Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary

Earn a Wisconsin teacher licensure or Master of Arts (M.A.) in Secondary 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. 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

Face to Face
Main Campus

Program Details

●  Credits: 27-28 credits licensure only (additional 8-11 credits for MA degree)
​●  Cost per Credit: $680 (2017-18)

Requirements for Secondary Education Licensure Only

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

  • Teaching methods courses in Stritch's 25-26 credits 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 25-26 credits M.A. in Teaching program
  • Certifiable subject major course work
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction General Education Requirements 
    (undergraduate level courses from previous institutions may be used to satisfy these requirements):
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Mathematics
    • Biological Science
    • Physical Science
    • Literature/Humanities
    • General Psychology
    • Fine Arts/Humanities
    • Western World History
    • Non-Western World History
  • Passing score on the Praxis II or above a 3.0 in undergraduate course work(prior to student teaching)
  • Passing score on the edTPA (prior to licensure)

Core Courses

Required Courses for Early Adolescence-Adolescence or Early Childhood-Adolescence Licensure Only 

  • EMA 501 EA-A & EC-A Seminar I
  • EMA 513 EA-A & EC-A Fundamentals of Instruction and Assessment
  • EMA 531 EA-A & EC-A Field Experience I
  • EMA 576 EA-A & EC-A Classroom Management and Cultural Diversity
  • EMA 548 Advanced Curriculum Planning in Specific Content Areas
  • EMA 554 EA-A & EC-A Methods, Assessment, and Unit Writing
  • EMA 566 Literacy and Learning in the Content Areas
  • EMA 571 EA-A & EC-A Field Experience II
  • EMA 593 Student Teaching: Early Adolescence-Adolescence
  • EMA 604 Professional Development Seminar


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 25-26 credits required for licensure, along with the 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 (conditional acceptance may be granted)

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. 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

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

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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.


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