Graduate Education Admissions Criteria

Graduate Education offers a Master of Arts in Education that was designed to be coupled with a certificate, licensure, or endorsement program. Students may also elect to pursue simply an add-on licensure or a  certificate program.  If you are looking to only take a class or two for professional development you may petition to take up to six (6) hours as a student-at-large (a non-degree or program seeking student).  

Online:  Add-on licensures and certificates, and Initial Teaching Licensure (Post-Baccalaureate)

  • Cross-categorical Special Education (WI 801)
  • Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching certificate (national)
  • Reading Teacher (WI 316)
  • Reading Specialist (WI 17)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Cross-categorical Special Education - Initial Teaching License

Blended (online and face-to-face)

  • M.A. In Education (national)
  • Principal (WI 51)
  • Principal (Iowa 189)
  • Director of Instruction (WI 10)
  • Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (WI 80)
  • Superintendent (WI 03)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Content Areas - Initial Teaching Licenses

Locations for the M.A. in Education and Educational Leadership* programs:  

  • Des Moines, Iowa  
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Viterbo University-Main Campus
  • Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Green Bay, Wis.
  • Middleton, Wis.
  • Milwaukee

* Note: Not all programs are offered at each location.  All locations offer programs based upon interest level, please see "Dates and Deadlines" for more information regarding semesters in which we enroll students in each program and location.   

M.A. in Education Required Application Documents
    Applicants into the M.A. in Education program must submit the following documents: 
    • All official transcripts from degree-granting institutions
    • Educational Loan Agreement and Disclosure Statement (Viterbo University's Business Office form, not a Federal Student Loan)
    • Teacher/Educator License (a copy)*
    • Essays (three in total)
    • Background Check** (submit an updated copy from the Wisconsin Department of Justice)

    *Note:  The Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching Certificate is open to educators from a variety of professional settings outside of K-12 education and therefore does not require a license to enroll.  

    ** Background check is only required for those who are combining a Wisconsin licensure program with the M.A. in Education in Wisconsin as part of the Department of Public Instruction 

    Applicants to the following:  Principal (IA 189), Principal (WI 51), Director of Instruction (WI 10), and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (WI 80) emphasis areas must also submit: 
    • Letter of recommendation from your administrator
    Student-at-Large:

    If you wish to take only a few graduate credits for professional growth and do not wish to enroll in a certificate or degree program please contact Graduate Admissions at GradAdmissions@Viterbo.edu. 

     

    Licensure and Certificate Application Documents
    Teacher Licensure and Certificates (Add-on):
    • All Official Transcripts from degree-granting institutions
    • Educational Loan Agreement and Disclosure Statement (Viterbo University's Business Office form not a Federal Student Loan)
    • Teacher/Educator License (a copy)*
    • Background Check (submit an updated copy from the Wisconsin Department of Justice)

    *note:  The Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching Certificate is open to educators from a variety of professional settings outside of K-12 education and therefore does not require a license to enroll.  

    Teacher Licensure - Initial (Post-Baccalaureate) 
    • All Official Transcripts from degree-granting institutions,
    • Transcripts from institutions where you have earned other applicable credits for the program (e.g. courses in your content area of interest)
    • Educational Loan Agreement and Disclosure Statement (Viterbo University's Business Office form, not a Federal Student Loan)
    • Essay, one page addressing "Why you would like to be a teacher"
    • Teacher License (submit a copy only if you have a Substitute or Emergency license)
    Reading Specialist (17):

    Applicants to the  Reading Specialist (17) add-on licensure only path must hold a Master's degree, possess or be in process of receiving the Reading Teach 316 licensure at the time of application.   

    • All official transcripts from degree-granting institutions
    • Educational Loan Agreement and Disclosure Statement (Viterbo University's Business Office form, not a Federal Student Loan)
    • Teacher/Educator License (a copy)*
    • Background Check (submit an updated copy from the Wisconsin Department of Justice)
    Educational Leadership Licensures:

    Applicants to the Educational Leadership licensures only paths must hold a master's degree.  Otherwise, these programs can be completed as part of the M.A. in Education (please refer to the  M.A. in Education for requirements if applicable).

    • All official transcripts from degree-granting institutions
    • Educational Loan Agreement and Disclosure Statement (Viterbo University's Business Office form, not a Federal Student Loan)
    • Teacher/Educator License (a copy)
    • One letter of recommendation from your administrator
    • Essay (only required for applicants to the Iowa Principal 189)
    • Background Check (submit an updated copy from the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Wisconsin licensure applicants only)
    Superintendent Licensure:

    Applicants to the Superintendent Licensure must possess a Master's degree and hold a current Principal license. 

    • All official transcripts from degree-granting institutions
    • Educational Loan Agreement and Disclosure Statement (Viterbo University's Business Office form not a Federal Student Loan)
    • Teacher/Educator License (a copy)
    • One letter of recommendation from your administrator
    • Essay (only required for applicants to the Iowa Principal 189)
    • Background Check (submit an updated copy from the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Wisconsin Licensure applicants only)
    Student-at-Large:

    If you wish to take only a few graduate credits for professional growth and do not wish to enroll in a certificate or degree program please contact Graduate Admissions at GradAdmissions@Viterbo.edu. 

