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)

Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)
Request that an official copy of your PPST scores be sent to our Office of Graduate Admissions.
The Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 34 requires that all candidates in an  initial licensure program pass the PPST in reading, writing and math.  The passing score for each test is: Reading 175, Writing 174, Math 173.

These tests are administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Tests may be taken in either a paper-and-pencil format or via computer at a Prometric Testing Center. Registration for the PPST is required online at

  • Computer version: The computer tests are offered by appointment at Prometric Testing Centers. (Official scores are available 2 to 3 weeks after taking the tests.)
  • Paper-and-pencil version: The paper version of the tests is offered  at limited times throughout the year at various sites around the state. (Official scores are available four to six weeks after taking the tests.)

PLATO® Learning is an online instructional support and test preparation program offering assessment and lessons directly related to the Praxis I: PPST math, reading and writing sections. Applicants to Stritch’s initial teaching certification programs may use this program free of charge. Contact your admission counselor for password and log-in directions. In addition, study guides for the PPST are available in many libraries, or may be purchased at most bookstores, online or through ETS.

ACT Test*
Composite Score of 23 with minimum score of 20 on English, Math, and Reading

SAT Test*
Composite Score of 1070 with minimum score of 450 on Math and Verbal

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)

*After September 1, 2013, students can use ACT, SAT, or GRE scores in place of the PPST. 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. Students must have received the following scores within 5 years of the acceptance date into their education program. 

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.