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 #1801 Cross Categorical or #1809 Early Childhood Special Education license endorsement. Licensure only and/or MS degree options are available. MS-E
Master of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning
Traditional Progam 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
Enviromental Education No MS-E
Educational Design & Technology No MS-E
Family Life No MS-E
Relationship Skills Certificate No Certificate for pastors, pre-seminary students and church workers. None

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 24% discount each school year by filling out this form: https://www.cuw.edu/organizations/pep/_assets/TuitionDiscountForm.pdf. 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 Educator Discount:

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 25% of the cost of tuition. An application for the Christian Educator Discount is required each academic year. The application can be found at: https://www.cuw.edu/departments/financialaid/_assets/LutheranTeacherGrant.pdf

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 COURSEWORK

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.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION (Teacher Licensure)

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION

Purpose

This coursework will assist licensed teachers, professional educators and community advocates in identifying students who are “at-risk” in a school building for school failure. As a larger number of students are being identified as “at-risk”, it is becoming essential and more desirable that teachers have this 1952 certification. A major focus of the alternative education program is to assist concerned professionals in learning ways to collaboratively build strategies within a school community to better serve “at-risk” students in the school and the community.

CURRICULUM FOR ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION LICENSE (6 Credits Required)

Students completing the following two courses and who are licensed as a teacher in the State of Wisconsin are eligible for a 1952 - Alternative Education License. However, the student does not need to be a licensed teacher to enroll in the courses.

EDG 632/932Educating Students at Risk3
EDG 633/933Alternative Education3
EDG 627/927Portfolio I0

Licensing Information

The EDG 632 Educating Students at Risk and EDG 633 Alternative Education, as well as a portfolio, allow the student to apply for the Wisconsin DPI certification 1952 .

A person holding a regular elementary education license may teach the basic skills of reading, language arts, and mathematics to secondary students for high school credit if the grade level of the curriculum taught does not exceed the grade level of the teacher’s license .

A person holding a regular license to teach may teach outside his or her area of licensing if the instruction is in collaboration with a properly licensed teacher . A properly licensed teacher shall be licensed at the grade level and in the subject area being taught and shall diagnose the pupils’ educational needs, prescribe teaching and learning procedures, and evaluate the effects of the instruction.

ART EDUCATION (30-33  Credits Required)

Purpose

The Graduate Program in Art Education prepares educators to understand the role of artistic activity in the human

condition, possess an advanced understanding of art curricula and pedagogy, demonstrate a high level of competence with visual arts media, and foster an awareness of the nature and implications of past and current practice in the field.

*This program may lead to teacher licensure with completion of additional coursework.

REQUIRED COURSES (12 Credits)
Conceptual Base:
AEG 501The Historical Bases of Art Ed3
AEG 531Modern Practices in Art Ed3
Contemporary Issues/Instructional Issues:
AEG 510Developmental Issues in Art Ed3
AEG 540Curriculum Design in Art Ed3
Relevant Practices (select 6-9 credits):
AEG 580Studio Workshop2,3
Two-Dimensional Practices; Three-Dimensional Practices; Design; Multiple Image Processes (Printmaking, Photography, etc.); Craft Processes
AEG 533Teach Art with Art3
AEG 542Meth Tchng/Learn in Art Class3
AEG 590Technology in Art Ed3
AEG 620Extended Exp in Art Education3
Electives (select 6-9 credits)
AEG 500Great Books in Art Education1.5
AEG 521Contemp Readings in Art Ed3
AEG 550Integrative Iss in Art Ed3
AEG 560Special Topics in Art Ed3
May include: Museum Education, Art and Language, Research Methods for Art Education; The Philosophic Bases of Art Education; Art, Family, and Community; Art and the Spiritual
Closure (3 credits Thesis or 6 credit alternative)
AEG 680Art Education Thesis3
Scholarly; Applied; Studio
Non-Thesis Alternative (2 semesters)
AEG 660Curriculum Development I3
AEG 670Mentorship/Apprenticeship I3
AEG 681Directed Course Work I3

LITERACY TEACHER AND SPECIALIST

Purpose:

