Certification/Degree Requirements

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


Requirements for Initial Teacher Certification

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

  • Teaching methods courses(taken by students pursuing both bilingual and learning disabilities certification)
    • MUE 502 Assessment and Instruction in Mathematics
    • MUE 504 Assessment and Instruction in Fine Arts
    • MUE 506 Assessment and Instruction in Science 
    • MUE 508 Assessment and Instruction in Social Studies
    • MUE 512 Language, Literacy, and Learning
    • MUE 514 Literacy and Learning in the Upper Grades
    • MUE 540 Seminar in Urban Education I
    • MUE 542 Seminar in Urban Education II
    • MUE 544 Seminar in Urban Education III

  • One semester of student teaching, plus additional coursework for either:
    • Bilingual Certification Only
      • MUE 594 Culture, Language and Education
      • MUE 596 Bilingual Methods and Assessment
    • Learning Disabilities Certification Only 
      • MUE 522 Identifying and Supporting Children with Learning Disabilities
      • MUE 524 Adaptations for Students with Learning Disabilities

  • 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 scores on the Praxis II (prior to student teaching)
  • Passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test (due prior to student teaching)


To be eligible for a Master Degree in Urban Education, you must meet all of these additional program requirements:

  • Bilingual Certification Master's Courses Only
    • MUE 592 Applied Linguistics
    • MUE590: History and Politics of Bilingual Education
    • MUE 614 Teacher Research
    • MUE 616 CaseStudy/Research
  • Learning Disabilities Certification Master's Courses Only
    • CEDU 549 Technology-Based Research and Statistics
    • MUE 602 Connecting Assessment and Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities
    • MUE 603 Introduction to Case Study Research
    • MUE 620 Case Study Research

Requirements for Graduation with Master's Degree

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

  • Earned the 32 (bilingual certification) or 34 (learning disabilities certification) credits required for certification, along with the eight or nine credits listed below, within seven consecutive academic years
  • A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, with no individual grade below a B- 
  • Conduct and present an action research project
  • Obtain faculty recommendation for graduation
  • Complete all requirements for the master’sdegree within seven consecutive academic years.
  • Proof of language proficiency (Bilingual certification)