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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.

Program Curriculum

Degree Requirements

Initial Licensure Requirements, 31 credits
TED 661 Health and Physical Education for Elementary Teachers, 2 credits
TED 701 Psychology of Teaching and Learning, 3 credits
TED 706 Historical, Philosophical and Multicultural Foundations of Education, 3 credits
TED 708 Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Curriculum and Early Childhood Methods, 3 credits
TED 711 Literacy Methods: English Language Arts Assessment, Instruction and Intervention, 3 credits
TED 713 Social Studies Methods and Children's Literature, 3 credits
TED 716 Inclusive Education for English Learners and Students with Special Needs, 3 credits
TED 726 Creative Expression: Methods in Arts, Integrated Movement and Wellness, 3 credits
TED 731 STEM-infused Math for Elementary Educators, 3 credits
TED 738 Integrated STEM: Methods for Elementary Science Education, 3 credits
TED 741 Assessment Principals for Elementary Educators, 3 credits
TED 746 Student Teaching, Grades PreK-6, 6 credits

Degree Completion Requirements, 3 credits
TED 748 Capstone Experience Course for Elementary Teachers, 3 credits

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 prepared 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 157 from Praxis Subject Assessment exam for Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5018);
  • 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 Subject Assessments, visit the the Educational Testing Service (ETS) web page. 

Request that all scores be sent directly to our institution using code 1918.

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

Quick Response


For More Information

Dr. Hilary Pollack
Interim Program Director

Contact Us

Admissions Office
M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
112 South Hall