Certification/Degree Requirements

M.A. Special Education (Initial Certification)

Requirements for Certification Only

To be eligible for Wisconsin teacher certification, you must meet all of these program requirements:

  • Teaching methods courses in Stritch's 42 credit Master of Arts (M.A.) in Special Education (initial certification) program
  • One semester of student teaching
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction General Education Requirements
    (undergraduate level courses from previous institutions may be used to satisfy these requirements):
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Mathematics
    • Biological Science
    • Physical Science
    • Literature/Humanities
    • General Psychology
    • Fine Arts/Humanities
    • Western World History
    • Non-Western World History
  • Passing scores on all three sections of the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST), or passing score on ACT, SAT, or GRE test.
  • Passing score on the Praxis II Test(prior to student teaching)

Requirements for Graduation with Master's Degree

To qualify for graduation from the M.A. in Special Education (initial certification) degree program, you must also have:

  • A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, with no individual grade below a B-
  • Earned the 42 credits required for certification, including a minimum of 30 EMA/SED graduate credits, along with the seven to nine credits listed below, within seven consecutive academic years