Education Programs - CUW

The graduate program was developed by the graduate faculty, approved by the graduate committee, the faculty and the Board of Regents of Concordia University. The directors of the programs, under the direction of the Vice President of Academics, are responsible for the administration of the graduate program.

Areas within Graduate Education

Programs WI Department of Public Instruction Certification Notes Degrees Granted
Areas within Graduate Education in Teaching Licensure
Alternative Education Potentially Completion of requirements will lead to a #1952 license endorsement. Must be a licensed teacher to be eligible for an add license. Classes open to all graduate students.. MS-E
Art Education Potentially May result in certification with special conditions. MS-E
Literacy Teacher Yes Completion of requirements will lead to an endorsement for a #1316 license. None
Literary Specialist Yes Completion of requirements will lead to a #5017 reading administration license. Professional teaching license required. MS-E
Special Education Yes Completion of requirements will lead to a #2801 Cross-Categorical Special Education, #1809 Early Childhood Special Education, or #1825 Visual Impaired add-on license endorsement. Licensure only and/or MS degree options are available. MS-E
Master of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning
Traditional Program Potentially This concentration is designed to prepare master classroom teachers MS-E
Graduate Teacher Certification Program: Early Childhood Yes Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree and be seeking initial licensure in this area of instruction. Program completion will result in licensure in EC (Birth to Grade 3) #1777 MS-E
Graduate Teacher Certification Program: Elementary Yes Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree and be seeking initial licensure in this area of instruction. Program completion will result in licensure in Elementary (Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence) Grades 1-8 #1777 MS-E
Graduate Teacher Certification Program: Secondary Yes Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree and be seeking initial licensure in this area of instruction. Program completion will result in licensure in Secondary Education (Early Adolescence - Adolescence) Grades 6-12 MS-E
Graduate Teacher Certification Program: Special Education Yes Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree and be seeking initial licensure in this area of instruction. Program completion will result in licensure in Cross Categorical Special Education (Grades K-12) #1801 MS-E
ESL Yes Must hold a bachelor's degree and a WI Teaching License to earn the ESL # 1395 license MS-E
Bilingual Yes The Bilingual Education Concentration will lead to both ESL and Bilingual Licensure if all requirements are met. The bilingual license (#1023) is a supplemental license. Students wishing to complete this track must meet all ESL requirements or their equivalent prior to starting the track. Determination done by Program Director MS-E
Gifted & Talented Teacher Yes Must hold a bachelor’s degree and a WI Teaching license. License #1013, Gifted and Talented Teacher. Attaches to current WI teaching license upon successful completion of all coursework. MS-E
Gifted & Talented Coordinator Yes Must hold a bachelor’s degree and a WI Teaching license. Must hold the GT Teacher’s license. License # 5013, Gifted and Talented Coordinator. MS-E
School Counselor Yes Must hold a bachelor’s degree. Completion of requirements will lead to a #7054 license endorsement. MS-E
Professional Counselor: Substance Abuse Counselor No Must hold a bachelor’s degree. Completion of requirements will lead to eligibility to apply for Professional Counselor Training License through DSPS. Completion of this coursework and practical experiences allow the student to apply for the Substance Abuse Counselor – In Training license through the Department of Safety and Professional Services MS-E
Professional Counselor: Christian Counseling No Must hold a bachelor’s degree. Completion of requirements will lead to eligibility to apply for Professional Counselor Training License through DSPS. Certification only for those interested in additional skills and working in a Christian mental health setting None
Counseling Foundations No Non-licensable degree MS-E
Areas within Graduate Education in Administration Licensure
Superintendent Yes Completion of requirements will lead to a #5003 license endorsement MS-E
Educational Administration Yes Completion of requirements will lead to a #5051 license endorsement. MS-E
Director of Instruction Yes Completion of requirements will lead to a #5010 license endorsement MS-E
Areas within Graduate Education in Specialty Areas (Non-Licensure)
Early Childhood Education No MS-E
Educational Design & Technology No MS-E
Family Life No MS-E

Preferred Educational Partnership Discount (PEP):

Through our Preferred Educational Partnerships (PEP), Concordia University Wisconsin can help assess the unique educational needs of your district, school, or organization, and provide optimal professional development solutions. Our educational team will work with you to understand your needs and goals, in order to deliver programs customized to your needs. Multiple options exist: site-based face-to-face cohort programs, on campus delivery, online options, blended programs, or a customized PD program. Students whose districts are already a PEP district are eligible for a tuition scholarship towards each graduate level course. For more information and the online application form, visit https://www.cuw.edu/admissions/financial-aid/uncommon-scholarships.html.  If your district is interested in becoming a PEP with CUW, please have an administrator contact Dr. Steven Witt at 262-243-4253 or Steven.Witt@cuw.edu.

Christian Community Scholarship:

Grants are available to teachers in Christian Schools. To be eligible, the student must be employed at a private Christian school and taking courses in Graduate Education at one of Concordia University campus locations or online. The value of the grant is $500 toward a three-credit course. An application for the Christian Community Scholarship is required each academic year. The application can be found at: https://www.cuw.edu/admissions/financial-aid/uncommon-scholarships.html

Portfolios, Practicums/Internships, Capstones, and Theses

Most graduate education programs have requirements such as a capstone, thesis, portfolio, or fieldwork experience (practicum, internship). Students in these courses are allowed two semesters to complete coursework, and a final grade will be submitted upon completion of the second semester. If a student is unable to finish within this time frame due to extenuating circumstances, an extension of up to one semester may be requested. Approval must be received by the Program Director and Director Graduate Education for any extension requests.

Repetition of Courses

If a student earns a grade of C- or lower in a graduate education course, the student will be required to retake the course in order to meet graduation requirements for program completion and licensing. Students may not repeat a course more than once unless there is approval from the Program Director. If a student does not earn a C or higher in a repeated course, and the student’s GPA is below a 3.0, the student may be dismissed from his/her graduate education program.