Certificates and Additional Licensure


Convenient, flexible, customizable

With Carroll University's Certificate and Licensure graduate programs, you can design your future, and demonstrate your dedication as a professional educator without making a commitment to pursue a master's degree. We offer education professionals flexible alternatives to traditional master degree programs. As a student you will stay connected with current trends, technologies and methods in the education field. You can complete the following certificate and licensure categories independently to develop expertise, or as a concentration to fulfill requirements in the M.Ed. program.

PK-12 Educators

Certificate and licensure programs are designed for PK-12 educators who want to enhance their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to impact teaching and learning in classrooms, schools, and communities.

Reading Teacher License (DPI#316)

The reading teacher program offers a supportive and interactive environment for current classroom teachers to broaden their understanding and skills related to research-based reading assessment, evaluation and instruction. Successful completion of this 18-credit program and the Foundations of Reading exam lead to a #316 Wisconsin Reading Teacher License.

Reading Specialist License (DPI#17)

The reading specialist program at Carroll University extends the reading teacher license (#316) for educators wishing to pursue additional expertise in literacy assessment, instruction and leadership. The program reflects the Wisconsin Administrator (WA) and the International Literacy Association (ILA) Standards and leads to the credentials for an administrative license.

K-12 Writing Certificate

This 15-credit program balances research and theory with practice, preparing certified teachers to nurture engaged, flexible, and deep-thinking writers across all disciplines and grade levels. Candidates develop leadership skills to support effective writing instruction and facilitate professional growth. Core principles of the National Writing Project (NWP) Professional Development Program serve as the foundation for this program.

Elementary Mathematics Certificate

The elementary mathematics concentration is a 5-course, certificate program for the development of elementary mathematics Specialists. Candidates acquire the habits of mind of a mathematical thinker and use mathematical practices to improve instruction in the elementary classroom. The program enhances content knowledge for effective teachers in numbers and operations, algebraic thinking, measurement and data and geometry.

Advanced Studies in Personalized Learning Certificate Program

The advanced studies in personalized learning certificate program prepares exemplary learning specialists who embrace personalized learning as transformative practice, resulting in increased student agency and deeper learning.

Wisconsin Adaptive Education License (#859)

The Wisconsin Adaptive Education License enables credentialed teachers to work effectively with students who have special needs. Candidates enrolled in this extended licensure program maintain a portfolio demonstrating how the acquired competencies apply to their particular educational contexts.

Wisconsin Alternative Education Certification (952)*

The Wisconsin Alternative Education Certification is required by the DPI for all teachers who teach students in non-traditional environments.

Adult Educators

These certificate programs are designed for educators who are engaged in educating adults in a variety of settings. The certificate programs provide the most current information possible in the practice, theory, and research relevant to this dynamic and expanding field.

Adult Learning

This five-course sequence provides students with an understanding of adults as learners. Through the certificate program, students will be prepared to effectively facilitate personal growth and development that impacts the professional, social and political aspects of adult learners in a range of collaborative, formal and informal educational settings.

Civic and Community Engagement

This five-course sequence focuses on civic studies, which sees the citizen as a “creative agent,” who through public work, engages with others to promote civic renewal in communities. Important strands of study include managing common resources and assets; deliberative democracy; public work and the study of public participation in development; and incorporating social science ideas as practical wisdom that lays the foundation for real solutions to community problems.

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