Certification/Degree Requirements - Secondary

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching


Requirements for Secondary Education 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 major course work
  • 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)

Required Courses for Early Adolescence-Adolescence or Early Childhood-Adolescence Certification Only

  • EMA 501 EA-A & EC-A Seminar I
  • EMA 513 EA-A & EC-A Fundamentals of Instruction and Assessment
  • EMA 525 Adolescent Literature and Learning with Multimedia Texts
  • EMA 531 EA-A & EC-A Field Experience I
  • EMA 536 EA-A & EC-A Classroom Management and Cultural Diversity
  • EMA 548 Advanced Curriculum Planning in Specific Content Areas
  • EMA 553 EA-A & EC-A Benchmark I
  • EMA 554 EA-A & EC-A Methods, Assessment, and Unit Writing
  • EMA 566 Literacy and Learning in the Content Areas
  • EMA 571 EA-A & EC-A  Field Experience II
  • EMA 576 EA-A & EC-A Advanced Classroom Management
  • EMA 582 EA-A & EC-A Seminar II
  • EMA 583 EA-A & EC-A Benchmark II
  • EMA 593 Student Teaching: Early Adolescence-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
  • CED 624 Research Methodology
  • CED 634 Action Research Application