College of Education & Professional Studies

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Office: Winther Hall Information Desk window (main floor lobby)
Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday
Phone: (262) 472-1101
E-mail: education@uww.edu

License Renewal Support

Providing: A collaborative program between UW-Whitewater and CESA #2

The Licensure Renewal Support Center is one of 16 centers throughout the state of Wisconsin that were created and designated by the Department of Public Instruction. The grant for our center was written with CESA2, so that we can avail ourselves of some of the services that CESA2 offers.

The Center provides PI 34 license renewal-related services to educators employed by Wisconsin public and private schools and educational agencies.

Powerpoint Presentation Without audio on PI 34 Requirements and Support for PDP Development (File Size 125 KB)

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  • Professional Development Graduate Certificate Program
  • Coursework, workshops and seminars to Support PI 34 requirements for: 
    • Mentor Preparation
    • Professional Development Planning (PDP) Support for Initial Educators
    • Training for PDP Team Reviewers
    • Monthly seminars for Initial Educators Planned monthly topics
      • Assessment
      • Norms of collaboration
      • Lesson Plans
      • Differentiation
      • Reflective questioning
      • PDP planning
  • Summer Institutes to Support Professional Development Planning for Initial Educators
  • Licensure Support and Renewal Center for non-public educators

Program Director: Marie Benson, MSE
email: bensonm@uww.edu

The Licensure Renewal Support Center offers:

  • Training for teachers, pupil service personnel, administrators, higher education representatives to serve as members of PDP review teams
  • Monthly support seminars for school districts to support initial educators. These seminars facilitate skill development and emphasize reflection based on Wisconsin Educator Standards.

Possible monthly topics include:

  • Assessment
  • Classroom management
  • Curricular Desgin
  • Technology
  • PDP planning

Monthly seminars can also be planned to align with district goals.
Summer Courses to support the PDP Process

Register for Professional Educators Licensure Renewal (September 21st 2013)
For more information contact:
Marie Benson - Center Director
bensonm@uww.edu
(262) 472-1680 

Graduate Certificate Program

P1-34 invites an opportunity for stewardship of professional growth for educators at all levels of experiences. The PDP Certificate Program seeks to create engagement in the PDP process that strengthens talents and resources of all individuals within their professional communities.

This 9-credit, two-semester, graduate certificate program is designed for experienced teachers, administrators, and pupil services personnel. Upon completion of the program, graduates are prepared to serve as mentors and qualified to serve as Initial Educator PDP Review Team members and Higher Education Representatives. The PDP certificate courses are offered on-campus or as site-based certificate programs. These programs can be tailored to fit district/consortium needs by incorporating field-based experiences on the school/district site. Site-based training includes the two courses delivered in your locality with special consideration to the learning needs of professionals in your district/consortium.The following program courses are also accessible to professionals (e.g., teachers, administrators, and pupil services personnel) not enrolled in the PDP Certificate Program, who are seeking training to support district programs in mentoring or professional development for initial educators required by PI-34.The program:

  • Targets experienced professionals seeking a graduate degree to fulfill requirements for the Master Educator License.
  • Provides performance-based courses designed for teachers, administrators, and pupil service personnel.
  • Provides either courses on campus at UW-Whitewater or on-site certificate programs for districts and educational agencies.
  • Prepares experienced educators to serve as PDP mentors, coaches and team members.
  • Provides program courses that blend 50% class instruction with 50% field-based application activities and web-based learning communities.
  • Applies to selected Master of Science Degree Programs and Post Masters Programs at UW-Whitewater.

 EDUINDP 710 "Mentoring the Intitial Educator: A Performanced-Based Approach" 3 credits (Graduate or undergraduate) Hybrid course      

-Focusing on research for effective schools and guiding principles of Wisconsin's new educator licensure ruling.      

-Sharing a vision of educator quality based on the Wisconsin Teacher Standards      

-Developing a collaborative environment in which to learn and practice      

- Demonstrating the results of reflective practice by creating professional goals and plans.      

