The Alternative Education licensure only program is for individuals with an initial teaching license who do not wish to complete a master’s degree may seek the alternative education license only (WI DPI code 1952). Students must complete a portfolio or reflective paper based on Wisconsin’s teaching standards.

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International Society for Technology in Education 
ISTE Standards for Teachers 
ISTE-T Standards

InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards 
InTasc Standards 

Wisconsin Teacher Standards 
WI Teacher Standards

Alternative Education Licensure Only (AELO – #952)

The mission of the Alternative Education Licensure Only (AELO) Program is to acknowledge the uniqueness in each child by providing candidates with the knowledge necessary to differentiate instruction and address the mismatch between the needs of children and the instruction and school services provided. The AELO Program believes the family, the community and the larger society is best served when each child’s potential within the parameters of the school system is naturally and affirmatively developed.

Program Learning Outcomes

After completion of this program, candidates will:

  1. Design instruction effectively using a variety of instructional strategies and adapting instruction to encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills of all students. The candidate continually assesses for student learning and reflects on the instruction to improve future teaching and learning experiences.
  2. Identify educational questions or problems, review the literature, plan a research strategy, collect and analyze data, take action based on results and share their findings.
  3. Demonstrate how he/she has engaged in collaboration with parents, family members, professional colleagues, and community members to promote effective teaching and student learning.

100 % of our Alternative Education Licensure graduates are already employed in area schools and are seeking this additional license to work more effectively with students at risk.

The Education Programs offered by the Marian University School of Education are approved by the:


Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Admission with full standing

To be admitted in full standing to the AELO program, applicants must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in education or related area from a regionally or nationally accredited program;
  • A teaching license or evidence of eligibility to hold such a license; and A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or a minimum GPA of 3.30 in the last 60 credits of their undergraduate program.

This is an add-on license to an initial teaching license in the State of WI. For out of state applicants, consult with the department of public instruction in your state.

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Dean, School of Education
Dr. Kelly Chaney
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8100

Program Director, Graduate Teacher Education
Sr. Catherine Stewart
1-800-262-7426 ext. 7177

Director of TEACH
Mr. Chris Durkin
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8778

Director of Field & Clinical Experiences
Mr. Phil Johnson
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8752

Support Staff
Ms. Leah Schraeder, Support Specialist III
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8128 or 920-923-8128