Director of Instruction (5010) - Add-On License

Cohort Start Date - Spring 2020!

DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION ADD-ON LICENSE

The Add-on Director of Instruction License (5010) is a two-course, one-academic term cohort program.  Students graduating from IPSE’s Educational Leadership programs or any current Principal in WI may choose the Add-on license program, making them eligible for licensure as Director of Instruction.

The Online Add-on Director of Instruction License (5010) includes two new courses that address the additional competencies needed to meet the Director of Instruction standards, for a total of 6-credits beyond those needed for licensed Principals or those eligible for the PK-12 (5051) license. The philosophy of the program is a learning-in-community, constructivist model with culturally relevant teaching. Students join the program in a cohort. In a learning community that is constructivist, learners come together as a group to share common emotions, values or beliefs in education and are actively engaged in learning together. This model is considered advanced pedagogy. The program meets the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders standards, the Wisconsin Administrator Standards for Director of Instruction, and professional educational requirements for Director of Instruction licensure in Wisconsin and most other states.

 

 

 

Admission Requirements: Director of Instruction Add-On License Program

Administrators who have earned a Principal license (5051) are eligible to apply to UWL to take the required courses that lead to the Director of Instruction license in Wisconsin. 

In addition to completing the online application to UWL, applicants must:

  1. Have an overall graduate grade point average of at least 3.0.
  2. Provide the university their original transcript(s).
  3. Provide a copy of their Educational Leadership (Principalship, 5051) administrator license.
  4. Provide verification that any degrees completed outside of WI meet state teaching standards.

After your UW System application has been submitted, you will be sent an email invitation to log into your Applicant Dashboard within 24-48 hours.  You will use the Applicant Dashboard to submit your administrator license/certification.

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).

 

Program Curriculum

Sequence of Courses 
Term 1: EDU 774 and EDU 775

Educational Leadership (Principalship) Certificate Curriculum: 

Course Course Name Credits
EDU 774 Curriculum and Leadership 3 Credits
EDU 775 Practicum for Director of Instruction & Seminar   3 Credits
TOTAL   6 Credits

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

EDU 774        Curriculum and Leadership                                            

The history of the field of curriculum, as well as curriculum theory will be explored. A study of curricular paradigms that give form and shape to school practice will be included. 

An over-all purpose of this course is to study the historical development of the curriculum field, as well as the diversity of theoretical positions that stem from these historical underpinnings. This study will form a basis for our analyzing/studying the foundational ideas that provide the underlying rationale(s) for school practice with a heightened focus on the role of administrators in district curriculum decisions. 

EDU 775        Practicum for Director of Instruction & Seminar                  

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with practical experience for Director of Instruction. Per PI 34.32 all candidates seeking administrative licenses in the area of the Director of Instruction must participate in a supervised practicum before graduation from their program. This practicum shall be developmental in nature and provide opportunities that afford the Director of Instruction candidate to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the Wisconsin Content Guidelines for Director of Instruction Licensure Programs. Performance in the Director of Instruction practicum will be measured via two successful observations by a school-based supervisor (i.e., cooperating director) as well as by the supervisor assigned from UWL. In addition to successful observations, Director of Instruction candidates are required to engage in online seminar discussions anchored to the practicum seminar. These discussions are grounded in the day-to-day lives of Directors of Instruction and will support Director of Instruction candidates in gaining a deeper, authentic understanding of the Director of Instruction position. 

Further, during the practicum experience, Director of Instruction candidates will also have the opportunity to engage in professional discussions with an experienced administrator/cooperating director and their practicum supervisor. The practicum affords Director of Instruction candidates experience engaging in authentic activities to include the opportunity to take risks under the mindful guidance of their cooperating Director of Instruction and university supervisor. Practicums lead to numerous networking opportunities that can translate into informal support systems post practicum. 

The focus of your work during this course will be completing practicum requirements at your site as well as recapping your work through the totality of your participation in the Director of Instruction program at UWL.  Your seminar will serve as means to debrief your practicum experiences and share and learn from your fellow Director of Instruction comrades.

Program Completion

Eligibility for the Director of Instruction (5010) certification is contingent upon:

  • Cumulative graduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
  • Satisfactory completion of Director of Instruction Program coursework, associated experiences, and artifacts 
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.

Step One: Application to Graduate School

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

When completing the application, here are some helpful hints to use on certain pages of the application in order to apply for the correct program.

  • Reason for Applying: Choose "Special/Non-Degree"
  • UW-La Crosse Special/Non-Degree
    Reason for Applying:
    Choose "Graduate courses for personal/professional enrichment."
  • Applying As: Choose "Professional Studies: Add-On 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: Submit a copy of teachers license to:

Patricia A. Markos, Director
IPSE, UW - La Crosse
Suite 269 Morris Hall
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI  54601

Email to:
jholm@uwlax.edu
608-785-5411

Step Three: 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 Four:  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. Applicants are responsible for all costs associated with their criminal background check(s). 

The UWL Office of Field Experience will initiate your CBC based on information provided in your admission application.  Please watch your email for information on completing the CBC. Applicants cannot be admitted until they have passed their CBC.

Step Five:  Register 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 several weeks prior to the beginning of your first weekend.
Register for your first semester courses using our WINGS system at: wings.uwlax.edu