The program approval process is a review of an institution of higher education’s educator preparation programs. The review process ensures that Wisconsin’s educator preparation programs meet the performance-based standards and statutory and rule requirements specified in Wis. Stat. 118.19 and Wis. Admin. Code PI 34. In addition, the process requires that institutions of higher education develop collaborative relationships with the PK-12 education community to promote continuous improvement throughout an educator’s professional career. The continuous process applies to all undergraduate, post baccalaureate, and graduate education preparation programs in Wisconsin that lead to licensure in any of the teaching, pupil services, and/or school administration categories.
Institutions of higher education have the flexibility under Wis. Admin. PI 34 to develop distinct preparation programs that reflect their unique missions, goals, and structures. Institutions are responsible for providing evidence that their programs prepare educators who are able to meet the standards established by the state of Wisconsin in Wis. Admin PI 34. The evidence is reviewed during the program approval process. Institutions must demonstrate that all program approval components of PI 34 are met.
Under the direction of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and carried out by the Teacher Education, Professional Development and Licensing team, programs are reviewed annually and approval is granted by the State Superintendent on a five-year basis.