Welcome to the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program information site. As a potential student you should strongly consider our program for three key reasons: 1) Our program holds the prestigious national accreditation of NCATE which is a mark of distinction; 2) We offer a fast-paced secondary teaching license (Grades 6–12 or PK-12) in as little as one year; and 3) The cost per credit for the 2012-13 school year will be only $320. To be considered for acceptance, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required from a regionally accredited institution. Through our unique program students are able to obtain an initial Wisconsin teaching license in one of twelve content areas or obtain a second license.
Students presently enrolled in the program are generally individuals who have worked in their degree area and have decided to switch to the more personally fulfilling field of education. Students' ages, past career tracks, and experiences widely vary to create a stimulating learning environment. We also cap the program each year to ensure personal attention. To view a testimonial advertisement for the program please click here
Pre-requisites: Content Competency, PPST and Praxis II Exams
Applicants will submit validation of undergraduate or advanced coursework in the content areas that most interest them. “Gaps” between the course content competency and the content courses required for a major must be completed (or within three classes) prior to registration for the Teacher Licensure annual Cohort (mid May to mid June). All education and content area classes considered for transfer to the program must have been taken from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, completed within the last seven years. The School of Education reserves the right to extend the timeframe in special circumstances. Applicants must pass the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) for reading, writing, math, and their content test for Praxis II.
Teacher Licensure Cohort
The cohort of learners will earn 26 graduate credits of education courses organized in three instructional blocks comprising individual classes during one calendar year: Foundations of Education courses (8 cr); Methods and Integrated Technologies courses (7 cr for secondary licenses, but PK-12 licenses require additional methods' courses); and Student Teaching and Seminar (10 cr).
Evening Classes for First Two Semesters
Courses will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5–9: 15 p.m. from mid-May to mid-August. During the fall semester classes will run from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Students will also need to plan for some partial days (between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.) in the fall semester for a required 50 hours of field experience. Business students have an extra one credit class and Technology Education students have an additional two credit class held on Wednesday evenings in September and early October to meet additional DPI requirements.
Student Teaching for One Semester
Student teaching will involve full daytime hours for the full spring semester. Applicants working on a second license can student teach in their district of employment. Others can be placed near the communities where they live or work if a cooperating teacher is available. Due to special circumstances, a student could student teach the following fall, but no later without taking additional coursework.
Applicants successfully completing the coursework, portfolio, field experiences, PPST, all content "gap" courses, Praxis II content exam, and student teaching will be recommended for licensure by the Viterbo University School of Education Dean.
For more information on the Post-Baccalaureate Licensure
Program, please contact Val Krage, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or 608-796-3287.