Elementary Education classroom

Elementary Education

 Important Notice

The UW-River Falls College of Education and Professional Studies is in the process of revising the MSE-Elementary Education program to enhance the learning experience. At this time, we expect to welcome new students with the start of the fall 2016 term.

If you have questions about the changes planned for this program or about the requirements for admission, please complete the Quick Response form below and a member of our staff will contact you. Thank you for your interest.

Master of Science in Education
Initial Teaching Certification

Who Should Enroll

  • Individuals with an undergraduate degree in an area other than education who want to become certified to teach in an elementary or middle school.
  • Individuals who want to add elementary certification to a current teaching license.

Key Features

  • Completion of WI certification requirements for Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) while pursuing the Master's degree.
  • Evening graduate classes, with part-time and full-time options.
  • Field experiences in elementary and middle schools integrated throughout the program.

Program Curriculum

Degree Requirements

Professional education courses, 31 credits
Prior to admission to Educator Preparation Program
, 16 credits
TED 700 Curriculum in the Elementary School, 3 credits
TED 745 Psychology of Teaching, 6 credits
TED 740 Historical/Philosophical/Multicultural Foundations of American Education, 4 credits
SPED 530 The Exceptional Child, 3 credits

Post admission to Educator Preparation Program, 18 credits

TED 705
Language Arts in the Elementary School, 3 credits
TED 707 Adolescent Literature & New Literacies for the Elem. Teacher, 3 credits
TED 710 Social Studies in the Elementary School, 3 credits
TED 715 Science in the Elementary School, 3 credits
TED 720 Mathematics in the Elementary School, 3 credits
READ 760 Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School, 3 credits

Student teaching, 12 credits
TED 472 Student Teaching: Elementary School, 12 credits

Oral Exam for Master's degree. Required only for the degree, not for teacher licensing.

Required supporting coursework required for elementary teacher certification:

MATH 647 Math for Elementary Teachers, 3 credits
TED 553 Environmental Education, 1 credit
MUS 350 Music for Elementary Teachers, 2 credits
TED 661 Health / Physical Ed. for Elem. Teachers, 2 credits

Coursework equivalents from your undergraduate work may be counted for the above credits. Any courses needed from the list can be completed at any time in the program, but must be finished to receive a license.

Teacher Licensing Requirements

  • successful completion of all coursework, with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale 
  • student teaching
  • certification portfolio - Students should consult with their advisor on Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction portfolio requirements.
  • Basic Skills Testing
  • Praxis II Middle School Content Knowledge Test, with a qualifying score of 146
  • Wisconsin Foundation of Reading Test, with a qualifying score of 240
  • Successful completion of the edTPA (teacher Performance Assessment)

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the graduate student Admission Requirements, applicants must obtain satisfactory scores on the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) before or within the first semester of enrollment.

Praxis II: Middle School Content (Test Code: 0146) passing score = 146

Praxis I (PPST) test scores in Reading (=175); Writing (=174); and Math (=173)

Quick Response


For More Information

Pamela Bowen
Outreach Program Manager

(715) 425-0633