This concentration is designed to prepare specialists in reading . The program will enable the student to qualify for a Wisconsin licensure as a Reading Teacher (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Certification #1316) and as a Reading Specialist (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Certification #5017) . Reading Specialist certification requires a master’s degree, which includes Reading Teacher certification . Reading Teacher certification requires 18 credits .   (30 credits)

There are two options available in this concentration:

        1 . Reading Teacher Certification – License #1316  

• #1316 license after 18 credits, portfolio 1 & 2 and passing score on DPI Foundations of Reading Test

        2 . Reading Specialist Certification – License #5017

                    • READING SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION (#5017 CERTIFICATION Master’s + 3 credits)

Required Courses
EDG 552/852Improve Literacy Instruction3
EDG 509/809Disciplinary Literacy3
EDG 556/856Language & Literacy Develop3
EDG 553/853Literacy Assess for Instruct3
EDG 554/854Literacy Practicum3
EDG 576/876Lit-Kindergarten to Secondary3
EDG 627/911Portfolio I0
EDG 628/912Portfolio II0
(Upon completion of the above 18 credits students are eligible for the #1316 Reading Teacher Certification)
EDG 507/807Curriculum Leadership3
EDG 537/837Supervision of Instruction3
Research component: Students select between the project option OR the thesis option
Project Option:
EDG 544/844Curr Top & Research Literacy ((Note: Prerequisite to EDG 544/844 - minimum of 18 credits))3
EDG 595Graduate Capstone Project ((Minimum of 27 credits and permission of instructor))3
Thesis Option:
EDG 544/844Curr Top & Research Literacy3
EDG 590/890Thesis Completion Seminar3
READING SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION - 3 credits beyond the Master's degree
EDG 596/896Literacy Internship3
EDG 629/913Portfolio III0
(Upon completion of the Master’s and Internship students are eligible for the #5017 Reading Specialist license)
Electives in Reading (Other courses may be taken with the permission of the Director of Graduate Literacy)

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Purpose:

The two Graduate Special Education programs  are  designed  to  prepare  students  with  a  baccalaureate  degree  in education for a license in Cross-Categorical (CCSE-middle childhood  to  adolescence)  or  Early  Childhood  Special Education (ECSE- birth to age 8) . Both programs are designed to meet state standards and requirements as well as the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) standards. As of this printing the federal government has designated Special Education as an area of “teacher shortage.” This means that at completion of the graduate studies, teachers often qualify for loan reduction or loan cancellation depending on the type of loan they have received and the location of their teaching position.

The student may opt to earn licensure only, or may earn the Master of Science in Education degree with a focus in Special Education by also completing the research component. The Graduate Special Education Programs are fully online. The 800/900 level courses are online courses. Prerequisite for admission to the Graduate Special Education Programs is successful completion of a baccalaureate degree. The CCSE and ECSE licenses are add-on licenses, students must hold a current teaching license if seeking licensure . Prerequisite for the Master of Science in Education degree only, with no licensure, is successful completion of a baccalaureate  degree .

CROSS CATEGORICAL SPECIAL EDUCATION

These are the required courses for the student entering the program with an Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license.

EDG 515/815Educ Research Methods3
EDG 595/895Graduate Capstone Project3
OR
EDG 590/890Thesis Completion Seminar3
EDG 735/935Char & Legal Issues in SPED3
EDG 737/937Lf Span & Dev Chld/Excep Needs3
EDG 739/934Reading Diag/Instruct Spec Ed3
EDG 741/941Curr Adapt Learners with Excep3
EDG 742/942Consul,Collabor and Teaming3
EDG 743/943Cross Catg Sp Ed: StdTchng/Sem1
EDG 627/996Portfolio I0
EDG 628/997Portfolio II0
EDG 629/998Portfolio III0
Electives (8 credits)
Total credits for a Master's degree and Cross-Categorical Special Education licensure (#1801) for students entering with an Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license: minimum of 30 Crs.
In addition to the above list (minus elective courses), the following courses are required for students entering the program without an Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license.
EDG 724/919Teach Stu w Sig Disabilities3
EDG 779/979Asses & Inst Spec Needs Child3
EDG 784/984Ed/Behv Manag in Spec Ed3
EDG 787/987Intervent Strateg in Spec Educ3
Total credits for a Master's degree and Cross-Categorical Special Education licensure (#1801) for students entering without an Adaptive Education Minor and/or current special education license. Minimum of 34 Crs.

EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (License #1809)

These are the courses required for the student entering the program with an Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license.

EDG 515/815Educ Research Methods3
EDG 595/895Graduate Capstone Project3
OR
EDG 590/890Thesis Completion Seminar3
EDG 731/931Eval Tech/Erly Child Spec Educ3
EDG 732/938Cur & Prog Erly Chld Sp Ed 0-83
EDG 733/930Lang Acq&Lit Sp Ed 0-3/PK/Prim3
EDG 735/935Char & Legal Issues in SPED3
EDG 742/942Consul,Collabor and Teaming3
EDG 744/944EC Sp Ed:Studnt Tchng/Sem1
EDG 627/996Portfolio I0
EDG 628/997Portfolio II0
EDG 629/998Portfolio III0
Electives (8 credits)
Total credits for Master's degree and early Childhood Special Education licensure (#1809) for students entering with an Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license: minimum of 30 Crs.
EDG 724/919Teach Stu w Sig Disabilities3
EDG 784/984Ed/Behv Manag in Spec Ed3
EDG 787/987Intervent Strateg in Spec Educ3
EDG 737/937Lf Span & Dev Chld/Excep Needs3
Total credits for a Master's degree and Early Childhood Special Education licensure (#1809) for students entering without an Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license license: minimum of 34 Crs.
NOTE: Cross Categorical and Early Childhood Special Education licensure coursework without a Master's degree is available.
Electives in Special Education
EDG 562/862
EDG 768/968Sign Lang for Spec Educator3
EDG 769/969Strat Integ Autism Spec Dis3
EDG 637/945Strat Ed At-Risk Youth3
EDG 740/940Assist Tech Indiv/Spec Needs3
EDG 723/946Coll w Fam & Pro Div Soc3
EDG 781/936Lan/Comm Disorders3
In addition to the courses above (minus elective course), the following courses are required for students entering the program without a minor in Adaptive Education Minor and/or a current special education license.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION - TEACHING AND LEARNING

Purpose

This concentration is designed to prepare master classroom teachers. The program enables the teacher to improve classroom-teaching skills and increase understanding of the process of education and the art of teaching. The program requires eighteen (18) semester hours of required courses, and allows for fifteen (15) semester hours of course work related to the teacher interest areas. The total Master’s degree requires thirty-three (33) semester hours.

There are multiple tracks available in this concentration:

  • Master’s Degree for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle or High School Teacher

  • Master’s Degree with Teacher Certification (please see Graduate Teacher Certification Program section of catalog) .

Optional licensure tracks: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education,  ESL, Bilingual, Gifted & Talented and Alternative Education.

Teaching and Learning for K - 12 Teachers (Traditional Path) -33 Credits Required

Required Courses

Required Courses:
EDG 507/807Curriculum Leadership3
EDG 521/821Human Learn & Motivation3
EDG 528/828Strat Effect Teaching3
EDG 699/887Assessment for Learning3
EDG 515/815Educ Research Methods3
EDG 590/890Thesis Completion Seminar (EDG 515 is a prerequisite)3
OR
EDG 595/895Graduate Capstone Project (EDG 515 is a prerequisite)3
EDG 627/924Portfolio I0
EDG 628/925Portfolio II0
EDG 629/926Portfolio III0
Electives:
EDG 509/809Disciplinary Literacy3
EDG 552/852Improve Literacy Instruction3
EDG 569Contemp Iss Family & Parenting3
EDG 526American Family Today3
EDG 533/833Leadership for Change3
EDG 535/835Legal/Ethic Issues in Ed Admin3
EDG 537/837Supervision of Instruction3
EDG 576/876Lit-Kindergarten to Secondary3
EDG 801Issues in American Education3
EDG 811Servant Leadership3
EDG 632/932Educating Students at Risk3
EDG 633/933Alternative Education3
EDT 589/889Applyng Tech in the Classroom3
EDT 670/970Integrat Tech in the Classroom3
COUN 543/843Counsel-Theory & Issues3
Other courses may be taken as part of your program with the adviser/director’s approval.