Leave a Legacy as an Inner-City Educator


Every student deserves passionate and talented teachers. Yet, because teacher turnover rates in urban school are statistically higher than in other settings, inner-city students in particular are yearning for highly qualified teachers who are committed to making a long-term difference in students’ lives.

Concordia’s Project INVEST program aims to increase the number of skilled teachers – particularly diverse teachers – in Milwaukee-area schools by streamlining the pathway to a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Wisconsin Teacher Certification.

The program is open to instructional aides or other non-licensed individuals who are already working in the classroom, and who have a desire to earn their bachelor’s and/or state certification.


Track Offerings

Project INVEST provides three different ways for individuals to truncate their pathway to a degree. Each track can be completed in as few as two years. Tracks are offered for:

  • Individuals with a bachelor’s degree seeking initial licenses
  • Individuals with at least 45 college credits seeking bachelor’s degrees and licenses
  • Individuals with a high school diploma or GED seeking an associate degree in education


Participating Schools

In order for you to apply for Project INVEST, your employer must be a participating school. Participating school districts contributes $1,000 per participant per year to help reduce the cost of tuition. If your school is not on the list, have your school administrator contact Project INVEST director, Sue Alexander, at Susan.Alexander@cuw.edu.

  • HOPE Christian Schools
  • LUMIN Schools
  • Milwaukee College Prep
  • Menomonee Falls School District
  • Brown Deer School District
  • Messmer Catholic Schools
  • Saint Anthony School
  • Seton Catholic Schools


Interested candidates may contact CUW Admissions Director Amber Schiessel at Amber.Schiessel@cuw.edu or Project INVEST Director Sue Alexander at Susan.Alexander@cuw.edu or 262-243-2136.