Licensure to Master's

Licensure to Master's Specialization

Teach and change lives - starting with your own

Alverno's co-educational Master of Arts in Education program is in an every-other-weekend timeframe (classes meet either Friday night, Saturday morning or Saturday afternoon). The program is designed to provide a unique, assessment-based learning experience in the liberal arts tradition, with programs in general and special education. Within that context, the Licensure to Master’s Specialization was created to answer a growing need for qualified, dedicated, experienced professional teachers in the classrooms of our communities. The “every other weekend” timeframe means current professionals, or those with other commitments, have the freedom and flexibility to become licensed teachers in as little as 21 months and then earn a Master of Arts degree by completing nine additional credits.

This program was created with the same exacting standards of our critically acclaimed and award-winning, ability-based curriculum. Building upon the core knowledge gained from an undergraduate degree program, you are provided with a practical, hands-on approach to a new career in teaching.

Students in the program complete 4 field placements for a total of 100 hours prior to student teaching, and a minimum of 720 student teaching hours: full-time (40 hours a week) over 18 weeks. 

  • If you have a Bachelor’s degree, you could be a licensed teacher within two years. You then complete three additional graduate courses to finish a Master of Arts in Education, Professional Development.
  • All graduate coursework is done in Alverno’s distinctive “every other weekend” timeframe, perfect for working professionals. Summer courses are held one night per week.
  • Curriculum is designed so students can take one or more courses each semester.
  • For teachers on emergency credentials, student teaching can be “on the job.”

Application to the program requires the following:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. For middle/secondary teaching only, have completed the equivalent of a major in one of the four core content areas—English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies (or considerable coursework toward these areas).
  3. Complete the online application.
  4. Three letters of recommendation that describe strengths as a learner or worker and the ability to work with adolescents.
  5. An essay that discusses the applicant’s philosophy of education and goals for the program (criteria provided on the application form).
  6. A mini-portfolio of communication samples (3-5), demonstrating effective written communication and appropriate level of critical thinking (criteria provided on the application form).
  7. Pass the Praxis Core (Reading, Math, Writing).
  8. Pass the Praxis II after the first four classes.
  9. Pass the Foundations of Reading for Wisconsin test prior to student teaching.
  10. Undergo a criminal background check.
  11. Have a TB test before student teaching.


Limited Enrollment
Alverno College has built an international reputation for individualized, personal attention in the classroom; therefore, a maximum of 25 candidates may start the program each fall.

To see course descriptions and program sequence click here. This overview will let you know the number of credits required along with the required classes.

For more information on the General Education LTM and Special Education LTM, call Katie Kipp, Graduate Admission Office, at 414-382-6045, or e-mail Katie Kipp.