An inspired world of education. Marian made.

Welcome to Marian University, and your first step to becoming an innovative, skilled educator of today’s 21st century classroom.

At Marian, we share your passion for education. We’ve been educating future teachers for nearly 80 years. We’ve crafted our graduate and doctoral programs to help you engage in learning at the highest level – and position you to inspire even more students, families and communities with exceptional leadership. As a student here, you’ll experience quality instruction from an expert and passionate faculty with the personalized support and affordability that is essential to you and your future.

Master of Arts in Education

Educational leadership

Our educational leadership program will prepare you for leadership roles in PK–12 schools. Upon completing the program, you’ll earn licensure as a school principal (Wisconsin code 51), director of instruction (Wisconsin code 10), school business manager (Wisconsin code 8) or director of special education and pupil services (Wisconsin code 80).
Cost: $540 per credit
Courses begin: January, May and August

Special education

We believe every learner has the equal right to an appropriate and challenging education. In our special education program, you’ll learn how to make this opportunity a reality in your classroom. Offered in a 100% online format, this program will lead you to earn licensure in Special Education for Cross Categorical (801) or Specific Learning Disabilities (811), or a master’s degree, or both.
Cost: $540 per credit
Courses begin: January and August

Teacher education

We’ve crafted our teacher education program for lifelong learners who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education. As a graduate of either the certificate or master’s degree program, you’ll be prepared to teach in grades 1–8 and be qualified for or the Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence license through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Cost: $540 per credit
Courses begin: January and August

Doctor of Philosophy

Designed to educate the whole person and increase your leadership capacity, our Ph.D. program supports study for active professionals in a wide range of fields, including business, education, government, health care, and social services. Our concentrations in curriculum and instruction leadership, educational administration, and leadership studies will prepare you to continue your lifelong journey of learning and spark a passion for excellence.
Cost: $660 per credit
Courses begin: January and August


For educators seeking licensure only, we offer the following opportunities:

  • Alternative Education
  • Cross-Categorical
  • Director of Instruction
  • Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
  • Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence
  • Principal
  • Reading Teacher
  • School Business Administrator
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Superintendent (cost: $660 per credit)

Institute of Professional Development

Through our Institute of Professional Development, we provide professional development opportunities in a variety of formats including online courses, face-to-face courses, workshops and in-services. Topics range from differentiated instruction and educational technology to assessment and writing student learning objectives.

Now, it’s time for the next step.

By sharing your contact information and area of interest, we can get you all the information you’re looking for and provide you with personal, one-on-one assistance. Fill in and submit your information and within 24 hours one of our dedicated admission counselors will contact you to discuss how we can assist you in achieving your goals as an educator.

Ready to get started and achieve your goals at Marian University? Apply today!


Have additional questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us direct at or 920.923.7650.