 - Focuasing goals on increasing student learning success  

EDUINDP 711 "Professional Development Planning Process" 3 credits (Graduate or undergraduate) Hybrid course      

- Guide and coach the intitial educator through the process of reflection, gathering and analyzing current data      

 -Write, implement, and document completion of a professional development plan       

-Instill a commitment to professional learning and growth



Districts interested in offering a site-based PDP Certificate Program should contact:

Marie Benson , MSE
Director, Licensure Renewal Support Center
Winther 2041 
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 West Main
Whitewater, WI 53190
(262) 472-1680 • bensonm@uww.edu

Professional growth and development consultantMarie Benson is the director of the Licensure Renewal Support Center located on the University of Wisconsin campus. During her 31+ years as a middle school math and science instructor in the school district of Janesville, she was responsible for the authoring and coordinating many district curriculum documents. She provided staff development programs on instructional models and strategies, student assessment through portfolia development, rubric creation, PI-34 planning, and co-teaching at the district and state level.She currently administers and teaches the coursework for the UW-Whitewater PDP Certificate Program and Summer Institute for PDP creation.

Link to: Professional Development Graduate Certification Program 


UW-Whitewater Campus-Based Summer Institute Series 

  • A focused, structured three-year process for initial educators to receive mentorship and support to create, reflect, refine, document, and verify successful completion of PDPs.
  • A process for professional educators seeking the option of writing PDPs rather than taking six credits to renew their licenses in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
  • A process that guides professionals to examine the relationship between their professional growth and development and student learning outcomes.
  • Opportunities to engage in learning communities with other regional initial educators, experienced professionals, and university faculty across disciplines

These one-credit Institutes can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. Graduate credits can be applied to Master of Science in Education - Professinal Development and/or the PDP Graduate Certificate Program.

View/Download 2014 Coursework Flyer

Institute CourseworkEDUINDP 410/610The Process of Creating Your Professional
Development Plan - 1 credit

This institute is designed to prepare initial and professional educators to use reflection tools to gauge their current level of performance based on the Wisconsin Educator Standards. Each participant will write a Professional Development Plan (PDP) for the next 3-5 years and leave the Institute with an approved plan that is ready to implement. Specific support will be provided on how educators can begin to collect and analyze data related to their PDP goals that show professional growth and a positive impact on student learning. 1 ½ days campus based and 4 hours web-based.


EDUINDP 411/611
Implementation of Your Professional
Development Plan - 1 credit

This institute is designed to help initial educators engage in learning communities with other educators and faculty to share and refine content , strategies and best practices related to common goals on their PDP's. Speakers and focus groups will be designed based on participant's goals. One day campus-based and 8 hours on-line.


EDUINDP 412/612Verification of Your Professional
Development Plan - 1 credit

This institute builds on prior learning from the previous summer institutes and provides the final verification process of the PDP with the Initial Educator Review Team members (1 1\2 days campus based and 4 hours of web-based).


For registration information on PDP Summer Institutes and the Graduate PDP Certificate Program contact:

Carrie Lencho
Office of Continuing Education/Credit Outreach
UW-Whitewater
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, Wisconsin 53190
800-621-5376
e-mail: lenchoc@uww.edu 

Applicants must hold a professional educator license, meet UW-Whitewater Graduate School requirements for the PDP Graduate Certificate Program for admission, and submit two letters of reference from the Superintendent or Director of the School District or Organization in which they are employed and from their building principle or supervisor. These letters must address the candidate's professional competence to serve as a mentor and to work collaboratively with staff and administration. Letters should be sent to:

Graduate Studies Application 

Marie Benson , MSE
Director, Licensure Renewal Support Center
Winther 2041 
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
e-mail: bensonm@uww.edu 

Sally Lange
University Service Program Associate
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
e-mail: langes@uww.edu 

UW-Whitewater, in collaboration with CESA #2, is one of 14 License Renewal Support Centers in Wisconsin designated by the Department of Public Instruction.  The Center provides PI -34 license renewal-related services to educators in Wisconsin public and private schools and educational agencies including:

  • Information regarding PI-34 licensure renewal requirements.
  • Mentor training
  • Monthly support for initial educators.
  • Assistance for educators to create, implement, and conduct the review and verification process of PDPs with professional development teams
  • Training for teachers, pupil service personnel, administrators, and higher education representatives to serve as members of PDP review teams.

PDP Forms

DPI Professional plan template
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The Licensure Renewal Support Center offers:

  • Training for teachers, pupil service personnel, administrators, higher education representatives to serve as members of PDP review teams
  • Monthly support seminars for school districts to support initial educators. These seminars facilitate skill development and emphasize reflection based on Wisconsin Educator Standards.

Possible monthly topics include:

  • Assessment
  • Classroom management
  • Curricular planning
  • Lesson Design
  • Technology
  • PHP planning

Monthly seminars can also be planned to align with district goals. For more information contact:
Marie Benson - Center Director
bensonm@uww.edu
(262) 472-1680