    Creating and Completing Your Application

    Creating your Application Account

    1. Select the Graduate Programs Application
    2. Creating your Applicant Account (or log in if already have an account – skip to Step 3):
      1. Entry Term:  (select entry term)
      2. Academic Area: Graduate Education – Wisconsin or Iowa
      3. Academic Program: (select appropriate level and program)
        • Master’s degree select:  Master of Arts in Education  – WI or IA (with your emphasis/licensure/certificate of interest)
        • Licensure or Certificate programs only select:  Graduate Education (with your licensure or certificate of interest)
      4. Academic Level: Graduate
      5. Admit Type: (select appropriate level and program)
        • Master’s degree select:  Master of Arts in Education  – WI or IA (with your emphasis/licensure/certificate of interest
        • Licensure or Certificate programs only select:  Graduate Education (with your licensure or certificate of interest)
    3. Create your Password  

    Completing your Application

    Welcome to the application process!  Please plan for about 30 minutes to complete your application without the required supplemental items.  Once you submit the application form you will be directed to log back in to submit the additional required (supplemental) application documents (e.g. essays, resume, proof of licensure, etc.)

    Section 1:  Student Information

    Section 2:  Demographics
    Section 3:  Enrollment Information
    • Entry Term:  (select entry term)
      • Academic Area: Graduate Education – Wisconsin or Iowa
      • Academic Program: (select appropriate level and program)
        • Master’s degree select:  Master of Arts in Education  – WI or IA (with your emphasis/licensure/certificate of interest)
        • Licensure or Certificate programs only select:  Graduate Education (with your licensure or certificate of interest)
      • Location:  (select the appropriate location)
      • Admit Type: (select appropriate level and program)
        • Master’s degree select:  Graduate Degree Seeking
        • Licensure or Certificate programs only select:  Graduate non-degree
      • Teaching Experience
      • Certifications
      • References/Recommenders
        Section 4:  Academics
        • Must list all degree-granting institution(s)

        (Do not include institutions where you did NOT earn a degree, unless you are transferring in credits from these schools. Type in the school name then select “search” to find each College/University)

        Section 5:  Employment Information: 
        • List only Teaching experience(s)

        Section 6:  Signature
        • Sign and date
         FINAL STEP
        • Submit Application
        • If an error pops up, simply click on the error item and correct, then SUBMIT again.
        • Log Out
        Essays

          The Master of Arts in Education program (required for all emphasis/licensures) must also submit a three-part writing assignment responding to the three required components noted below. 

          • Reflection on Philosophy of Education
          • Professional Development Plan
          • Professional Application of Teaching Standards

          Detailed instructions regarding the format and the specific topics/questions you must address are found below and under the M.A. in Education, Resources section of the website. Please, upload only ONE document – combine all three questions into one PDF or Word document)

          Master of Arts in Education - Application for Admissions Essays (three-part)
          Writing Guidelines for the MA in Education Application for Admissions Essays

          Rubric for Assessment - Professional Development Plan

           

          Rubric for Assessment - Professional Application of Teaching Standards

           

          Rubric for Assessment - Reflection on Philosophy of Education

           

          Submitting Documents

          Transcripts

          Official transcript(s) evidencing baccalaureate and master’s degree (if applicable) from an accredited, degree-granting institution. Faxed, emailed, or hand-delivered transcripts are not accepted. 

          Transcripts must be requested and sent directly from the institution electronically (transcripts@viterbo.edu) or via mail:

          Enrollment Operations
          Viterbo University
          900 Viterbo Dr.
          La Crosse, WI 54601

          Viterbo University also accepts electronic transcripts from Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, and Credentials Solutions. Please select “Office of Admission – Traditional Programs” as your destination, if given more than one option when ordering electronic transcripts.

          Educational Loan Agreement and Disclosure Statement

          Please carefully read, and sign, the Viterbo University Educational Loan Agreement and Disclosure Statement regarding billing, late fees, the refund policy, and electronic signature approval.

          Teacher/Educator License(s)

          Please upload a copy of your current teacher and or administrator licenses, you may also print a PDF directly from your State’s Department of Instruction/Education website.

          Letters of Recommendation

          One letter of recommendation is required for application and consideration to the Educational Leadership programs.  Please select a current academic administrator who can speak to your leadership potential and academic potential at the graduate level.  Please provide your recommender with the following link: https://clgreport.exchange.viterbo.edu/LetterofRecommendation/LetterofRecommendation.aspx)

          • Licensures:  Principal, Director of Instruction, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, and Superintendent
          • M.A. in Education with the following specializations:  Principal, Director of Instruction, and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services

          Background Check

          Applicants to all Graduate Education Add-on licensure programs are required to submit an updated background check at the time of application as part of the admissions process. 

          Please visit the Wisconsin Department of Justice for a current copy of your background and submit it as part of your supplemental documents.