Mentoring Certificate

The Mentoring Certificate program is designed for teachers and administrators interested in supporting teachers through mentoring. This program is open to teachers and administrators with at least three years of teaching experience and a dedication to supporting colleagues through mentoring.

Mentoring Certificate Program

Earn 6 post-baccalaureate credits taking coursework and workshops that result in a Mentoring Certificate.

Why Should I Participate?

Statistics show that approximately one half of beginning teachers nationwide leave the profession within the first five years as many new teachers feel increasingly overwhelmed and under prepared. According to Wisconsin's PI-34, school districts must train mentors to provide support and assistance to initial educators.

A mentoring certificate will ensure that mentors will gain a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to best serve beginning teachers.

Who Should Participate?

You are eligible to participate in the Mentoring Certificate Program if you are a Pre-K-12 educator with at least three years of teaching experience.

Course and Workshop Requirements​

The certificate requirements includes 5 Mentor Training Workshops for a total of 6 credits

In order to earn the mentoring certificate, courses must be taken for credit. The course credit is offered through Professional Development at Cardinal Stritch University. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion from the College of Education and Leadership.

The Mentoring Certificate can be completed within one academic year, but participants have a maximum of five years to complete the program, taking into consideration the timing of the courses and workshops.

Enrollment Process for the Mentoring Certificate

  • Enroll in the Instructional Mentoring workshop and take the workshop for credit.
  • Once you have completed the ED 642 Instructional Mentoring course, you are considered enrolled in the certificate program.
  • You have a minimum of one academic year and a maximum of five years to complete the Mentoring Certificate program by taking the following courses:
    • ED 642 Instructional Mentoring – 1 credit
    • ED 643 Observing & Conferencing - 1 credit
    • ED 644 Using Data to Inform Instruction – 2 credits
    • ED 645 Designing and Presenting Professional Development to Support Beginning Teachers – 1 credit
    • ED 649 Designing Effective Instruction – 1 credit

All workshop registrations must be submitted two weeks prior to the course/workshop. On-site registration for the workshop is not available.

At each course or training workshop, participants will receive instructions to apply for the graduate credit (required for the Certificate) at the reduced fee of approximately $160/credit.


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