Alternative Education Certification (952)
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has authorized the Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies (EPCS) to offer an add-on certification in alternative education.
About the Certification
The school environment is changing. In the Milwaukee area, and around the state, the number of charter and alternative schools are increasing. This means that educators need to have the tools to change with them.
We understand the many demands students face daily. Therefore, we offer flexible course times during the evening and online to fit in your schedules. Through our courses you will gain solid skills that you can apply in an Alternative Education setting.
Completion, for already certified teachers, results in a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) granted 952 add-on certification
Courses are offered fully online, face-to-face, or in blended formats and taught by faculty with experience in Alternative Schools
Online course participants have the opportunity to interact with educators from around the state
Courses can be taken concurrently and finished in as little as one semester
Practical experience in Alternative Schools incorporated
Who Should Enroll
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) licensed educators working in an alternative setting where a 952 add-on license is required
Any educator looking to gain an understanding of at-risk students and alternative education settings
Any person who would like to learn more about alternative education
In order to receive a State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) 952 license certification for Alternative Education you must:
Have a State of Wisconsin Teaching Certificate.
Complete ED POL 534: The Student At-Risk (Causes) and ED POL 535: Educating At-Risk Students with a B- or better.
Complete a mini-portfolio, which is addressed through work completed in the required courses. The portfolio will be assessed by the instructors.
Once you have completed ED POL 534 and 535 you must:
Fill out the State of Wisconsin DPI license application form (will be posted shortly) which can be found on their website or by visiting the Office of Academic Services (Enderis 209) or the Certification Office (Enderis 210).
Once the form is completed, you must take it to be notarized. This can be done at your financial institution or at the Certification Office (Enderis 210).
Forward your notarized license application and $100 payment to:
UWM School of Education
Certification Office, Enderis 210
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
If you've taken the required courses and are ready to apply for the 952 add-on license in Alternative Education, please fill out the interest form at the top right of the page and we will provide you with documents that might be of assistance such as:
Printable Alternative Education Certification Checklist
Guide to Licensure
DPI Application Sample
If you have any questions about how to acquire the Alternative Education Certification 952 license please contact Linda Randolph at 414-229-4153.
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact the Department
Enderis Hall Room 557
2400 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53211
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Department of Educational Policy & Community Studies
School of Education
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee WI 53201
Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M.- 4:30 P.M.
Office Telephone Number: (414) 229-4323
Fax Number: (414) 229-3700