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Graduate Programs

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 early childhood classroom.

Our program has been revised to meet the needs of our students and to align with the licensing requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI).  Students will complete requirements for their teaching license within two years and can choose to complete a master’s degree with one additional course.

Key Features

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

Program Curriculum


Admissions Requirements

The admissions process is designed so that those who enter and complete the program will obtain their license and be prepared for a career as a teacher. Individuals who complete the admissions process before May 15 will have priority for admission into the fall cohort. Later applicants may be admitted if space is available.

All candidates need to meet these admissions requirements:

  • submitted online UW-River Falls application and payment of the processing fee;
  • transcripts showing an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 based on a 4.0 scale;
  • qualifying scores from a basic skills exam (visit the Educator Preparation Program web site for options); and
  • a personal letter of intent indicating the reasons for your interest in the program.

Send all documents directly to the UWRF Graduate Admissions Office by mail or email. Transcripts must be sent to UWRF directly from your previously attended institution. Criminal background checks are performed on all admitted students.

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