Master of Arts in Education:

Teaching in Alternative Schools Specialization

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Alternative Education

Total semester hours: 30

This specialization prepares licensed teachers to work with students who have not been successful in the traditional school setting, by emphasizing skills in developing integrated curriculum, using assessment to support learning and adapting curriculum for the needs of at-risk learners.

Qualified candidates must be licensed teachers working in a K-12 setting where they will be able to complete a practicum. Degree candidates complete the core requirements for the Master of Arts as well as the following courses:

  • The Purposes of Education in a Democracy (3 cr)
  • Frameworks for Assessment Practice* (3 cr)
  • Connecting the Curriculum* (3 cr)
  • Mentoring: Strengthening Professional Practice (3 cr)
  • Portfolio Presentation of Teaching* (3 cr)
  • Electives (to make a total of 15 credits) (0-6 cr)



Licensure-only Program

Alternative Education (License #952)

For the license-only option, students must submit transcripts of their previous work for review. Course requirements will be determined in relationship to the standards set forth by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Those wishing a transfer evaluation, should send copies of graduate transcripts with a note requesting an evaluation for the Alternative Education license to Alverno College Graduate Admissions, PO Box 343922, Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922.


Earn your Alternative Education license this summer!

DI 668: Frameworks for Assessment Practice
ED 642: Connecting the Curriculum (independent study)
ED 670: Portfolio Presentation of Teaching (independent study)

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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