College of Education and Leadership

The College of Education and Leadership (COEL) at Cardinal Stritch University is well-known for offering innovative programs.  The University was the first institution in Southeast Wisconsin to introduce a Master of Arts Degree in reading and special education.  The College is known for its cutting edge leadership programs, which have won numerous awards.

The College of Education and Leadership is also known for educating teachers and leaders.  The College offered the first literacy program in the state of Wisconsin.  With a commitment to social justice, the College of Education and Leadership offers a variety of degree programs as well as neighborhood projects within all facets of the community.

To understand the diversity of issues in the urban, suburban, and rural communities, the College of Education and Leadership has built genuine relationships with stakeholders within the communities, and has constructed a vision that supports growth and sustainability.

College of Education and Leadership, The Mission, The Charge
Like most other states in the Union the state of Wisconsin is suffering from a teacher and educational leader shortage.   The College of Education and Leadership has always been a pioneer in teacher and leader preparation, especially among private institutions of higher education in Wisconsin.  Aligned with the mission of the institution and in response to creating caring communities of educators, the College has undertaken the charge of making innovative revisions to already successful programs to better address the state’s needs for educators.  More importantly, we have made it our mission to offer programs that ensure the smooth and successful transition of our students through their programs of choice at different levels, so they can achieve their mission of becoming teachers and school leaders.

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About the College

The College of Education and Leadership consists of two Divisions:  The Teacher Education Division and the Leadership Division. The two divisions are united by a common mission, which is to transform lives and communities by preparing educators and leaders who can educate all students and serve all communities.
 

Teacher Education Division

The Teacher Education Division strives to prepare educators and specialists who can serve in different capacities of teaching or specialty positions. The Teacher Education Division includes programs leading to initial licensure at the undergraduate and graduate level, programs leading to specializations in literacy, pupil services, ESL, bilingual education and special education, and a program in student affairs in higher education at the Master’s and Doctoral level.  Through the Urban Initiatives, the Division offers programs in partnership with urban school districts that prepare educators who can educate and serve inner-city schools and students.
 

Leadership Division

The Leadership Division prepares and sustains leaders who are catalysts for positive transformation of individuals, organizations, and communities.  Programs in the Leadership Division nurture and enhance leadership in the educational, political, charitable, and corporate sectors through degree programs, workshops, conferences, and speakers.  The Division of Leadership offers programs at the Master and Doctoral levels.  The Principals’ Center offers leadership development opportunities to practitioners in the field.

The College of Education and Leadership offers certification programs in a wide variety of areas ranging from teaching to administration.


Certification programs are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. All certification programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for licensure.

Undergraduate programs lead to teacher certification and a bachelor’s degree. Graduate programs include options for certification plus a master’s degree and certification only.

 

Undergraduate Programs

Wisconsin DPI Certification Program at Stritch
Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Regular Education (Grades Pre K to 6) Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Regular Education (Grades 1 to 8) Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Early Adolescence: Adolescence in Subject Area (Grades 6 to 12) Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education
Early Childhood: Adolescence in Art Spanish or Theater (Grades Pre K to 12) Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education
Dual Certification in Regular Education and Special Education- Cross Categorical (Grades 1 to 8) Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Dual Certification in Regular Education and Special Education- Cross Categorical (Grades 6 to 12) Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education
Special Education – Cross Categorical (Grades 1 to 8) Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Special Education – Cross Categorical (Grades 6 to 12) Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education
 

Graduate Programs

Wisconsin DPI Certification Program at Stritch
Bilingual Certification Master of Arts in Urban Education
Special Education - Cross Categorical Master of Arts in Inclusive Education
Master of Arts in Urban Special Education
Director of Instruction Master of Science in Educational Leadership
Director of Special Education & Pupil Services Director of Pupil Services Licensure
Dual Certification in Regular Education and Special Education - Cross Categorical Master of Arts in Inclusive Education
Early Adolescence: Adolescence in Subject Area (Grades 6 to 12) Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary
Early Childhood: Adolescence in Art, Spanish, French or Theater (Grades Pre K to 12) Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary
Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Regular Education (Grades Pre K to 6) Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary
Master of Arts in Urban Education
Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Regular Education (Grades 1 to 8) Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary
Master of Arts in Urban Education
Principal Master of Science in Educational Leadership
Reading Specialist 316 Reading Teacher Certification/M.A. in Language and Literacy
Reading Teacher 316 Reading Teacher Certification/M.A. in Language and Literacy 
Superintendent District Administrator Licensure
 

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Teacher and administrator candidates are required to apply for a teacher or administrator license on line through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) Educator Licensing On line (ELO) system.

