Statewide Scholarship Models

Credential Scholarship
Scholarship recipients have two years to complete coursework in one of the approved Wisconsin Registry Credentials. Each credential is a specialization comprised of 12-18 credits. Upon completion of coursework, a portfolio or final project is presented to The Registry Commission, which then awards the credential. Currently there are 7 Registry-approved credentials than can be supported by a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship:

  • Infant-Toddler Credential
  • Child Care Administrators Credential
  • Pre-school Credential
  • Inclusion Credential
  • Leadership Credential
  • After School and Youth Development Credential
  • Program Development Credential

Additional credentials are under consideration by The Registry.  Please watch this website or the WECA website for updates.

3-8 Credit Scholarship
This is the most versatile of all scholarships; recipients contract to complete three to eight credits of core curriculum early childhood education courses in a one-year (three- semester) time period. Some reasons to choose this model include: to test one’s comfort with re-entering school, meet entry-level licensing requirements with credit-based courses, complete credit-based CDA or school age care coursework, strengthen an aspect of one’s current work, complete coursework needed to finish a degree or earn credits towards DPI certification, or achieve a Registry level needed to be eligible for a REWARD Wisconsin stipend. Coursework must be taken at a Wisconsin college.

Associate Degree and Bachelor's Degree Scholarships
Both of these scholarships are designed for professionals pursuing degrees in the early education field. Scholarship recipients contract to complete nine to eighteen credits in a one-year (three-semester) time period, generally beginning at the technical college level in an Associate degree program. Contracts may be renewed once per year as funding allows and program sponsorship continues. Applicants of these scholarships must also apply for federal financial aid and accept any grants awarded (loans and/or work study do not have to be accepted). T.E.A.C.H. scholarships will supplement this financial assistance; if applicants are not awarded federal grants, they can still receive a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship.

For more information on T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin
please contact us at:

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin
744 Williamson St. Suite 200
Madison, WI 53703

Phone: 608-240-9880, Choose Option 3
Toll-free: 800-783-9322, Choose Option 3

Updated November 12, 2014
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