Teacher Education Certification Program

The Teacher Education Certification Program offers an alternative pathway to certification for non-traditional students who possess a baccalaureate degree and are interested in making a career change. The program prepares students for teaching grades 1-8 and qualifies them for the Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence license offered through the Department of Public Instruction.

Upon completion of the 35 credit licensure program, students can choose to apply to the master degree program, complete 8 additional credits, and earn a Master of Arts in Education degree.

This standards-based program reflects the integration of content, pedagogy, and professional studies and is comprised of 35 credits, which includes field experiences and clinical practice (student teaching). Classes are held primarily evenings and online in spring, summer and fall, to meet the needs of students presently working in other careers. Currently, courses are offered in Appleton, Fond du Lac, Wausau and West Allis. Following the program schedules and course requirements, students can complete the program in six semesters or approximately two years.

Teacher Education Department

Post Baccalaureate Elementary-Middle Education (TCH)

The mission of Graduate Level Teacher Education Program (TCH) is to prepare candidates who already have a bachelors’ degree for the teaching profession by providing candidates with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to assist them to develop the pedagogical, content, and technological skills necessary to function effectively as a teacher in the areas of elementary and middle school education.

Program Learning Outcomes

After completion of this program, candidates will demonstrate:An understanding of the teaching standards, including the knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of a professional teacher.

  1. Academic competence in a broad base of general education and in a major appropriate for the licensure being sought and demonstrate knowledge of a variety of effective teaching methods and materials (including technology) which utilize skills that effectively apply content knowledge and knowledge of children and adolescents to the learning environment.
  2. The ability to design instruction effectively using a variety of instructional strategies and adapting instruction to encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills for all students. Candidates also reflect on the instructional process to improve future teaching and learning experiences.
  3. An understanding and an ability to design, assess, and evaluate (both formal and informal) assessments for student learning and reflects on the assessment process to improve future teaching and learning experiences.
  4. An understanding of a diverse student population and apply appropriate instructional strategies and assessments that acknowledge sensitivity to students’ diverse learning needs.
  5. An understanding of a diverse student population and apply appropriate instructional strategies and assessments that acknowledge sensitivity to students’ diverse learning needs.

43 credits as follows:

40 credits:

TCH 600 Orientation to the Program, 0 cr.

TDE 612 Action Research, 3 cr.

TDE 613 Action Research in Education: Reporting the Findings, 2 cr.

TDE 616 Perspectives in American Education, 3 cr.

TDE 618 Advanced Educational Psychology, 3 cr.

TCH 640 Education in the Age of Technology, 2 cr.

TCH 620 Literacy in the Primary Grades, 3 cr.

TCH 621 Literacy in the Intermediate Grades, 3 cr.

TCH 626 Principles of Curriculum and Assessment, 3 cr.

TCH 628 Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction, 3 cr.

TCH 630 Science and Health Curriculum and Instruction, 3 cr.

TCH 632 Social Studies and Multicultural Curriculum and Instruction, 3 cr.

TCH 601 Field Experience One, ½ cr.

TCH 602 Field Experience Two, ½ cr.

TCH 645 Clinical Practice and Seminar (grades 1-3), 4 cr.


TCH 655 Clinical Practice and Seminar (grades 4-8), 4 cr.


TCH 665 Clinical Practice and Seminar, 2-8 cr.*

3 credits from the following:

TDE 628 Classroom Strategies and Practices, 3 cr.

TDE 636 Understanding Alternative and Non-Traditional Learners, 3 cr.

TDE 638 Effective Schools' Research: What Works, 3 cr.

TDE 658 Analyzing Student Achievement in Diverse Learning Contexts, 3 cr.

TDE 645 Differentiated Instruction and Response to Intervention, 3 cr.


Fun Fact

Marian’s Sadoff Gymnasium is home to the Sabre Athletics, as well as includes newly renovated athletic training room with new training and weight equipment and a golf simulator (Source: Marian University Archives).

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Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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