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Alternative Certification Virtual Event

Alternative Certification Virtual Event

paraprofessional with student both wearing masksWelcome to the second Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Alternative Certification Virtual Event. We are excited that you joined us! We hope that this event is a success for both you and for us. At the virtual event, the focus will be on teachers and paraprofessionals (educational assistants). 

The Alternative Certification Virtual Event will take place on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Virtual Sessions

On the day of the virtual event, December 16, 2020, Human Resources will be hosting various Alternative Certification Programs.  Each program will have their own “room” and will have approximately 20 minutes to present information about their program and any special focus they may have.  You may attend as many sessions as time permits.

Sessions will be held at the following times:

  • 4:20 P.M.
  • 4:40 P.M.
  • 5:00 P.M.
  • 5:20 P.M.
  • 5:40 P.M.

To attend a session, please join our online meeting room at one of the specified times above.

Alternative Certification Virtual Event Application

To participate in this event, please fill out and submit the form below. All fields are required.

music teacher with students playing the pianoThe qualifications for teachers and paraprofessionals are outlined below.

Teacher Qualifications

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university and an appropriate teaching license granted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

MPS also works with a number of alternative certification programs. You may be hired as a teacher without the certification or license if you have proof that you are enrolled/enrolling in a teacher certification program. MPS will request a permit for you and have the permit renewed as long as you can show adequate annual progress toward your certification.

Paraprofessional Qualifications

You must have at least 48 college credits.

In lieu of the 48 college credits, you can also be considered as an applicant as long as you have completed one of the approved paraprofessional certification programs. In order to be qualified, a paraprofessional must hold a high school diploma and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Completed two years of post-secondary education (48 credits) or 
  • Obtained an associate's degree or 
  • Met a rigorous standard of quality and be able to demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics (or, as appropriate, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness) by taking and passing one of the Hiring Requirements Options.

See the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website for more details.

teacher at roosevelt with studentAbout Milwaukee Public Schools

MPS is divided in to four (4) physical regions:

  • Central
  • East
  • Northwest
  • Southwest

Each Region has its own leadership and each contains many unique specialty schools, including language and cultural immersion, bilingual, arts, International Baccalaureate, gifted & talented, STEM and Montessori.  MPS has numerous positions available in the Central Region.

students with raised hands with teacherTo view the current vacancies by region visit our Job Openings webpage.

Milwaukee Public Schools is the largest district in the state of Wisconsin, employing over 10,000 staff, and educating approximately 75,000 youth. We are excited that you are attending!

MPS offers generous benefits for employees working 30+ hours per week, including:

  • Health, vision, dental and life insurance
  • Flexible health savings account
  • Flexible dependent care saving account
  • Sick Leave
  • Pension
  • 403B and 457 participation (voluntary)
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance (voluntary)
  • Tuition Reimbursement

You may read more about the MPS benefits at

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

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  What is the application process for MPS?

• Attending the virtual job fair will ensure that you receive contact from the Talent Management department of Milwaukee Public Schools. Out Talent Management team will contact you to discuss the positions in which you have expressed interest.
• However, the best way for you to apply is to complete an application prior to viewing the available positions.  You may apply to more than one position using the same application.
• If you are a previous applicant, you may sign in using the user name and password information you created and visit the different position categories.
• If you are visiting the MPS website for the first time, you must create a user account by clicking on the New User link. Once you have completed the required information, you will be redirected back to this page to select the position categories in which you are interested.
• Prior to application, you should gather electronic versions (preferably PDF) of your current resume (including updated phone number and email address), three letters of recommendation (each must be signed by the author and dated within the last 12 months), and official transcripts or proof of credits (if listed as a requirement for the position).

If you do not have the letters and the transcripts available, you may submit them after you apply but prior to hire.

  What is the hiring process for Milwaukee Public Schools?

All new employees, upon receipt of a job offer, will be required to undergo a background check (fingerprints included for teachers and individuals from out-of-state) and a physical which is comprised of a physical exam, a urine drug test and a TB questionnaire.

Applicants are also asked to provide letters of recommendation and transcripts when completing the applications. These items may be delivered when you come to sign your teaching contract or sign your new hire paperwork.

  How long does the hiring process take?

At MPS we do our best to streamline the process. However, much of the process is dependent upon the actions of the applicants. Once an offer is made, MPS schedules your background check. It is important for you to get your fingerprints (if required) done as quickly as possible. You may not move to the next stage until you complete the first stage.

Additionally, it is critical that you contact the clinic for your physical as soon as you receive the physical notification. If all goes smoothly, we can process applicants in approximately two weeks.

  How long do I need to wait for my benefits to be effective?

The wait time for benefits is the first of the month following one month of employment. There is an option of purchasing benefits to begin on your start date. Information on that option is available at in the Benefits summary.

  What are the growth opportunities available?

There are many growth opportunities, for staff at MPS. Teachers may take leadership positions within the school community or at Central Office. Teachers may apply for promotions that are posted; most MPS positions are posted internally and externally. Paraprofessionals may become educators or apply for other MPS opportunities.

  What kind of support is offered to new teachers?

• Regular coaching
• New teacher induction
• New Educator Institute (5 days before you start)
• New teacher mentoring
• School Support teachers in every school
• Training on culture & curriculum
• Frequent professional development and courses offered throughout the year
• Additional licensure opportunities through MPSU

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