As a teacher, you'll prepare people to lead extraordinary lives. You'll profoundly influence young people by fostering their intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth. You'll experience joy when a student looks you in the eye and tells you, "I can do this." You'll feel the happiness of your students' successes, and you'll help students discover and use gifts they never realized they had.

Teach children and their family to read.

Through Marquette's Family Literacy Project, you can have a direct impact on the quality of life of many people in the Milwaukee area.


As a Marquette education major, you'll observe, assist and teach in a variety of school settings throughout the Milwaukee area: urban, suburban, bilingual, public and parochial.

Flexibility leads to marketability.

As an education student, you’ll automatically graduate with a double major in education and another academic major (your primary teaching area). But you’ll also have the option to earn certification in more than one subject, which makes you more appealing on the job market.

Complete the program on time.

Education majors planning to teach elementary/middle or middle/secondary usually complete the program in four years; students finish their course work in three and a half years and complete their student teaching in their eighth semester.


With major developments in charter schools and school choice, Milwaukee is one of the nation's most progressive educational environments — and as a Marquette education major, it's your laboratory.

How the education major works.

Through Marquette's College of Education, you will prepare yourself for Wisconsin teacher certification at one of the following levels:

  • Elementary/Middle School
    (grades 1 through 8)
  • Middle School/Secondary
    (grades 6 through 12)

To earn Wisconsin certification through Marquette, you will complete three things: University Core of Common Studies and state-mandated general education requirements; an academic major in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences or the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication; and the professional education sequence, which includes a semester of student teaching.

Wisconsin has reciprocal certification with a number of states, but the agreements may change from year to year. If you wish to teach in a state other than Wisconsin, you should contact its education department to determine the requirements.

We encourage you to start the professional education sequence in your first year, even if you aren't sure about the level — or even the subject — you'd like to teach. The first several courses of the education major are the same for the elementary and secondary levels, so you can take some time to make a good decision.

Teaching majors include

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Latin
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre arts
  • (Broad field social science teaching license extension)

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Introduction to Schooling in a Diverse Society
  • Psychology of Human Development in Children and Adolescents in a Diverse Society
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Major Concepts in Modern Science I & II
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Foreign Language I & II


  • Introduction to American History


  • Non-Western History


  • Introduction to Learning and Assessment
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Four Major Courses
  • Field Experience I


  • Problem Solving and Reasoning for Teachers
  • Integrating the Arts Across the Curriculum
  • American Politics
  • Literature/Performing Arts Elective
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Non-Western History


  • Individual and Social Behavior Elective
  • Mathematical Reasoning Elective 
  • Western History
  • Elective


  • Methods of Teaching Children/Youth with Exceptional Needs
  • Teaching in the Middle School
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Four Major Courses
  • Field Experience II


  • Number Systems and Operations for Elementary Teachers
  • Teaching Elementary Reading, Language Arts and Children's Literature I & II
  • Teaching Elementary Level Science
  • Teaching Elementary Mathematics
  • Teaching Middle School Mathematics
  • Algebra and Geometry for Teachers
  • Teaching Elementary Social Studies
  • Field Experience III


  • Literacy in the Content Areas
  • Literature/Performing Arts Elective
  • Theology Elective
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Junior Level Practicum


  • Critical Inquiry into Contemporary Issues
  • Two Major Courses


  • Practicum: Teaching Elementary Level Reading
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Student Teaching: Elementary/Middle
  • Theology Elective
  • Senior Level Practicum


  • Advanced Methods
  • Student Teaching: Middle/Secondary
  • Fine Arts Elective
  • Field Experience III
  • Elective (if needed to reach 128 credits)