Master of Arts in Teaching - Elementary

Earn a Wisconsin teacher licensure or Master of Arts (M.A.) in Elementary and Middle School education.

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program is an accelerated, post-baccalaureate teacher licensure program specifically designed to meet the needs of the returning adult student. It prepares students for teacher licensure and a master's degree in elementary, middle or high school education. The program combines classroom instruction with field experience in Pre K-12 schools. Completion of a full semester student teaching placement qualifies students to apply for a teaching license in their chosen area just 18 months after starting the program.

The M.A. in Teaching program is available in Milwaukee and Madison. An integral aspect of both the licensure process and master's degree coursework is the development of a professional portfolio. This portfolio will evolve through the course of the program and is designed to meet the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requirements for teacher licensure and renewal. Currently licensed teachers who wish to add an elementary or secondary license can also do so through Stritch's M.A. in Teaching program. Licensed teachers can choose a “license only” or a “license with Master’s Degree” option in one of the M.A. in Teaching licensure areas.

Courses Are Available

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Requirements for Elementary/Middle Licensure Only

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

  • Teaching methods courses in Stritch's 32 credit Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching program
  • Field experience placements totaling 50 hours over two semesters
  • One semester of student teaching, included in Stritch's 32 credit M.A. in Teaching program
  • Certifiable subject minor course work, if pursuing Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) licensure
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction General Education Requirements: Written Communication, Oral Communication, Mathematics Biological Science, Physical Science, Literature/Humanities, General Psychology, Fine Arts/Humanities, Western World History, and Non-Western World History.
  • Passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) (due prior to student teaching)
  • Passing score on the edTPA (prior to licensure)

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 32 credits required for licensure, along with at least eight credits from the options, 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

  • HESA 550 Fundamentals of Research
  • Two courses from an option to be discussed with advisor
If you have completed the licensure portion of the MAT program and you are ready to complete your master’s degree, find out more about the degree completion and registration information.

Application Process and Requirements


Academic and Professional Requirements 

  • Prior Education
    • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
    • A grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (probationary acceptance may be granted).
  • Professional Credential and Competency
    • A valid Wisconsin teaching license is required for the Extended Licensure Track only.

Admissions Application and Transcripts

  • Complete the Admissions Application
    Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online. Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis, however, for priority admission consideration please submit all materials by:
    • July 15 for the fall semester
    • December 1 for the spring semester
  • Request Transcripts
    • Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. Cardinal Stritch University alumni and current students should inquire with the admission counselor about locating transcripts already on file.
    • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. Request the official report from ECE or WES to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Allow time for the evaluation to be completed since it could take up to 4-6 weeks to be created.
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Two Attitude and Disposition Questionnaires

Attitude and disposition questionnaires should be completed by two individuals who know you in a professional or academic relationship (i.e., supervisors, colleagues, advisors).

Personal Essay

Your personal essay should be typed, double-spaced and two pages in length. Please tell us why you want to pursue teaching or a new licensure, the path you have taken to get here, and the dedication you will have to the program.

Send Application Materials to Admissions

Submit the application online and have additional materials sent to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate Admissions
6801 N. Yates Road, #516
Milwaukee, WI  53217-3985

Contact Your Counselor


Begin the admission process with Kristina or contact her to follow-up on your current application.

Kristina Meekins

(414) 410-4061 or (800) 347-8822
kameekins@stritch.edu

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