Preparing educators who are grounded in Franciscan values and possess the knowledge and skills to be reflective decision makers for the 21st century.
100% Teacher Performance Assessment Pass Rate
Teaching is not a job, it is a calling. Today’s teachers are part of a professional community that promotes lifelong learning, community engagement, and empowerment. Teaching introduces students to new and exciting topics that will help form the future aspirations and career paths of tomorrow’s leaders. It is a great time to become a teacher, and teachers are in high demand. Viterbo’s exceptional placement rates and Teacher Performance Assessment rates attest to our program’s strengths and the success of our graduates.
Education Program Options
- Elementary education (K–9)
- minor in early childhood education available
- minor in cross-categorical special education available
- Secondary education
- art education
- broad field social studies education
- business education
- English education
- math education
- Music education
- science education
- Spanish education
- technology education
At Viterbo, our education faculty have extensive experience in the classroom and are dedicated to training teachers to become ethical leaders and exceptional educators. Viterbo graduates have over 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching and receive extensive training in both their content area (e.g., art, business, or science) and the theory and practice of being a teacher. The Viterbo program has a strong, collaborative partnership with area schools and students’ field experience in local schools happens early in their course work.
Viterbo’s education program has a rich history of training teachers to become ethical leaders and exceptional educators. Viterbo elementary education majors log over 100 hours of field experience prior to student teaching and receive extensive training in their content area, teaching theory, and teaching practice. Viterbo’s education faculty are caring and approachable and have extensive experience in the classroom.
With the Spanish language being spoken more and more across the country, the need for Spanish teachers continues to rise. Students majoring in Spanish education take a combination of Spanish courses in the School of Humanities, and classes from the School of Education, where students learn the ins and outs of leading a classroom and being an effective teacher. Study abroad opportunities are abundant for those in the Spanish program, and students are given the opportunity to explore the culture of Latin America and Latinos with a focus on social justice. Viterbo University’s Spanish program provides the language and cultural skills that prepare students for a future as a Spanish teacher, and the education program effectively ensures that all graduates are ready to pass knowledge onto the next generations.
The Viterbo University business education major prepares students to become business teachers at the middle and secondary levels. Through a combination of courses from the Dahl School of Business and the School of Education, a strong liberal arts foundation is provided, setting students up to enter the sought after field of business education. This foundation, paired with education courses taken through the School of Education, prepares students for a teaching career in public or private schools.
Biology is the study of life and the study of how that life is relevant to our everyday existence. A degree in biology education prepares the student to lead a biology classroom at the middle and high school levels in a way that sets pupils up to enjoy their curriculum, and seek more scientific knowledge. This major is perfect for those who want to teach, and have a passion for biology or other sciences.
English education offers Viterbo students the ability to pair the knowledge and understanding of an English major with the knowledge and skills to be an effective English teacher in middle school and high school settings. Preparation as an English teacher allows students to develop their own creative self expression, develop as writers, and increase their critical thinking through analysis of literature . This field is perfect for those who have always enjoyed English courses, and feel that teaching is their passion. A minimum of 11 credits in natural science and/or mathematics courses are required for the Bachelor of Science path.
Art education majors at Viterbo University start with a year-long Freshman Art Foundations experience, or “boot camp,” where drawing, design, and art history lessons help build confident artists and teachers. Art education students learn from practicing artists and designers in state-of-the-art studios and digital labs. Besides learning artistic techniques on campus, art education majors will spend much of their time in the community and area schools learning and gaining hands-on teaching experience. Art education students begin teaching, as part of the Afterschool Art Workshop for children ages 5–12 then as teaching artists in residence in K–12 schools. These experiences are unique to Viterbo’s art education program. With an art education degree from Viterbo University, graduates will be ready to teach artistic techniques and inspire people of all ages. This foundation, paired with education courses taken through the School of Education, prepares students for a teaching career in public or private schools.
Students who complete the music education program are qualified to apply for K–12 general/6–12 choral music certification through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Viterbo's program has a strong reputation for producing caring and competent teachers, and has a high job placement rate for graduates. Viterbo has active student chapters of Music Educators National Association and American Choral Directors Association. This foundation, paired with education courses taken through the School of Education, prepares students for a teaching career in public or private schools.
Broad field social studies education combines the study of history with the breadth of insights and understanding from the social sciences. The program prepares students for teaching positions in economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology. Students also take courses in the School of Education, and learn the educational tools and social studies knowledge needed in order to be a successful teacher at the middle and secondary school levels. This foundation, paired with education courses taken through the School of Education, prepares students for a teaching career in public or private schools.
The mathematics education major at Viterbo University explores many different concepts, particularly patterns, space, and change. The degree provides a solid foundation in logical and critical thinking and unique problem solving skills. This foundation, paired with education courses taken through the School of Education, prepares students for a career in secondary education. These skills, and degree, also translate well into other in-demand fields, such as business, industry, and government.
Technology education teachers are in high demand and Viterbo's program has a 100% placement rate. Technology education teachers have a unique opportunity to expose young people to a wide variety of hands-on technology-related projects and explore possible career paths. These highly skilled educators play a critical role in developing the workforce of tomorrow. The technology education program is built around a collaborative effort between Viterbo University and Western Technical College. The School of Education at Viterbo provides coursework on the fundamentals of education theory and practice. Technology courses at Western provide the fundamentals of woodworking, construction, computer aided drafting, manufacturing techniques, fabrication, engine and fluid systems. With a degree in technology education, graduates will be ready to excel in this high demand field.
The Post-baccalaureate licensure program is an accelerated program for students who already have an undergraduate degree and would like to pursue a teaching license. For most content areas, the program can be completed in as little as one year.
Early childhood education is an important aspect of building contributing members of society. These early years of development play a significant role in shaping who individuals will become. With an early childhood education minor at, students can graduate into the field and make an impact. The minor also works well as a supplement for social work, elementary education, and psychology majors—any degree where the student's career outlook may involve specializing in working with children. The early childhood education minor also offers the knowledge required to be a preschool teacher or childcare administrator.
The cross-categorical special education minor prepares teachers to strengthen their instructional practices, increase achievement for all students, and become educational leaders. Students who are following the path of earning a B.S. in education and wish to become special education instructors are perfect for this minor. The special education minor at also provides students with the cross-categorical special education license. The special education license obtained upon graduation is based on the student's major. If the student is an elementary education major, then their special education license will be for grades K–8, for example. Transfer course and waivers and/or substitutions could modify these credit totals.