Certification/Degree Requirements

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


The program has two possible tracks: initial teacher licensure.

                      Early Childhood (Early Childhood-Middle Childhood: birth-age 11/PK-6th)


                      Bilingual certification track which begins with initial teacher licensure in Regular Education at one of two levels:  EC-MC: ages birth-11, PK-6th grade;  OR MC-EA: ages 6-2/13, 1st-8th grade.  Bilingual certification requires additional coursework and proof of language proficiency.


Credit Requirements

Early Childhood track

Certification in Early Childhood-Middle Childhood: 28 credits

Certification in Early Childhood-Middle Childhood with Master of Arts in Urban Education: 32 credits


Bilingual track

Initial certification in Regular Education: 31 credits

Adding Bilingual certification to regular education: 37 credits

To add Master of Arts in Urban Education to either of the above: 4 additional credits

  • MA degree with initial cert: 35 credits
  • MA degree with initial cert and bilingual cert: 41 credits
  • 31 credits for initial  teacher certification / 4 additional credits for Master Degree

Requirements for Initial Teacher Certification

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

Regular Education coursework

  • MUE 540 Field Experience Urban Ed I
  • MUE 503 Methods for Early Childhood (Early Childhood cert only)
  • MUE 596 Bilingual methods (Bilingual cert only)
  • MUE 542 Field Experience in Urban Ed II
  • MUE 512 Language, Literacy, and Learning
  • MUE 514 Literacy and Learning in the Upper Grades
  • EMA 541 Elementary/Middle Content Methods
  • MUE 592 Applied Linguistics  (Bilingual cert only)
  • MUE  530.531 One semester of Student Teaching (full days required)
  • EMA 604 Professional Development Seminar

Plus additional coursework for optional bilingual certification:

MUE 594 Culture, Language and Education

MUE 590 History and Politics of Bilingual Education


Certification Requirements for Initial Teacher Licensure

  • Passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test (due prior to student teaching)
  • Complete and successfully pass a semester of student teaching
  • Successfully complete the Wisconsin Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
  • For bilingual certification: Proof of language proficiency / bilingual portfolio


Master Degree requirements

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

  • MUE 606: Introduction to Research
  • MUE 620: Action Research


Requirements for Graduation with Master's Degree

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

  • A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, with no individual grade below a B-
  • Complete an action research project and participate in a Portfolio Presentation session
  • Obtain faculty recommendation for graduation
  • Complete all requirements for the master’s degree within seven consecutive academic years.