Admission Requirements

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Urban Education


To qualify for admission to graduate studies at Cardinal Stritch University, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • A grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (conditional acceptance may be granted)
  • Passing scores in all three sections of the Praxis Core (A passing score within the past 5 years on the ACT, SAT or GRE can be accepted in place of the Praxis Core. Please see the program handbook for detailed information regarding passing scores) No exceptions are made to this requirement. Students may retake test sections as many times as necessary to achieve a passing score
  • Passing score on either the Praxis II: Elementary Content (for EC-MC: PK-6th grade certification level)  OR the Praxis II: Middle School Content Knowledge Test  (for MC-EA: 1-8 certification level)
  • Access to classroom environment for at least 3.5 hours per day (either through current employment working under emergency licensure, as a paraprofessional or volunteer hours) and full-day access for one semester of student teaching
  • Applicants educated outside of the U.S. must follow academic admission procedures relating to English ability and credential evaluation described on the International Admissions webpage

To gain full admission to the Urban Educator Initial Certification program, candidates must also provide:

  • Two attitude and disposition questionnaires
  • A personal essay, not more than two pages in length, outlining candidates’ reasons for seeking teacher certification, life experiences that may have affected this career choice, and why candidates would like to become an urban educator. For Teach for America applicants, in place of this essay, narratives submitted to Teach for America may be submitted.

To gain admission to the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Urban Education program, you must also provide:

  • Passing scores on the Core, or passing score on the ACT, SAT, or GRE test within the last 5 years.
  • Proof of access to a classroom environment for at least three and one-half hours per day for two semesters during the program (either through current employment working under emergency licensure, as a paraprofessional or through volunteer hours) and full-day access for one semester of student teaching.
  • Two attitude and disposition questionnaires from professionals who have served in a supervisory capacity and can attest to your likelihood for success in the program
  • A personal essay, not more than two pages in length, outlining your reasons for seeking teacher certification, life experiences that may have affected this career choice, and the reasons you are interested in becoming an urban educator