Scholarship Types

Find the scholarship that matches your educational needs.

Credential Scholarship

A scholarship that assists in obtaining professional credentials awarded by Wisconsin Registry:

  • After School and Youth Development Credential: a 12-credit specialization for teachers working in out-of-school-time programs with children between the ages of five through twelve.
  • Diversity Credential: This 12-credits credential offers the opportunity to learn skills and strategies to work with children and families from diverse cultural backgrounds, building on their assets and cultures, and culturally appropriate guidance and curriculum.
  • Early Childhood Leadership Credential: a 12-credit specialization for growing leaders, building leadership capacity, and encouraging networking, collaboration and engagement among those working to make a lasting difference for children, families, and the early childhood profession.
  • Family Child Care Credential: a 12-credit specialization designed specifically for family child care providers or individuals seeking to become family child care providers. This credential can also serve as a pathway to an associate’s degree.
  • Inclusion Credential: a 12-credit specialization designed to build the skills, knowledge, resources and attitudes to successfully work with all children, including those with special needs.
  • Infant Toddler Professional Credential: a 12-credit specialization that provides an excellent introduction to the care and education of infants and toddlers.
  • Professional Credential for Child Care Administrators: an 18-credit specialization helpful to both new and veteran directors and administrators, family child care providers and school-age group leaders and care administrators.
  • Professional Credential for Preschool Teachers: an 18-credit specialization comprised of 6 courses. This credential can be an entry point for achieving an Associates degree
  • Program Development Credential: a 12-credit specialization for individuals responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating an early care and education program, a role that may cover both management and leadership functions of an administrator, director, or teacher.
  • Supporting Dual Language Learners is a 12-credit specialization designed to help early childhood educators better understand the unique traits and needs of young children whose primary language is one other than English. This credential is in response to a continuing shift in U.S. demographics towards a growing number of dual language learners.


Details on Cost-Sharing for the Credential Scholarship

The 3 to 8 Credits Scholarship

A flexible scholarship designed for providers who may take a variety of courses (between 3 and 8 credits over 3 semesters) through Wisconsin colleges. Can be used up to two times.


Reasons for choosing this scholarship might be to:

  • meet entry-level licensing requirements
  • meet YoungStar educational requirements
  • satisfy training required for a Child Development Associate Credential or the Wisconsin School Age Credential
  • test one’s comfort with going back to school
  • strengthen a particular skill area
  • complete coursework needed to finish a degree
  • complete coursework required to receive “credits for prior learning”
  • achieve the Registry level needed to be eligible for the REWARD Wisconsin Stipend Program and/or
  • renew DPI teacher licensure


Details on Cost-Sharing for the 3 to 8 Credit Scholarship

Associate’s Degree Scholarship and Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship

Recipients agree to complete between 9 to 30 credits toward the Early Childhood Education Associate Degree in a one-year (3-semester) time period. The scholarships include core early childhood education courses and general education courses required for degree completion. Scholarships may be renewed annually contingent on funding and the recipient continuing to meet eligibility requirements. 


T.E.A.C.H. supports bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education. If the school you are interested in does not offer that degree, please contact T.E.A.C.H. to discuss what options may be available.  To be eligible for a bachelor’s degree scholarship, you must have previously completed an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or equivalent credits.


Details on Cost-Sharing for an Associate’s Degree

Details on Cost Sharing for a Bachelor’s Degree

Master’s Degree Scholarship

T.E.A.C.H. supports the 7 Early Childhood Education focused Master’s Degree programs listed below.  Scholarship recipients choose to complete a range of 9-18 or 19-30 credits in a 3 semester time frame.  Tuition will be supported at the undergraduate level for public universities and capped at $335/credit at private colleges.  Students will be responsible for any tuition above and beyond remaining due to the college.  Applicants must have previously completed a Bachelor’s degree to be eligible for the Master’s scholarship. 

  • Alverno College – MA in Education with Birth – 3rd grade licensure
  • Carroll University – MEd in Teaching and Learning with Instructional Coaching and Teacher Leadership
  • Concordia University – MS in Education Teaching & Learning:  EC and ELEM Initial Licensure
  • UW-Madison – MS in Curriculum and Instruction with research focus
  • UW-Milwaukee – MS in Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education
  • UW-Stevens Point – MS in Education with an Early Childhood Special Education add on certificate
  • UW-Whitewater – MS in Education in Early Childhood Education Policy


Details on Cost Sharing for the Master’s Degree Scholarship

Apprenticeship Scholarship

The Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship program is a 2-year training program offered through the Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Technical College system.  Apprentices who meet T.E.A.C.H. eligibility requirements may apply for the Apprenticeship Scholarship.  This scholarship is a one year contract, and may be renewed as funding and center sponsorship allows, in order for the apprentice to complete the required 27 credit curriculum.  Scholarship applicants must be accepted into the Apprenticeship program and submit their letter of admission into the Apprenticeship program along with the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship application.  More information on the Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship program may be found here. 


Details on Cost Sharing for the Apprenticeship Scholarship

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