Certification/Degree Requirements - Elementary/Middle

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching


Requirements for Elementary/Middle Certification Only

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

  • Teaching methods courses in Stritch's 38 credit Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching program
  • Field experience placements totaling 100 hours over two semesters
  • One semester of student teaching, included in Stritch's 38 credit M.A. in Teaching program
  • Certifiable subject minor course work, if pursuing Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence (1-8) certification
  • 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 the Praxis I: Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST), or passing score on the ACT, SAT, or GRE test (prior to program admission)
  • Passing score on the Praxis II (prior to student teaching)
  • Passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test (due prior to student teaching)

Required Courses for Early Childhood-Middle Childhood or Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Certification only

  • EMA 500 EC-MC & MC-EA Seminar I
  • EMA 511 EC-MCE & MC-EA Fundamentals of Instruction and Assessment
  • EMA 523 Pre-K-Primary Theories of Literacy and Learning
  • EMA 530 EC-MC & MC-EA Field Experience I
  • EMA 535 EC-MC & MC-EA Classroom Management and Cultural Diversity
  • EMA 543 EC-MC & MC-EA Math Methods
  • EMA 544 EC-MC & MC-EA Science Methods
  • EMA 546 EC-MC & MC-EA Social Studies Methods
  • EMA 547 EC-MC & MC-EA Fine Arts Methods
  • EMA 550 EC-MC & MC-EA Benchmark I
  • EMA 551 EC-MC & MC-EA Advanced Elementary/Middle Methods
  • EMA 563 Upper Elementary/Middle Literacy and Learning
  • EMA 570 EC-MC & MC-EA Field Experience II
  • EMA 575 EC-MC & MC-EA Advanced Classroom Management
  • EMA 580 EC-MC & MC-EA Seminar II
  • EMA 581 EC-MC & MC-EA Benchmark II
  • EMA 591 Student Teaching: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood OR EMA 592 Student Teaching: Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence
  • EMA 604 Professional Development Seminar


Requirements for Graduation with Master's Degree

To qualify for graduation from the M.A. in Teaching degree program, you must also have:

  • Earned the 38 credits required for certification, along with the eight credits listed below, within seven consecutive academic years
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, with no individual grade below a B-

Required Courses for Master's Degree

  • CED 549 Technology-Based Research and Statistics
  • EDM 624 Research Methodology
  • EDM 634 Action Research Application

If you have completed the certification portion of the MAT program and you are ready to complete your master’s degree, click here for the degree completion and registration information.