Post-Baccalaureate Teaching 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. For individuals with an academic background in science, technology, engineering, or math, please also see our master's of education in STEM teaching.

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 pedagogically 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

Required course work

Prerequisite course work

  • Elective graduate-level course(s) in content area of specialization (may be required)

*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.

  • EDUC 5240: Critical Inquiry into the Educational System (3 credits)
  • A course in child/adolescent development (e.g. EDUC 6340)*
  • A foundations of education course (e.g. Philosophy of Education, History of Education, Sociological Foundations of Education) (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6040: Introduction to Learning and Assessment (3 credits)*
  • EDUC 5217: Methods of Teaching Children and Youth with Exceptional Needs (3 credits)
  • EDUC 5297: Teaching in the Middle School (4 credits)
  • EDUC 5037: Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credits)
  • A specialized advanced methods course in the area of certification (e.g. English, social studies, math, science, foreign language) (3 credits)
  • EDUC 6965: Student Teaching Practicum (3 credits)

* 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 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)

  • EDPL 6440: Foundations of Curriculum Planning (3 credits)
  • EDPL 6450: Theories of Learning Applied to Instruction (3 credits)
  • EDPL 6953: Seminar: Analysis of Teaching (3 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

Field experience requirement

Field experiences are an important component of many of the required courses in the teacher education programs. 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. 

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

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
  • MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA of 3.0 is required for admission to the master’s program
  • MINIMUM GPA of 2.75 in the major area(s) of certification is required by the state of Wisconsin for teaching licensure
  • Satisfactory scores on the Core Academic Skills Test as approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. (Core Academic Skills Test Scores must be sent to Marquette University College of Education, ATTN: Melissa Econom.)
  • Satisfactory scores on the Praxis II: Subject Assessments, as approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction if the student does not meet the minimum required GPA in content area. (The Praxis II MUST be completed before the end of the first semester of course work; scores MUST be sent to the College of Education.)
  • Application to Marquette University's Graduate School. You will apply as a certificate (CERT) student or master of education (MED) student with a specialization in secondary education (SEED) or elementary education (ELED).

Application to the Graduate School should include:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions (except Marquette), including evidence of satisfactory completion of course work in areas of academic deficiency, if deficiencies are indicated
  • Statement of purpose and academic goals to Marquette's College of Education
  • Three letters of recommendation; be sure to inform the individuals you choose for recommendations that filling out the online assessment is not enough; they must upload their letter online
  • Interview conducted by the department representative(s) (optional)
  • GRE scores (only if applying for the M.Ed. program)

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