Certification and Licensure

Certification and Licensure

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

Program description

Marquette’s master's of education and teaching licensure programs are designed to help working professionals with bachelor’s degree earn Wisconsin teaching licenses and master’s degrees OR teaching certification only. These licensure programs, based on current theory and practice, are aligned with the knowledge, skills and dispositions related to effective teaching and articulated in the Wisconsin State Teaching Standards for Licensure and Professional Development. Successful completion of one of these programs leads to licensure as a teacher in the state of Wisconsin. Students interested in licensure in another state are advised to contact the office of certification for that state early in their course of studies.

Like Marquette’s undergraduate teacher preparation program, these graduate certification programs prepare teachers to uphold the Jesuit traditions of care for the person, social justice, academic excellence, ethical behavior and service to the urban community. Such a commitment demands that teachers develop a deep understanding of the subjects they teach, learn to use culturally responsive and developmentally appropriate pedagogies, and integrate technology to facilitate learning for all students.

Program Outcomes:

1. Apply deep content knowledge to organize subject matter from multiple perspectives, respond to diverse abilities and backgrounds, and engage students in pedagogially powerful lessons.

2. Analyze stages of development, ranges of diversity and interrelationships of individual and cultural differences to design instruction to meet the needs of all students.

3. Use knowledge of multiple teaching and assessment strategies to plan, implement, and modify instruction, ensuring the learning and development of all students.

4. Demonstrate effective communication skills to nurture supportive environment and productive relationships with families and the larger community.

5. Reflect upon practice to identify areas for professional growth, evaluate effects of professional decisions and actions on others, and to examine schooling and society.

Students wishing to pursue post-baccalaureate certification at Marquette MUST have B.A. or B.S. degrees with majors (and at least a 2.75 GPA) in one of the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Speech Communication

For inquiries about the course of study toward the post-baccalaureate teacher certification program, please contact Melissa Econom at melissa.econom@marquette.edu.

Required course work

Prerequisite course work

*Note: Course work completed at the undergraduate level may reduce some of the course requirements. A minimum of 33 graduate credits must be completed for the M.Ed. with a specialization in elementary or secondary education. In addition, based on an analysis of the undergraduate transcript, students may be required to complete additional course work in their content area of certification to meet DPI certification requirements.

Required course work for middle/secondary-level licensure

Marquette's certificate program in secondary education is designed to meet the needs of working professionals with bachelor's degrees who want an initial Wisconsin middle/secondary (early adolescence-adolescence, grades 6-12) teaching license. This licensure program is aligned with the Wisconsin State Teaching Standards for Licensure and Professional Development.

* Available some semesters as online option

Required course work for elementary/middle-level licensure

Requirements differ for students seeking elementary/middle-level certification. Please contact Melissa Econom at melissa.econom@marquette.edu for details.

Completion of M.Ed.

Students intending to complete certification with the master's degree must complete the following courses (in addition to the required course work for licensure).

Additional graduate-level requirements beyond student teaching (9 credits)

The total number of required credits for the M.Ed. varies, depending on whether or not the student is pursuing elementary or secondary certification.

For inquiries about the course of study toward the post-baccalaureate teacher certification program with master's degree, please contact Melissa Econom at melissa.econom@marquette.edu.

Field experience requirement

Field experiences are an important component of many of the required courses in the teacher education programs.  The State of Wisconsin mandates satisfactory performance in a minimum of 100 hours of field experience activities before students can be approved to student teach.  These experiences must be “developmental in scope and sequence and occur in a variety of school settings.” (PI 34.15)

Field experiences are designed to provide students with opportunities to work with pupils from diverse ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds in Milwaukee area schools.  Students will participate in beginning level (Pre-Professional) field experiences and advanced level (Professional) field experiences.  Expectations and student involvement will increase as students progress from the Pre-Professional to the Professional Program level.  This will culminate with progression to the full semester student teaching experience which occurs in the final semester.  At this level, students will be required to assume full responsibility for teaching under the supervision of a highly qualified teacher.

Throughout the College of Education program courses and field experiences, students have many opportunities to reflect upon what it truly means to be an effective urban teacher.  Students are challenged to critically assess issues related to diversity and social justice and to become agents of change with a moral purpose.  All field placements and student teaching assignments are made in the Milwaukee area and are arranged by the Director of Student Placements and Licensure. 

Portfolio and documentation assessment

As required by the state of Wisconsin, participants in this teacher certification program will be required to complete and receive at least a satisfactory rating on a series of performance assessments throughout course work and during student teaching. These become part of the student’s assessment portfolio, which is evaluated by program faculty before and after student teaching. All program assessments and evaluation rubrics are aligned with the Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure.

Application Deadlines

PLEASE NOTE: For inquiries about the course of study toward the post-baccalaureate teacher certification program or to have a transcript analysis completed, please contact Melissa Econom at melissa.econom@marquette.edu.

AFTER a transcript analysis has been completed, you can use the following checklist of requirements to proceed with your application to the program. Please note that all items with an asterisk MUST BE completed before formal admission to the Graduate School.

ALL students in the post-baccalaureate teaching licensure programs begin during the FALL term. The application deadline for admission is JULY 15.

B.A. or B.S. degree with a major in one of the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Speech Communication


Application to the Graduate School should include:

Applicants should make sure that their files are complete by the application deadline (July 15). Applicant files are reviewed comprehensively, emphasizing all aspects of applicants' backgrounds. Academic transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, statements of purpose and professional background receive particular attention in the review process. If necessary, the department faculty may request an interview before making a final decision.

You will be required to attend a mandatory orientation session after being admitted but before your registration for classes.

If you have questions about any stage of the admissions process, please contact Melissa Econom at melissa.econom@marquette.edu. .


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