• Early Childhood Educator Series

    I have my elementary education degree from MLC, but I want to learn more about early childhood education.
    Michelle Dobberstein — Director and Teacher

  • Early Childhood Outreach Essentials

    I already have my early childhood degree, but I want to learn more about connecting my students and families to Jesus and our church.
    Rachel Wendland, Director and Lead Teacher

  • Early Childhood Synod Certification

    I’m called by my congregation, but I’m not synod certified. I’m taking MLC classes to learn how to meet my preschoolers’ academic and spiritual needs.
    Jennifer Semanko, Teacher

Professional Development Designed for WELS Teachers

If This is You:Then This is Your Program
I have no college degree
OR
I have a college degree, but it’s not in early childhood education.
Early Childhood Educator Series
I’m a licensed/qualified ECE teacher in my state, but I want to be certified to teach in WELS schools
OR
I’ve been called to be a WELS early childhood ministry teacher, but I’m not synod-certified.
Early Childhood Teacher Synod Certification
I’m a state-licensed and synod-certified early childhood teacher who wants to maximize the outreach potential of my preschool.Early Childhood Outreach Essentials

Early Childhood Outreach Essentials

Lutheran early childhood teachers strive to connect their studies and families to Christ and the local congregation. These courses provide the tools to do just that.

  • 5 short courses (all 1-credit)
  • Provides outreach tools to connect students and families to Christ and the local congregation
  • Offered online or face to face at your location

Who should enroll?

Licensed and synod-certified early childhood teachers who want to maximize the outreach potential of their preschools

Early Childhood Educator Series

The Early Childhood Educator Series is being designed to provide current early childhood teachers with a comprehensive understanding of developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood. Early childhood teachers are encouraged to take all 11 courses. These courses are also being aligned to the Child Development Associate (CDA) national credentialing program so that teachers completing all 11 courses will be prepared to apply for the CDA credential.

  • 11 short courses (almost all 1-credit)
  • Develops basic understanding of early childhood education: spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional
  • Offered online or face to face at your location

Who should enroll?

  • Teachers with an elementary or secondary education degree
  • Anyone who does not have an early childhood education degree

Early Childhood Synod Certification

WELS Early Childhood Teacher Certification is intended for early childhood teachers only. It does not certify early childhood directors, elementary, or secondary teachers.
The synod’s preference is that men and women qualify themselves as early childhood teachers by graduating from Martin Luther College (MLC). However, because not all ECE teachers are graduates of MLC, these certification guidelines developed by the Conference of Presidents (COP) of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod seek to establish an adequate standard of teacher training that will ensure proficiency in carrying out the aims and objectives of WELS early childhood programs. In addition, these guidelines make it possible to carry out an orderly program of inservice training for early childhood teachers who are rendering a needful and valuable service in our schools but who have not yet fulfilled baccalaureate or certification requirements. Synod certification is required for early childhood directors.  Registered early childhood teachers are encouraged to seek synod certification, but are not required to do so.

  • 12 courses (1-credit and 3 credit) plus a 5-week clinical
  • Trains teachers to meet ministry needs and to proclaim the Word of God faithfully
  • Offered online or face to face at your location

Who should enroll?

  • Called early childhood teachers who are not synod certified
  • Licensed early childhood teachers who want to prepare to teach in a WELS school

Early Childhood Director Synod Certification

The synod’s preference is that men and women qualify themselves as early childhood teachers by graduating from Martin Luther College (MLC). However, because not all ECE teachers are graduates of MLC, these certification guidelines developed by the Conference of Presidents (COP) of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod seek to establish an adequate standard of teacher training that will ensure proficiency in carrying out the aims and objectives of WELS early childhood programs. In addition, these guidelines make it possible to carry out an orderly program of inservice training for early childhood teachers who are rendering a needful and valuable service in our schools but who have not yet fulfilled baccalaureate or certification requirements. Synod certification is required for early childhood directors.  Registered early childhood teachers are encouraged to seek synod certification, but are not required to do so.

  • 18 courses (3-credit) plus a 5-week student teaching experience
  • Trains directors to meet ministry needs and to proclaim the Word of God faithfully
  • Offered online, on the MLC campus, or face to face at your location

Who should enroll?

  • Called early childhood teachers who are not synod certified
  • Licensed early childhood teachers who want to prepare to become directors in a WELS school

Early Childhood Director Degree in Educational Administration

The Master of Science in Educational Administration is an online degree program that provides training to meet the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod early childhood director standards. Upon successful completion of the graduate program, students are awarded the Master of Science degree in Educational Administration (MS Ed Admin).

  •  36 credits that includes a capstone
  • Courses relating research to the principles and practices of school leadership and administration
  • All courses offered online

Who should enroll?

  • Early childhood directors who have an undergraduate degree in education from an accredited college or university