Master of Arts in Urban Special Education, Initial Licensure


The Master of Arts in Urban Special Education program is designed for students seeking to be certified in Cross Categorical Special Education at the middle and high school level and desire to teach in diverse settings and urban environments. Unique to our program is the assignment of a mentor to each teacher candidate throughout the duration of the program. The mentor supports each teacher candidate within their classroom on a weekly basis and helps them navigate their role as a special education teacher as well as apply the content they are learning in their university courses. Students are able to obtain licensure grades 1-8 or 6-12.

 

Courses Are Available

Face to Face
Hybrid
Evening
Main Campus

Program Details

●  Credits: 24 for licensure only (additional 8 credits for the MA degree)
​●  Cost per Credit: $680 (2017-18)

Additional Information

The Master of Arts in Urban Special Education is designed for students who want to obtain a Cross Categorical Special Education (#801) license. Licensure may be earned at either the Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence (1-8th grade) or Early Adolescence to Adolescent level (6-12th grade).  This is a post-baccalaureate program for individuals who desire to work with learners in special education programs in high need schools.  It has an urban focus that aims to prepare teachers to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.

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 (conditional acceptance may be granted)

Professional Credentials and Competency
  • Access to classroom environment for at least 4 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


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.

    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. 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, 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
    admissions@stritch.edu

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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Funding Your Education

Stritch is competitively priced to make graduate education affordable. Counselors in our Financial Aid Office know that each student is unique and they are dedicated to helping identify ways to help students fund their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.

 

Alumni Network

Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of close to 37,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.

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