Application Checklist

M.A. Special Education (Initial Certification)

Please send all application materials to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Office of Graduate Admissions, Box 437
6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217-3985

Application for Admission to the M.A. in Special Education (initial certification) program

Apply online (the application fee is waived for those who apply online).

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts (from every college or university attended) must be submitted in a sealed envelope directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. We suggest that you request your transcripts as soon as possible. Your application cannot be reviewed until we have them in hand. It is not necessary to request transcripts for work that you completed at Cardinal Stritch University.

Official Test Scores (must submit scores for one of the following tests)

Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)
Request that an official copy of your Core scores be sent to our Office of Graduate Admissions.

As of September 1, 2014, the Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 34 requires that all candidates in an initial licensure program pass the Core in reading, writing and math. The passing score for each test is: Reading 156, Writing 162, Math 150.

These tests are administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Tests are offered by appointment at Prometric Testing Centers. Official scores are available 2 to 3 weeks after taking the tests. Registration for the Core is required online at

Applicants who earned passing scores on a Praxis I/PPST subtest prior to September 1, 2014, may submit those scores in place of the Core. Applicants may be admitted with a combination of passing scores on the Praxis/PPST and Core tests. Contact the Graduate Admissions office for more information.

ACT Test*
Composite Score of 23 with minimum score of 20 on English, Math, and Reading (scores must have been received within 5 years of the acceptance date into this education program)

SAT Test*
Composite Score of 1070 with minimum score of 450 on Math and Verbal (scores must have been received within 5 years of the acceptance date into this education program)

GRE Revised General Test*
Composite Score of 298 with minimum score of 150 on Verbal and 145 on Math (only scores after 8/11/11 will be accepted)

*Applicants can use ACT, SAT, or GRE scores in place of the Core. Request that an official copy of your ACT, SAT, or GRE scores be sent to our Office of Graduate Admissions, unless it is already on file with Stritch.

Two Attitude and Disposition Questionnaire

Attitude and disposition questionnaires should be completed by two individuals who know you in a professional or academic relationship (i.e., supervisors, colleagues, advisors).

Personal Essay

Your personal essay should be typed, double-spaced and two pages in length. Please tell us why you want to pursue teaching, the path you have taken to get here, and the dedication you will have to the program.

Stritch does not have an application deadline. However, for priority admission consideration, please submit application materials by:

  • July 15 for the fall semester
  • Dec.1 for the spring semester

Financial Aid

Individuals interested in applying for a Federal Student Loan should follow the steps for the graduate financial aid process.