MA Teaching

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching degree program is an accelerated, post-baccalaureate teacher certification program specifically designed to meet the needs of the returning adult student.


The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and want to obtain a teaching licensure. The program, tied to the Wisconsin Teacher Standards, has a dual emphasis: to provide initial certification in PreK-12 education and to offer a master’s degree. Integral aspects of the program are the development of a professional portfolio and field experiences, both of which evolve throughout the course of the program and are designed to meet the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction PI 34 requirements for teacher licensure and renewal.

The initial teacher certification program prepares candidates for their first day as a teacher. Stritch has perfected a curriculum that prepares students to be both effective and engaging teachers, learning not only from classroom instruction, but also through field experience in PreK-12 schools.

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Program Format

The program combines classroom instruction with field experience in PreK-12 schools. Completion of a full semester student teaching placement qualifies students to apply for a teaching license in their chosen area 16 months after starting the program. Current, licensed teachers who wish to add an elementary or secondary license can also do so through the program.

Certification courses are offered in the evening in a year-round format and utilize a cohort model. Students complete the coursework and student teaching in approximately 16 months. The optional master’s degree courses are typically completed after a student secures a teaching position. Students can choose from courses offered on campus, Madison, or online, providing students with the flexibility needed to complete their master’s degree program while working.

During the first 12 months of the program students are required to complete 25 hours of field experience per semester before student teaching. Teachers of record will complete field experience hours in their own classroom.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face
  • Hybrid/Blended

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition.

Application Requirements

  • Complete an admissions application, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • For full acceptance, passing scores in all three sections of the Praxis Core (a passing score within the past 10 years on the ACT, SAT or GRE can be accepted in place of the Praxis Core). Students not meeting passing score admissions requirements may be eligible for conditional admittance. Licensed teachers are exempt from the testing requirement.
  • A valid Wisconsin teaching license is required for the Extended Certification track only
  • Official transcripts
  • (If your prior education was not conducted in English) Passing scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program
  • Two attitude and disposition questionnaires
  • A personal essay

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