When you complete a licensure program through Cardinal Stritch University, the Stritch Certifying Officer will submit your eligibility information to DPI’s ELO system. You must wait to apply for your license until your eligibility information has been submitted. The Certifying Officer will let you know when your eligibility information has been submitted. 

If you finished a certification program at Cardinal Stritch University prior to November 30, 2013  and would like to apply for a license online, please contact the Certification Officer at (414) 410-4331 or OFE@stritch.edu.

To apply for your Wisconsin Educator license through the Wisconsin DPI ELO system, click here.
 
For information about renewing an existing Wisconsin teacher or administrator license, click here.
 
For more information about the Wisconsin Educator licensing process, click here.

The College of Education and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). As of July 31, 2013, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the accrediting body for educator preparation. NCATE accreditation has been transferred to CAEP.

The college’s NCATE accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that students who earn a degree in education from Stritch are high performing teachers who can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.

The college is also approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to offer licensure programs in education.

View the most recent Title II report card  and recent test pass rates.

 

Cardinal Stritch University is proud of its history in preparing Wisconsin teachers and administrators. We have been NCATE accredited for over 30 years and our licensure programs have always been approved by the Wisconsin DPI, which proves the quality of rigor of our education programs.

In 2011, The Wisconsin State Legislature passed Act 166, which requires the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to produce an annual report of the State’s educator preparation programs (EPP). The report must include information on program completers and first time passage rates on the state required performance assessments.

The first report, 2013 Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Annual Report, provides information on candidates who completed a Wisconsin EPP between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012 and were endorsed for Wisconsin licensure. It also provides valuable information on completers who applied for Wisconsin licensure and their employment in Wisconsin Public Schools the subsequent year. The annual report includes aggregated statewide data on all Wisconsin test takers during the report year.

The data presented here is a small portion of data we use to evaluate and improve our programs on an annual basis. We are excited about the release of this data, and future data related to test scores and employment that will help us improve our programs even further. While this data offers us a good first step, we are open to discussing the release of even more data at the state and national level with DPI and our accreditors.

If you have any questions on the data presented by the Annual Report, please contact coel@stritch.edu.

The purpose of the Advisory Board is to support the vision of the College of Education and Leadership through its advocacy to internal and external professional communities. The collective vision of the COEL is to create, implement, sustain, and support exemplary models and practices in education and leadership that meet the needs of local, state, regional, national and international communities. The Board’s expertise will be utilized in several ways:

  1. Collaborate with the Dean and Advancement Office in friend raising campaigns that will support the growth of the College
  2. Advise the College concerning best practices and employment trends so faculty can effectively plan for new program/course development and incorporate curriculum changes that will allow our graduates to be competent and competitive in a global society,
  3. Work with the dean and faculty in helping to formulate long-term plans by participating in special projects/initiatives.
  4. Present the collective views and work of the College to the University administration or other internal and external entities.

Role of Advisory Board:

  • Spread the message of the mission and vision of the COEL throughout the local and greater community.
  • Advise on present development of the work of the programs within the College as well as the College collectively
  • Guidance on future expansion and growth of the College
  • Assist in friend raising activities to support the work of the College
  • Meet as a board at least two times a year at a common meeting place

Requirements:

  • Good reputation in the community, and willingness to serve the community selflessly
  • Believe in the vision and mission of the College and University
  • Intrinsic interest in promoting the principles, practices and values of Cardinal Stritch University
  • Connectivity through email and/or other forms of electronic networking

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