Teacher Education

This page is intended to provide information to teachers, school district administrators and other interested persons about the teacher education institutions approved by the Educational Approval Program.

The Educational Approval Program (EAP) is a postsecondary education agency that exists to protect Wisconsin consumers by regulating for-profit postsecondary schools like the University of Phoenix and out-of-state, non-profit colleges and universities like Aurora University and Lesley University1.

Currently, the Educational Approval Program has approved the following institutions to offer higher education degrees and/or licensure programs to Wisconsin residents.  To view a spreadsheet of EAP-approved institutions' degree and licensure programs, please download the following file, EAP-Approved Schools Index .

  • American College of Education
  • Ashford University
  • Aurora University
  • Capella University
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Fielding Graduate University
  • Graceland University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Lesley University
  • Loyola University of Chicago
  • National-Louis University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • National Teachers and Educators College
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Quincy University
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • Saint Xavier University
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Walden University

The EAP approval process reviews the institutions' capabilities and the quality of their programs. We do this by requiring an institution to be bonded and submit annual financial statements, ensuring facilities meet health and safety standards, checking the qualifications of instructors, reviewing the programs for meeting quality standards and more.

You can find out more about the above-listed teacher education institutions (including approved programs and approved teaching locations) by conducting a search for a particular school.

As PI 34 and its new teacher licensure structure is implemented, local school districts will be making more decisions about courses/credits/programs taken by teachers. The EAP can be a valuable resource to help you determine the viability and quality of credits and degree programs offered by out-of-state colleges and universities.

1 The EAP does not regulate UW or technical college institutions, or in-state private non-profit institutions like Marquette University and Cardinal Stritch University that were incorporated before January 1, 1992.

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