Find Campus and Online Wisconsin Teaching Degree Programs

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School Level Program Admissions

University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website
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Wisconsin teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. If it’s a teacher-based bachelor degree, the individual can obtain certification and licensure.

For non-teaching bachelor's degrees, the individual must complete a complete an education preparation program so that he or she may obtain a teaching license.

Wisconsin has several colleges and universities that offer teaching programs and alternative teacher education degrees.

  • 2 teaching programs in Wisconsin accredited by CAEP
  • Consider an Online Bachelor of Education, as there are 0 CAEP-accredited Bachelor's degrees
  • Consider an Online M.Ed. degree. There are not any CAEP-accredited Master's degrees in Wisconsin

General requirements for an educator license in Wisconsin are at least a Bachelor's degree, completion of a state-approved educator preparation program that includes all statutory and testing requirements for Wisconsin. A satisfactory background check result is also necessary. There are multiple ways to meet the requirements. Different pathways lead to different licensure tiers.

Requirements to Teach in Wisconsin

Candidates can be high school graduates hoping to become teachers, working adults looking for a career change, adults returning to college, out-of-state applicants relocating to Wisconsin, or Wisconsin educators seeking additional licensure.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires demonstration of content knowledge proficiency in specific license areas. Initially, the Provisional Educator License is issued to educators who complete the educator preparation program. It is valid for three years and can be renewed. Lifetime Educator Licenses are issued to teachers who complete six semesters of teaching and all statutory requirements. Completing the Wisconsin Master Educator Assessment Process or earning a National Certification by National Board of Professionals Teaching Standards earns a Master Educator License.

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School Level Program Admissions

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website
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Scholarships and Financial Aid Available

The Higher Education Aids Board is the Wisconsin agency responsible for managing and overseeing the student financial aid system. Financial aid includes grants, scholarships, and loan programs. The applicant must be a Wisconsin resident, have a GED or high school diploma, be enrolled in a certificate or undergraduate degree program, and be attending a non-profit university or college. Male students are required to register with the U.S. Selective Service System.

Data from the FAFSA is used to determine need-based financial aid program eligibility. The Wisconsin Grant assists undergraduates enrolled a minimum of half-time in a certificate or degree program at the University of Wisconsin, Tribal institutions, or Wisconsin Technical College. There is also a grant for private non-profit schools in Wisconsin. It is partially based on the tuition over the University of Wisconsin tuition. An Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors with the highest GPA in each private and public high school in the state.

Requirements to Qualify for In-State Tuition

Wisconsin is a state where earning in-state status is for tuition is challenging. The biggest complication is rigorous financial requirements that stipulate absolute financial independence as well as full-time employment, and no financial help from anyone. Many universities see having a co-signer for a loan as financial support. The state conducts random audits after residency is established. Failing an audit can cause loss of in-state status and retroactive charging of out-of-state tuition.

Despite the harsh regulations, some people's situations permit in-state status - those individuals need to tread lightly and be prepared to provide proof of every claim made. Wisconsin is a Midwest Student Exchange Program member that offers a rate of tuition that does not exceed 150 percent of in-state tuition. Reciprocity is not guaranteed. There are specific study programs that must be taken to qualify. Each participating university can establish requirements of their own or limit their involvement.

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School Level Program Admissions

University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website

George Mason University

Master Master of Education in Special Education Website
CAEP Accredited Teaching Programs

List of CAEP-Accredited Teaching Degrees in Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin At Whitewater
Whitewater
CAEP
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychology NASP
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie
CAEP
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in School Psychology NASP

Online Teaching Degrees in WI

Cardinal Stritch University offers an online master’s degree in educational leadership. This 31-credit program is also offered on campus. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee offers various online academic options depending on what the student has in career goals. They offer online master degrees in educational administration and supervision; cultural foundations of education; and adult and continuing education leadership.

UW-Milwaukee also offers an online reading certification program; a teaching and learning in education program; and an online deaf and hard of hearing masters and teacher certification program. There are several more online options at UW-Milwaukee.

WI Teacher Certification & Specializations

Alverno College offers licensure and certification programs in the areas of licensure to master’s program, post-baccalaureate teacher education program and urban education fellows program. AC also offers advanced licensure programs in alternative education, administrative leadership, instructional leadership, reading teacher or reading specialist.

Cardinal Stritch offers licensure and certification programs in special education and pupil services, district administrator, undergraduate integrated leadership and bilingual education.

Bachelor’s in Education Degrees in Wisconsin

Alverno College offers undergraduate programs in elementary, middle school and secondary education for students who want initial licensure as teachers. They also offer several major and minor areas so that students can earn certifications in specific subjects and grade levels. For instance, a student can enroll in an elementary school program and take a concentration in mathematics, which will enable this teacher to teach all elementary age children and specialize as a mathematics teacher.

Cardinal Stritch University offers various options for aspiring or already licensed teachers. Students seeking initial licensure can choose from SCU’s elementary education or secondary education bachelor degree programs. Students in the elementary education program can choose certification/licensure in the following areas: early childhood to middle childhood; middle childhood to early adolescence; early adolescence to adolescence; early childhood to adolescence; and dual certification in several of these areas.

Students can also choose from several minors like reading, science, mathematics, social studies and English to name just a few. Teaching students will also receive assistance in finding field experiences and clinical placements to obtain the required hands-on training and internships. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee offers a wide array of undergraduate programs with majors in educational studies; early childhood education; social studies education; special education and mathematics education, among others.

Master’s in Education Degrees in Wisconsin

Alverno College teaching students who already have a bachelor degree can choose programs in early adolescence, early childhood or middle childhood program and enroll in a license to master program, which advanced the bachelor degree to a master degree with certification. AC offers a Master of Arts in Teaching program that can be completed in 2-3 years. Students in this program can pursue additional licenses in areas like alternative education, reading teacher, early childhood, middle childhood, special education or early adolescence, among others.

Cardinal Stritch University offers a Master of Science in educational leadership and Master of Arts degrees in inclusive education; language and literacy; teaching; urban education; and urban special education. The Master of Arts in Teaching program is an accelerated program that gives students the option of licensure only or licensure with degree.

The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee offers master degree programs with majors in early childhood education; curriculum & instruction; English education; adult and continuing education leadership; learning and development; reading education; science education and many more. The master degree programs also offer students several concentrations so they may earn certifications in more than one area.