WTCS Certification

Blackhawk Technical College strives to ensure quality education by adhering to the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Certification Requirements. As one of 16 Technical College Districts, we require certification and recertification of instructors, counselors, librarians, instructional specialists, instructional supervisors, instructional administrators, instructional-related supervisors and instructional-related administrators.

Most Academic and Occupational Instructors are granted Provisional Certification upon employment in the WTCS. Academic instructors must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with a minor in the subject area taught (or 20 credits in the subject area) and 2,000 hours of non-educational work experience. Occupational Instructors must have a Bachelor’s degree and 4,000 hours of related work experience. Occupational Instructors may also have the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree, which is related occupational experience combined with education and training totaling 14,000 hours.

Instructors holding Provisional Certification are ultimately working toward Five-Year Certification, which is granted upon completion of the following seven required education courses:

  • Curriculum or Course Construction
  • Philosophy of Vocational, Technical, & Adult Education
  • Teaching Methods
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Evaluation
  • Guidance & Counseling
  • Educational Diversity

Questions about certification at Blackhawk Technical College can be directed to Sandy McNutt, Certification Specialist, at (608) 757-7738 or smcnutt@blackhawk.eduor Brian Gohlke, Certification Officer, at (608) 757-7773 or .

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