Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education

These programs are open to

  • Both women and men;
  • College grads seeking teaching licensure;
  • Teachers who want to upgrade their skills, renew licensure, or extend licensure to new areas.

Did you know that Alverno College is internationally renowned for the way it teaches its students? In fact, we are one of four colleges nationwide to receive the first ever U. S. Department of Education Award for Effective Teacher Preparation. Our teacher-education program is one of two in the nation cited for excellence in undergraduate teacher preparation by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan also has praised Alverno for its teacher preparation program, saying that many of the nation’s schools are doing a mediocre job of preparing teachers for the classrooms of the 21st Century.  Arthur Levine, author of a 2006 critical report, Education School Teacher, has said, "Unlike many schools of education that talk about exemplary teaching methods but don't go beyond rhetoric, the whole of Alverno, not just the education division, stresses the modeling of good teaching."

Individualized Licensure Programs

Before you apply, submit copies of your undergraduate transcripts to our Admissions Office. Alverno's School of Education advisors will review your previous coursework and match it to current state licensure requirements. A program is then designed expressly for you to meet unfulfilled requirements. You'll know before you apply what you'll need to take and when you'll take it. At that point, for the post-baccalaureate licensure program, you will complete a paper application.

A Full Range of Teacher-Education Programs

For men and women who already hold a Bachelor’s degree (other than in education) and seek initial teacher licensure, we offer two nationally acclaimed teacher preparation programs:

1) Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Program: In the post-baccalaureate licensure program, you complete additional undergraduate coursework to meet state licensure requirements in a program spread over two and one-half years. Upon completion of those requirements, you will have the tools and skills you need to get into a classroom and into your new career.

2) Licensure to Master's Program: In the licensure to master’s program, a graduate-level teacher education program through which one may earn licensure only or both licensure and a master’s degree, you complete a combination of graduate and undergraduate coursework to earn your teaching license in as few as 18 months. When you’re ready, return to Alverno, complete three additional graduate courses, and earn your Master of Arts in Education.

Initial Teacher Licensure

In either program, you may achieve licensure for the following:

Early Childhood/Middle Childhood (Ages Birth to 11)
Become a licensed teacher ready to work with grades PK – 6

Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence (Ages 6 to 13)
Become a licensed teacher ready to work with grades 1-8

Early Adolescence/Adolescence (Ages 10 to 21)
Become a licensed teacher ready to work with grades 6-12 in one of four subject areas:

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Broadfield Science
  • Broadfield Social Studies 

Within these broad subject areas, one may also earn licensure in speech communcation, journalism, biology, chemistry, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology.

Praxis I and II

In order to become a licensed teacher, the State of Wisconsin requires that you pass these tests. For more information about these tests, click here. For requirements regarding each of the licensure programs, contact Katie Kipp, Graduate Admissions Office, at 414-382-6045, toll free at 800-933-3401, or e-mail:

Do you need help preparing for Praxis I? Click here for information. Classes are held every semester through our Telesis continuing education program.

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

We offer a wide range of options in both field placements and student teaching in public and private schools throughout the area. We carefully select teachers and schools for these placements. Depending on which licensure program you choose, a field experience will consist of 20 to 25 hours per semester (two to two and one half hours per week). In our programs, it is possible to continue working (with some adjustment to accommodate field work) at your present job until you are ready to student teach (the last semester of either program). Some candidates qualify for on-the-job student teaching or internships with area schools.

Those needing coursework to complete the required major for middle/secondary teaching, may start in the post-baccalaureate program and, when ready, apply for the graduate program.

Adding Another Initial License

Already licensed teachers wishing to add another initial teaching license (e.g., wanting to add early childhood, middle childhood, early adolescence or adolescence to a current license) may do so through either the post-baccalaureate licensure program or the graduate-level licensure program.

Professional Updating

If you’re looking for courses to explore new developments in your field, we can help. Whether it’s science, computers, reading or math teaching methods, or new ways to assess student progress, we offer a full range of courses for teachers throughout the year – fall, spring and summer, many of them at the graduate level. 

Convenient Class Times

Our School of Education offers most courses at times that fit the schedules of working people. In the post-baccalaureate program, classes are offered late afternoons, evenings, and during the summer. In the licensure to master’s program in fall and spring, graduate education classes meet every other weekend in one of three time slots: Friday evening, Saturday morning, or Saturday afternoon. In summer, classes are offered in a variety of time frames.


Current tuition and fees.  Both programs qualify for financial aid.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Kipp at 414-382-6045, 800-933-3401 or e-mail Katie Kipp.