Master of Science in Education - Teaching & Learning with Teacher Licensure

Concordia University Wisconsin offers an accelerated, graduate teacher licensure program known as CAPTL (Concordia Accelerated Programs for Teacher Licensure), for adults who wish to be licensed to teach in:

  • Early Childhood:  Birth - Grade 3 
  • Elementary Education: Grades K-9 
  • Secondary Education: Grades 4-12 or K-12 (depending on content area)
  • Special Education: Grades K -12 

Individuals interested in these programs must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and meet our program entrance requirements. Once students finish the licensing portion of the program and successfully complete the Capstone course (EDC 761), the Master of Science in Education with a Teaching and Learning emphasis will be awarded.

The Concordia Accelerated Programs for Teacher Licensure (CAPTL) is available at our Mequon, Madison, Appleton, and Kenosha campuses. CAPTL courses are available in both face-to-face and an online/blended option.

In addition to initial teacher licensure opportunities, CAPTL also offers add-on licensure options. These additional options include ESL, Bilingual, and Gifted &Talented.

Program Highlights

  • CAPTL cohorts begin twice each year.  All face-to-face cohorts will start each fall and online/blended cohorts will start in spring.  Check with the specific campus you want to attend to confirm start dates. Cohorts run given an adequate number of qualified accepted applicants. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
  • Face-to-face classes meet once a week for four hours in the evenings (example: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.) 
  • Online/blended courses are offered in a blended format with 75% of coursework taking place online, and 25% in a face-to-face setting. The face-to-face classes take place on the Mequon campus on Saturdays from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • All CAPTL,  provisional (initial) licensure programs require a semester of full-time student teaching
  • Students must have a Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher, as well as a 3.0 GPA in all certification areas which the student is seeking licensure. Students must have an official transcript evaluation  conducted by CUW staff to determine if all secondary core requirements have been met
  • Many minor licensure areas, including ESL and Bilingual, and Gifted & Talented are available to add to the major/initial teaching license. Participants in the ESL, Bilingual and Gifted & Talented programs are required to complete 18 additional CORE credits in the traditional Teaching and Learning Master track in order to earn a Master's of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning.

Program Specifications

  • Praxis Tests: Students must pass the Praxis I (CORE) exam OR demonstrate proficiency via alternative assessments (grades of B or better in related course content) and the Praxis II exam OR maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 within content courses prior to student teaching
  • Clinical Hours: Clinical hours are aligned and completed concurrently with program coursework prior to student teaching. Observation reflections are due at the end of each class
  • Practicum: Students will complete a supervised Practicum prior to student teaching

*Please note: changes are occasionally made to the requirements; the information described within this handbook  is subject to change without notice

Master’s Degree Eligibility

  • Only for students who have successfully completed CUW’s CAPTL -Graduate Program
  • The Master's of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning is earned when EDC 761: CAPTL Capstone course is successfully completed
  • Students have 5 years to complete the Master’s degree following the licensure portion of the program

Curriculum

Master of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning - Early Childhood & Elementary Courses – 51 Credit

EDC 750Foundations of the Teaching Profession3
EDC 751Educational Psychology; Understanding Theory of Teaching and Learning3
EDC 752Language Arts Development and Strategies3
EDC 757Teaching Diverse Students, Families and Classrooms3
EDC 758Co-Planning and Instruction for all Students3
EDC 755Interdisciplinary Instruction: Teaching in the Middle School3
EDC 754Curriculum & Methods - Language Arts and Social Studies3
EDC 756Analysis of Instruction and Assessment3
EDC 759Curriculum & Methods - STEAM3
EDC 760Curriculum & Methods - Math3
EDC xxx Teaching the Emergent Writer3
EDC 611Lang Develop & Early Literacy4
EDC 613Books and Pictures4
EDC 615Curric & Methods in ECE I4
EDC 619EC Student Teaching3
EDC 535Student Teaching Elementary1-6
EDC 761CAPTL Capstone3

 Master of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning - Elementary Courses - 39 credit 

