Certificate in Educational Policy and Leadership (EDPL)

Our educational policy and leadership certificates prepare educators for educational leadership roles in the areas of study provided by one of the three selected specializations offered through the Marquette College of Education.

A distinctive characteristic of the programs are their commitment to the development of professionals as agents of critical inquiry and social justice. This is done through a systematic focus on the social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts of education.

EDPL Certificate Specializations

Teacher Certification - Secondary Education

The secondary education teacher certification is available for Wisconsin teaching licensure at the middle childhood/early adolescence level (elementary/middle, grades 1-8) or the early adolescence level (middle/secondary, grades 6-12). Students can earn either a license or in conjunction with a master of education degree. 

This certificate program is designed to meet the needs of the working professional with a certifiable bachelor’s degree who wish to earn an initial Wisconsin early adolescence/adolescence teaching license.

Administrative Licensure Certification Programs

We are proud to offer the following programs to allow licensed educators to prepare and grow in their education career path. 

  • Principal Certification - Designed for licensed teachers interested in the Principal license in the state of Wisconsin for grades K-12.
  • Director of Instruction - Designed for licensed teachers interested in the Director of Instruction license in the state of Wisconsin for grades K-12.

EDPL Certificate Course Work

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Secondary Education Prerequisites and Coursework - 15-25 credits

Undergraduate Prerequisite for Licensure

Teaching Practice 1: Instructional Design and Teaching Models 3
Teaching Practice 2: Cultivating Relationships and Communities for Learning 3
Total Credit Hours: 6

Required Course Work 15-25 credits

Educational Inquiry 2: Advanced Topics 3
Teaching Practice 3: Assessment and Differentiation (Teaching Practice 3) 3
Adolescent and Disciplinary Literacies 3
Advanced Teaching Practice in Middle and High School 3
Educating Exceptional Learners 3
Child and Adolescent Development 3
Middle/Secondary Education Practicum 3
One additional course in Advanced Methods: 3
Teaching Middle/Secondary Social Science  
Teaching Middle/Secondary Science  
Teaching English in the Secondary School  
Teaching World Languages and Cultures  
The Teaching of Mathematics  
Advanced Methods in Journalism, Communication, or Theatre
 
Total Credit Hours: 24

Principal Certificate Prerequisites and Course Work - 30 credits

Prerequisites for Licensure:

  • Wisconsin Teaching license
  • Master’s degree
  • Licensed teaching experience

Required Coursework - 30 credits

Introduction to Educational Inquiry 3
Organizational Theory and Administration in K-12 Schools 3
Politics and Community in Educational Organizations 3
Business Administration of the Educational Organization 3
History of Education in the United States 3
The Principalship 3
American Law and the Educational Organization 3
Instructional Leadership 3
Curriculum Leadership 3
Principalship Practicum  

Director of Instruction Prerequisites and Coursework - 30 credits

Prerequisites for Licensure:

  • Wisconsin Teaching license
  • Master’s degree
  • Licensed teaching experience

Required Courses - 30 credits

Introduction to Educational Inquiry 3
Learning and Curriculum Theories 3
Organizational Theory and Administration in K-12 Schools 3
Politics and Community in Educational Organizations 3
Business Administration of the Educational Organization 3
History of Education in the United States 3
American Law and the Educational Organization 3
Instructional Leadership 3
Curriculum Leadership 3
Director of Instruction Practicum 3
Total Credit Hours: 30

 


Take the next step towards your future

Application requirements and other important information about our EDPL certificate program at Marquette University are detailed below. We also encourage and welcome prospective students to visit us in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and take a tour of the College of Education facilities on the Marquette University campus. 


 

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Application Deadline

March 31 is the priority deadline for summer admission; applications received after this date are considered as space permits. Applications should be received no later than July 15 for consideration for admission for the fall term, if space allows.

Before You Apply

ll applicants seeking teacher certification must have transcripts evaluated by the College of Education before formally applying to the Graduate School for admission to any teacher certification program. Only upon approval of the department should students submit application materials to the Graduate School. Students seeking an advanced degree and certification must meet the criteria for both admission to the Office of Teacher Education and the Graduate School.

All inquiries concerning certification should be directed to the College of Education Graduate Office, located at Schroeder Health and Education Complex, 146, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881, or via telephone at (414) 288-4613.

Application Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's ability to do graduate-level work.
  • A personal statement of purpose that includes professional and academic goals.
  • A resume that includes professional and educational experiences.
  • For International Applicants only: A TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • An interview and/or writing test may be required of applicants following the initial screening.
  • Teacher certification applicants are required to submit Praxis II scores to the College of Education’s Office of Teacher Education. These applicants must also undergo a criminal background check, conducted by Marquette University. A second criminal background check is conducted at the state level when student teaching is completed, as part of the teacher license application.
  • For administrative certification applicants only: When their administrative program is complete and they submit their administrative license applications to the state, individuals must have a Wisconsin teacher license and three years of teaching experience. They must also undergo a criminal background check conducted by the state.

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.

Merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.