Through TFA Milwaukee's partnerships with 3 accredited universities in the Milwaukee area, all previously uncertified TFA corps members enroll in a 2-year certification program so they are on track to obtaining their teaching certification by the end of their corps commitment. You will work towards your certification while teaching and have the option of working towards a master’s degree.
All previously uncertified corps members will enroll in a 2-year teaching certification program through our partner universities for a reduced price. The state of Wisconsin permits uncertified teachers to teach in a classroom so long as they are earning credits towards certification through an educator preparation program.
If you do have a teaching certification, you have the option of enrolling in a Master's Program through our partner university based on your teaching area, but will need to work directly with the university admissions' office to determine your course load and track.
Our three partners are listed below. Your university enrollment will depend on your school placement. Please note, your placement (and therefore your university) is not final until you have been hired by a school partner.
|High school - English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, Middle School||Marquette University|
|Special Education, Early Childhood, Bilingual||Cardinal Stritch University|
|Elementary, Middle School||Alverno College|
The only enrollment step you must complete is to register and pass your required Praxis test. More information about testing can be found on our corps member onboarding site. You will not need to initiate applications to any of our university partners.
In the late Spring of 2017, the Onboarding Team will launch the enrollment process and work with you and your admission's office to make sure all of your file information and materials are inputted into the university database. Once along all the necessary file information and materials are submitted, you will be formally enrolled in the university and provided with information on your financial aid package, course registration, etc. Keep an eye out for updates in the bi-weekly email blasts as we get closer to the Spring!
Just be sure to register for and pass your Praxis Core and Praxis II exams before June 1st! As the Praxis exams are pre-requisites to your university enrollment and certification, you will need to have passed both exams before arriving at Induction. We also highly recommend that you complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA to ensure you are eligible for a financial aid package from your university.
Other than the Praxis exams and FAFSA, you will not need to worry about any other enrollment preparations until you receive specific instructions from the Onboarding Team.
Corps members will be responsible for financing their certification program. Each of our partner programs provides financial aid packets for all of their students, which they will discuss during the beginning of the year orientation.
In addition, TFA will offer graduate school grants to corps members based on need. More details on the application process for these grants will be released in the fall of 2016.
Here is a tentative estimate of Certification program costs over the entire 2 year program (please note that these estimates are not final):
|Program||Master's Degree Cost (TFA CM)||Master's Degree Cost (Non-TFA CM)||Certification Only Cost (TFA CM)||Certification Only Cost (Non-TFA CM)|
|Cardinal Stritch University||$18,680||$25,010||$16,632||$21,350|
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