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Education

Viterbo University's School of Education prepares educators who are grounded in Franciscan values and possess the knowledge and skills to be reflective decision makers for the 21st century.

Accreditation/State Approval

Viterbo University undergraduate and graduate programs in education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The education program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the certification of teachers in the elementary and secondary schools and for the training of veterans. The Iowa Educational Leadership Program is approved by the Iowa State Board of Education and other endorsement programs are recognized by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

Admission 
Students register for graduate courses by calling 1-888-484-0011 or calling the Wisconsin/Iowa program coordinator for online courses. The Iowa and Wisconsin phone numbers and addresses are below:

  • Viterbo University campus
    900 Viterbo Drive
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    1-888-484-0111 
  • Wisconsin Program Coordinator
    Viterbo University
    2323 S. 109th Street, Suite 375
    West Allis, WI 53227
    1-800-234-8721
  • Iowa Program Coordinator
    Viterbo University
    4949 Westown Parkway, Suite 195
    West Des Moines, IA 50266
    1-888-235-2200

Master of Arts in Education Program  

To be eligible for degree candidacy the applicant must have been successfully admitted into the program and successfully completed the following requirements:

  • core coursework (EDUC 600, 601, 602, 603 or 623, 604)
  • written comprehensive exam taken online
  • a minimum of 15 elective graduate credits

Students must have completed a minimum 24 graduate in order to attend Proseminar (EDUC 604). This allows the student to present his/her research and participate in commencement, with the understanding that the remaining credits will be completed after Proseminar.

Degrees are conferred in August as Proseminar is a summer course. If the student completes credits required for the degree after the summer session, the degree will be conferred as of the term of the completion of the credits.

Class attendance is crucial. When it comes to absenteeism, the program allows little or no flexibility on this issue. Instructional practices and methodologies include considerable class interaction and collaboration as well as core content instruction. Due to the course format, it is almost impossible to replicate learning opportunities. Consequently, it is the philosophy of the program that students should not be absent. We realize that emergencies do occur. Instructors will consider the emergency on a case-by-case basis and  determine if options are available.

The written comprehensive examination is taken after the student has completed EDUC 600, 601, 602, and 603 or 623. This is usually done during the year prior to enrollment in Proseminar (EDUC 604). The written comprehensive examination provides the candidate with an opportunity to process and articulate the experiences and knowledge gained during the course of study. A candidate could earn a pass, rewrite, or fail status on any part of the comprehensive examination. In the case of a rewrite, the student will be allowed an opportunity to retake the failed section(s). In the case of a failed question, the student will be given an additional question for each failed answer. Examination dates are announced each year by the Office of Graduate Programs in Education and are available on our website.

A student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to earn the Master of Arts in Education degree, and a grade of C or higher earned in all Viterbo University coursework.

  • All requirements for the master’s degree must be completed within seven years from the date of application to the graduate program. Coursework must have been taken within the last 10 years to be applied to degree requirements.
  • Transfer Credit
    A student may request to transfer up to nine semester credit hours which will be applied to the M.A.Ed. degree program. Transfer credits must be graduate credits taken from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, completed within seven years of application, taken after completion of an undergraduate degree program, and a grade of B or higher earned. Credits from other institutions taken prior to admission to the graduate program will be reviewed for transfer into the master’s degree. The director of graduate programs in education will also review transfer requests made by students already accepted into the program who wish to take credits from other institutions. Students who wish to transfer credits to the Viterbo Master of Arts in Education program must have the appropriate official graduate transcripts sent directly to the director of graduate programs in education. Upon completing the review of the education-related courses, the student will be sent a transfer verification letter from the registrar’s office listing which, if any, courses will be allowed to transfer to the Viterbo University Master of Arts in Education program. Final decisions on course transfer requests are made at the discretion of the director of graduate programs in education.  

Requirements

  • 30 credits, including EDUC 600, 601, 602, 604, 623; written comprehensive exam taken online.  

Wisconsin Principal’s License plus Master of Arts in Education (WI 51)

  • EDUL 601, 602, 604, 608, EDUL 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 767  

Wisconsin Director of Instruction plus Master of Arts in Education (WI 08)

  • EDUL 601, 602, 604, 608, EDUL 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 704, 768 

Wisconsin Director of Special Education and Pupil Services plus Master of Arts in Education (WI 08)

  • EDUL 601, 602, 604, 608, EDUL 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 651, 654, 655, 769  

Wisconsin School Business Administrator plus Master of Arts in Education (WI 08)

  • EDUL 601, 602, 608, EDUL 635, 637, 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 665, 770

Iowa Principal’s License plus Master of Arts in Education (IA 189)

