Master of Arts in Education:

Licensure to Master's Specialization

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Licensure to Master's

Total semester hours: 39 - 60

Teach and change lives - starting with your own

The Licensure to Master’s Specialization was created to answer a growing need for qualified, dedicated, experienced professional teachers in the classrooms of our communities. The unique timeframe allows current professionals, or those with other commitments, the freedom and flexibility to become licensed teachers and continue on to earn a Master of Arts in Education degree if they wish, all within a reasonable time period

The three specializations offered within the Licensure to Master's program are:

  • Early Childhood/Middle Childhood
  • Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence
  • Early Adolescence/Adolescence

This program was created with the same exacting standards of Alverno’s critically acclaimed and award-winning, ability-based curriculum. Building upon the core knowledge gained from an undergraduate degree program in one of four broad areas (English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies), candidates in Alverno’s Licensure to Master’s Specialization are provided with a practical, hands-on approach to a new career in teaching.

  • If you have a Bachelor’s degree, you could be a licensed teacher within two years or less.
  • Graduate courses are offered in Alverno’s distinctive “every other weekend” timeframe, perfect for working professionals. In summer, these courses are offered one night a week. Needed undergraduate courses for the two elementary licensure programs are offered alternately in day and evening timeframes.
  • Curriculum is designed so students can take one or two graduate courses each semester.
  • For teachers on emergency credentials, student teaching can be “on the job.”

In addition to our standard Master of Arts in Education application requirements, applicants to this specialization must:

  • If seeking early adolescence/adolescence licensure, have completed the equivalent of a major in one of the four core content areas—English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies
  • Submit three letters of recommendation that describe strengths as a learner or worker and the ability to work with the appropriate age group
  • Pass the PPST/Praxis I (Reading, Math, Writing)
  • Pass the Praxis II in the appropriate content area prior to student teaching
  • Complete a personal interview
  • Undergo a criminal background check
  • Have a TB test before student teaching

Limited Enrollment

Alverno College has built an international reputation for individualized, personal attention in the classroom; therefore, a maximum of 25 candidates may start the program each fall and spring.

To request an information packet and application form e-mail Admissions. Questions? Contact Mary Claire Jones, Graduate Admissions Office, at 414-382-6106, toll free at 800-933-3401, or e-mail:


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