Graduate Programs in Education

Preparing educators who are grounded in Franciscan values and possess the knowledge and skills to be reflective decision makers for the 21st century.

Program offerings online and at the following locations:

Cedar Falls, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Des Moines, IA  
Eau Claire, WI
Green Bay, WI 
La Crosse, WI
Middleton, WI
Waterloo, IA
West Allis, WI 

Viterbo's graduate programs in education prepare graduates to be leaders in their schools and communities. Graduates recognize their obligation to engage in ethical decision-making. They are advocates for best practices in education, student centered instruction, and equity in education. Our graduates understand the importance of remaining current and relevant in educational practices and trends. Viterbo University will revolutionize your instructional practices and prepare you to be an agent for change.


Program Information

Graduate education programs at Viterbo University are designed to provide teachers with skills in reading, evaluating, and conducting classroom action research. Action research can lead to improved methods, sound evaluation, and new opportunities to learn, develop, hone, and practice skills that can be applied directly in the classroom. Viterbo's programs, however, look beyond professional knowledge. Viterbo faculty believe that personal growth and development, the questioning of values, and an appreciation for the mission of the teacher are also important elements of a teaching profession. Pride in and an appreciation for the importance of teaching are keystones in the Viterbo's philosophy and mission.

Master of Arts in Education (Generalist)

The Master of Arts in Education Generalist Degree is designed for educators who aspire to work at the forefront of change and reform in education.  Coursework will challenge educators to explore the changing role of the teacher in an educational context. Academic study is flexible and educators will have considerable choice in selecting courses that will meet their individual need and interest.

Master of Arts in Education with Licensures and Certificates

This option offers a Master of Arts in Education degree with academic study that aligns with licensures and certificates in one of the following areas:

  • Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching
  • Principal (WI)
  • Principal/Supervisor of Special Education (IA)
  • Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (WI)
  • Director of Instruction (WI)
  • Cross-categorical Special Education (WI)
  • Reading Teacher (WI)
  • Reading Specialist (WI)
  • School Business Administrator (WI)

Graduate Education Licensures and Certificates

These options do not include a Master of Arts in Education degree and consist of curriculum used to obtain an educational licensure or certificate.

  • Innovative Teacher Leadership and Instructional Coaching
  • Superintendent (WI 03)
  • Principal (WI 51)
  • PK–12 Principal/Supervisor of Special Education (IA 189)
  • Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (WI 80)
  • Director of Instruction (WI 10)
  • Cross-categorical Special Education (WI 801)
  • Reading Teacher (WI 316)
  • Reading Specialist (WI 17)
  • School Business Administrator (WI 08)


Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure (Non-Degree)

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. Content areas include:

  • Art Education
  • Business Education
  • English Language Arts Education
  • Math Education
  • Music Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Science Education
  • Technology Education
  • Spanish Education
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