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Elementary Education

Master of Science in Education and Initial Teaching Certification

This graduate program is designed for Individuals with an undergraduate degree in an area other than education who want to become certified to teach in an elementary or middle school.

Key Features

  • Completion of Wisconsin certification* requirements for Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (grades preK-6) while pursuing the master's degree.
  • Field experiences in elementary and early childhood settings integrated throughout the program.
  • Classes offered during the evenings and in combination with online coursework.

*Pending WI DPI approval

Program Curriculum

A revised list of required courses is under development and will be posted as soon as all approvals are obtained.

Admissions Requirements

Our program has been recently revised to meet the needs of our students and to align with the licensing requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI). The resulting admissions process will ensure that those who complete the program will obtain their license and be prepare to succeed as a teacher. 

Beginning with applications for fall 2016, candidates will need to provide the following :

  • completed online UW-River Falls application received with $56 processing fee;
  • transcript showing an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based on a 4.0 scale;
  • qualifying minimum score of 147 from Praxis II Elementary Content Knowledge Exam;
  • a  personal letter of intent indicating the reasons for your interest in the program; and
  • qualifying scores from a basic skills exam (choose from the following options).

Basic Skills Exam Options

 Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators

 The GRE® General Test
(prior to 8/1/2011)

 The GRE® Revised General Test
(after 8/1/2011)

Reading (5712) – 156
Writing (5722) – 162
Mathematics (5732) – 150

 Quantitative Reasoning ≥ 540
Verbal Reasoning ≥  450
Analytical Writing ≥ 3

 Quantitative Reasoning ≥ 145
Verbal Reasoning ≥ 150
Analytical Writing ≥ 3

 For more information go to  (Please note that ACT/SAT scores do not meet basic skills requirements for this graduate program.) 

Send all documents directly to the UWRF Admissions Office by mail or email. Transcripts must be sent to UWRF directly from your previously attended institution.

For more information on the Praxis II exam, visit the Educator Preparation Program web page. When submitting your test scores, reference the following institutional codes, 5014 for Praxis II exam and 1918 for Praxis Core and GRE exams

All candidates will be subject to a criminal background check upon admission to the program.

Applicants who submit all admissions documents before May 15 will be given priority admissions status. All completed applications will be reviewed at that time. If space allows, additional applications will continue to be accepted until July 15, 2016.

Quick Response


For More Information

Dr. Hilary Pollack
Interim Program Director


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