The Driver and Safety Education Certification program provides training to instruct Driver Education within public, private, commercial and Technical Colleges throughout the state. Students will learn to teach the goals and outcomes of driver and traffic safety education. These goals include in-car instruction, including observation, curriculum development and practical experience behind-the-wheel; curriculum information selection, development and use, with observation and teaching activities and classroom curriculum development; problems of alcohol, drugs and addiction, the effects of physiological, psychological and sociological aspects, as well as how education programs are utilized within our community and schools; behavioral aspects in accident prevention using concepts and methods to understand the impact on unsatisfactory driver-related attitudes and behaviors; and basic concepts and principles of safety and loss prevention, with an emphasis on various teaching techniques relating to school and roadway safety and risk awareness.

Become a Driver Education Instructor

  • Overview
  • Is This Program for You?

    If you are interested in teaching our teenage population the correct method(s) of becoming safe, insightful, responsible drivers, then teaching Driver Education may be just what you’re looking for.

    Students entering Driver Education program should:

    • Enjoy teaching and interacting with teenagers and their parents.
    • Communicate well orally and in written form.
    • Be concise, purposeful, detailed and appropriate in all teaching situations.
    • Willing to work weekdays, weekends and evenings.
    • Remain calm and in control during emergency situations.
    • Have an excellent driving record and character background.

    Program Basics

    • Short-term diploma, qualifying for DPI Driver Education Certification (450) at the completion of all 3 courses.
    • Individually for continuing education courses or license re-newel purposes.
    • Fall, Spring or Summer start
    • Credit for prior learning may be available (transcripts required)
  • Curriculum & Costs
  • Requirements
  • Admission and Program Requirements

    • Submit Application and $30 Application Fee
    • Submit transcripts (college) for same/similar courses taken at other institutions to be considered as substitutions directly to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Annette L Biggin, Driver Education Coordinator, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore WI 53809

    Helpful Academic Background

    • Bachelor's and/or Master's degree in Education or other subjects
    • Current Driver Education license (for continuing education credit)
    • Employment with or retired from commercial driving school
    • Good verbal and non-verbal communication skills

    Program Fees

    • NOTE: This program is not eligible for financial aid.
    • Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
    • Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
  • Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes

    At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

    • Teach Driver Education classroom instruction.
    • Teach Driver Education in-car instruction.
  • Career Opportunities
  • The profession of driver education instructor is becoming increasingly to fill those positions left by aging and retiring individuals. Instructors are needed to educate our teen drivers correctly, concisely and with compassion, as well as re-educate our adult population as they age and are faced with problems that may carry over onto our roadways. Our graduates may look forward to employment within:

    • Public schools
    • Private schools
    • Commercial driving schools
    • Technical Colleges
    • Privately owned schools

    Students taking individual courses can fulfill their re-certification/ re-newel requirements for their teaching license or as training requirements for commercial and/or private driving schools.

    Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.