  • EDUL 603, 604, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 620

Licensure/Endorsement/Certificate Programs

Reading Licensures/Endorsements  
Policy

  • All Wisconsin License candidates are required to earn a passing score on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test.
  • An assessment portfolio is required for Wisconsin licensure programs and must be completed within six months of final coursework.
  • A Master of Arts in Education degree is required of all Reading Specialist candidates. Reading Specialist candidates must have completed the WI 316 or IA 148/149 reading licensure program.
  • A fieldwork portfolio is a requirement for the Wisconsin Reading Specialist 17 license.
  • Iowa Reading Specialist candidates must meet the Iowa rules which call for an Iowa reading endorsement, a master’s degree, and an additional nine hours of the specialist courses. (EDUC 590, 596, 597, 639)  

Wisconsin Reading Teacher License (Wisconsin 316)
Required coursework: EDUC 529, 580, 605, 640, 650, 681, 683     

Iowa Reading Teacher Endorsement (Iowa 148)
Required coursework: EDUC 519, 542, 550, 568, 605, 640, 650, 681, 683  

Iowa Reading Teacher Endorsement (Iowa 149)
Required coursework: EDUC 518, 520, 542, 551, 568, 605, 640, 650, 683  

Reading Specialist License (Wisconsin 17 or Iowa 176*)
Required coursework: EDUC 590, 596, 597, 639 

Wisconsin Cross-Categorical Special Education Licensure  
Policy

  • A passing score on the Praxis II Exam (middle school content knowledge test #0146)
  • A passing score on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test
  • Completion of an electronic assessment portfolio.

Wisconsin Cross-Categorical  License (WI 801) with emphasis in Specific Learning Disabilities (811) MC-EA (72) Developmental Level

  • EDUC 611, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 620, 621, 626, 629, 631, 641  

Wisconsin Cross-Categorical  License (WI 801) with emphasis in Specific Learning Disabilities (811) at EA-A (73) Developmental Level

  • EDUC 611, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 620, 621, 626, 629, 631, 642  

Wisconsin Cross-Categorical  License (WI 801) with emphasis in Cognitive Disabilities (810) at MC-EA (72) Developmental Level

  • EDUC 611, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 620, 621, 626, 627, 632, 641

Wisconsin Cross-Categorical  License (WI 801) with emphasis in Cognitive Disabilities (810) at EA-A (73) Developmental Level

  • EDUC 611, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 620, 621, 626, 627, 632, 642  

Literacy Coaching Certificate  
Policy

  • Students must possess a WI 316 Reading Teacher license to be admitted to the program.
  • Documentation of competence in the stated goals and objectives of the certification program is required.
  • A minimum of two site visits by the literacy coaching faculty is required.
  • Requirements: EDUC 532, 533, 534  

Wisconsin Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure
Policy

A portfolio is required for the 70-777 license.

  • EDUC 526, 530, 552, 553, 557, 558, 564, 581, 681

Iowa Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure (IA 106)  

  • EDUC 526, 530, 552, 553, 557, 558, 562, 564, 569, 571, 572, 575, 681

Iowa Middle School Endorsement (IA 182)  

  • EDUC 516, 517, 531, 628

Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement (IA 107)  

  • EDUC 540, 541, 543, 544, 545

Wisconsin Educational Leadership Programs

See preceding Master of Arts in Education program section the Master of Arts in Education degree plus licensure.

Principal’s License (Pre-K–12 Principal) (WI 51)

  • EDUL 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 767  

Director of Instruction (WI 10)

  • EDUL 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 704, 768  

Director of Special Education/Pupil Services (Pre-K, Pre-K–12  WI 80)

  • EDUL 634, 635, 636, 637, 638, 639, 640, 651, 654, 655, 769  

School Business Administrator (WI 08)

  • EDUL 635, 637, 660, 661, 662, 663, 664, 770 

Superintendent (WI 03)

  • EDUL 661, 700, 701, 702, 704, 771, ETHL 531, 532

Iowa Educational Leadership Program

See preceding Master of Arts in Education program section for admission and requirements of Master of Arts in Education plus licensure.

Principal’s License (IA 189)

  • EDUL 603, 604, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 611, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 620

Wisconsin Secondary Teacher Licensure (Post-Baccalaureate)  

Policy

  • Completers of the program may use up to 15 credits of eligible graduate level courses as electives required for degree candidacy in the Viterbo University Master of Arts in Education program.
  • All education and content area classes considered for use in the program must have been taken from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, completed within seven years from the date of application to the program. The School of Education reserves the right to extend the timeframe in special circumstances.
  • Requirements: EDUP 506, 515, 516, 520, 530, 550, 559 or 563, 582, 590; a methods course (art, broad field social studies, business education, English, mathematics, music, science, Spanish, technology education, or theatre) is also required. Successful completion of a portfolio, Praxis exams, and field work is also required.  

Graduate education course descriptions