EDC 750Foundations of the Teaching Profession3
EDC 751Educational Psychology; Understanding Theory of Teaching and Learning3
EDC 752Language Arts Development and Strategies3
EDC 757Teaching Diverse Students, Families and Classrooms3
EDC 758Co-Planning and Instruction for all Students3
EDC 755Interdisciplinary Instruction: Teaching in the Middle School3
EDC 754Curriculum & Methods - Language Arts and Social Studies3
EDC 756Analysis of Instruction and Assessment3
EDC 759Curriculum & Methods - STEAM3
EDC 760Curriculum & Methods - Math3
EDC 535Student Teaching Elementary1-6
EDC 536Student Teaching Middle School1-6
EDC 761CAPTL Capstone3

Master of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning - Secondary Courses- 33 Credit 

EDC 750Foundations of the Teaching Profession3
EDC 751Educational Psychology; Understanding Theory of Teaching and Learning3
EDC 753Language and Literature in Content Areas3
EDC 757Teaching Diverse Students, Families and Classrooms3
EDC 758Co-Planning and Instruction for all Students3
EDC 755Interdisciplinary Instruction: Teaching in the Middle School3
EDC 885Secondary Method Online Master0
Must also take one of the content area methods course below
Curr & Methods of Tchg English
Curr & Meth of Tchg Soc Studie
Curr/ Meth of Tchg Math Sec
Curr & Meth of Tchg Science
Curr & Meth Tchg Bus Education
Curr & Meth of Tchg World Lang
Curr & Meth of Tchg Art
Curr & MethTchg Phy Ed & Healt
EDC 756Analysis of Instruction and Assessment (Optional course for Secondary Math and Science)3
EDC 759Curriculum & Methods - STEAM (Optional course for Secondary Math and Science)3
EDC 586/886Studnt Tchng Middle School1-6
EDC 587/887Studnt Tchng High School1-6
EDC 761  CAPTL Capstone
Additional required courses for Mathematics or English/Language Arts License Candidates
EDC 832Teaching Writing3
EDC 812Math in The Middle School3

Business Vocational License Courses

EDG 953Prin of Career & Technical ED3
EDG 952Org & Admin of Coop Ed Program3

Master of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning - Special Education Courses - 39 Credits 

EDC 835Foundations of Special Education: Instructing Diverse Populations3
EDC 836Legal Foundations in Special Education3
EDC 837Teaching Mathematic Strategies3
EDC 838Classroom and Behavioral Management in Special Education3
EDC 839Foundational Reading and Literacy Strategies3
EDC 840Differentiated Reading Interventions for Special Education3
EDC 841Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies in Special Education3
EDC 842Characteristics of and Interventions for Students with Significant Disabilities3
EDC 843Assessment and Progress Monitoring in Special Education3
EDC 844Collaboration and Teaming for Effective Instruction3
EDC 845Special Education Student Teaching (first 9 week placement)1-6
EDC 846Special Education Student Teaching (second 9 week placement)1-6
EDC 761CAPTL Capstone3

Participants in the ESL, Bilingual and Gifted &Talented programs are required to complete 18 additional CORE credits in the traditional Teaching and Learning Master track in order to earn a Master's of Science in Education - Teaching and Learning.

ESL Minor Courses

EDG 700/900Cross Cultural Comm Teachers3
EDG 706/906Basic English Linguistics3
EDG 677/816ELL Lit: Read, Writ & Grammar3
EDG 681/817Accommod Diff in Lit Learners3
EDG 682/819Methods of Teaching ESL3
EDG 683/871Observ, Anal, & Pract in ESL3
EDG 695/897Portfolio: ESL0

Bilingual Education Concentration Courses

In addition to the above ESL minor courses the following courses will need to be taken to obtain the Bilingual Minor license.

EDG 782/982Hist, Pol, Method of Sec Lang3
EDG 783/983Obs, Anal, Pract Bilingual Cl3
EDG 785/985Portfolio: Bilingual (pass/ fail)0

Gifted and Talented Teacher License Courses:

EDC 620/820Issues & Trends in Gifted Educ3
EDC 621/821Unique Needs of Gifted Child3
EDC 622/822Instruct Students Gifts Talent3
EDC 623/823Obs, Anal, Pract Tching Gifted3
EDC 624/824Portfolio: Gifted & Talented0
For Gifted & Talented Coordinator License:
EDC 625/825Coord Gifted Talented Progs3