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

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.