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Additional Licenses

Additional Licenses Available to Currently Licensed Teachers

All licensure programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Alternative Education*

Alverno has a program to assist experienced teachers to work effectively across content areas with students in alternative school settings. This 9-credit program focuses on supports for students who have not been successful in regular education settings and fulfills the requirements for the Alternative Education (#952) license.

Reading Teacher*

This program is designed for licensed PK-12 teachers interested in improving their work in teaching reading in the classroom or in qualifying as reading teachers. Courses meet the guidelines of the International Reading Association and effectively combine theory and practice so that courses can be immediately applied in work with learners. This program requires a minimum of 21 credits for the Reading Teacher (#316) license; teachers must have completed two years of successful regular classroom teaching experience to be eligible for the license.

Reading Specialist*

Licensed teachers who have a master’s degree and are eligible to hold the Wisconsin Reading Teacher license may, through subsequent graduate-level coursework, earn the Reading Specialist (#317) license.

Instructional Leadership*

Licensed teachers who have a master’s degree may complete the Director of Instruction (#10) license by completing required coursework that prepares them to work with curriculum design, staff development, assessment programs, and other tasks of an instructional leader.

Administrative Leadership*

Licensed teachers who have a master’s degree may complete the Administrative Leadership (#51) license by completing required coursework that prepares them to work as a principal. These include work with school organization and leadership, curriculum and assessment, school climate, school finance, etc.

*Each of these licenses may be earned as a stand-alone licensure program or as part of a master’s degree. For more information, contact the Graduate Admissions Office, 414-382-6100 or, toll free, 1-800-933-3401. You may also e-mail Admissions.