SCHOLARSHIPS ~ take tuition down to only $396/credit

We are pleased to announce the offering scholarships.jpgof scholarships to our entering students for our programs. Scholarships will be available to students with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA)  minimum of 3.4.  Scholarship will be in the amount of $54/credit. Since our existing tuition is $450/credit, the applied scholarship to qualified applicants will take this amount down to $396/credit. For new students, we will look at your entering undergraduate GPA at application and use that GPA for qualification standards. After initially qualifying for the scholarship at time of application, a 3.4 GPA must be maintained throughout the program to continue receiving the scholarship each term. Check out further scholarship opportunities here.  Scholarship program contingent upon funding.

Other Fees
A $56 application fee is charged at time of application. There will be a
 Fall for Education Conference special course fee of $60 in addition to your fall tuition. Each semester there is also a $25 registration charge and a $2 per credit fee for D2L services.  There is a $38 graduation fee charged your last semester to cover the cost of the diploma, cover and commencement ceremony. 

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. Minimum cost of the CBC is $35.This is not a requirement for any of the ME-PD programs that don't result in licensure.

If you have questions about fees, contact the Cashier's Office or the Office of Admissions.  The Board of Regents reserves the right to change tuition and fees without published notice.

In addition to tuition, book costs will average $100-200 per semester.  Your facilitators will communicate required book lists throughout the semesters. Also budget for school supplies (paper, pens, folders, etc.).

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available for the Director of Instruction program if completed in the term immediately following the completion of the ME-PD Educational Leadership emphasis program.

GRADUATE ADMISSION CHECKLIST 

  • Maximum enrollment is limited to 40 degree seeking students.
  • Your completed Application for Graduate Admission secures a seat in the program.
  • Have a group of interested individuals in our program?  We will bring a Learning Community to your location.

Step One: Application to Graduate School

Complete the Application for Graduate Admission form at: https://apply.wisconsin.edu/

Professional Learning Community Certificates

  • Under "Reason for Applying" choose "Certification at the Graduate Level". Next, under "Applying As" choose "Professional Learning Community" Certificate Program.

Request ALL OFFICIAL UNDERGRADUATE transcripts from ALL previous post-secondary     institutions attended. This includes transfer credits even if they appear on another school transcript. If you attended UW-La Crosse, you do not need to request those transcripts. Please contact each institution individually to request your academic records. Most universities allow you to request transcripts online.

All official transcripts must be sent directly to:
Graduate Admissions Office
142 Cleary Center
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Or by email to:
admissions@uwlax.edu

Step Two: Financial Aid - IF APPLICABLE

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov/.  You will be asked to insert the Federal School Code for UW-La Crosse which is: 003919

Step Three: Registering for 1st Semester Courses

Registration opens when the Learning Community (LC) is confirmed.  Once the LC is confirmed, registration materials, book lists and other information will be emailed to you a couple weeks prior to the beginning of your first weekend.
Register for your first semester courses using our WINGS system at: wings.uwlax.edu