The demand is increasing for high-quality, properly trained teachers at all grade levels and in all disciplines across Wisconsin and the nation. The Master of Science in Regular Education and Special Education prepares individuals who are seeking to transition from another career to that of professional educator. The program places special emphasis on preparing candidates to teach in diverse settings and to work with underrepresented populations.
This program prepares teachers to impact pupil learning through research-based methodologies and strong, positive relationships. The Kellner College of Education, Literacy and Leadership approaches teacher education as a reflective, rigorous process through which teacher candidates learn about themselves, their pupils and educational practice so our graduates can make the decisions necessary to impact pupil learning positively across all contexts and with all students.
Students must successfully complete the GS 503 Fundamentals of Research Methods course to earn a master's degree.
Teacher candidates are required to complete a recommended number of hours of field experiences in K-12 classrooms during regular school hours. A full semester of student teaching qualifies teacher candidates to apply for a teaching license in their chosen licensure area. Teacher candidates who are pursuing licensure at the K-9th grade level and the Special Education licensure must pass the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) to qualify for student teaching and licensure.
Stritch partnership schools will be used for field experience placements and the geographic location of teacher candidates will be used to determine student teaching placements.
The program offers three grade spans: initial teacher licensure in K-9th grade, K-12th grade or 4th-12th grade.
Five dual licensure areas include:
• Regular Education: Elementary and Middle School (Kindergarten-9th) & Special Education: Kindergarten through grade 12 Cross-Categorical Special Education
• Regular Education: Middle and High School (4th-12th) & Special Education: Kindergarten through grade 12 Cross-Categorical Special Education
• Regular Education: Elementary and Middle School & English as a Second Language: Elementary and Middle School
• Regular Education: Middle and High School (4th- 12th) & English as a Second Language: Middle and High School
• Regular Education: Kindergarten through grade 12 (Specific subjects: Art, Music, Theater, World Language) & English as a Second Language: Kindergarten through grade 12 (Specific subjects: Art, Music, Theater, World Language)
The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.