Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Education

Viterbo University enjoys a rich history of education

Viterbo University's School of Education prepares educators who are grounded in Franciscan values and possess the knowledge and skills to be reflective decision makers for the 21st century.

PDF iconNEW! Earn a minor in Cross-categorical Special Education

Educating teachers was part of the original mission in 1890 and now, more than a century later, that hasn’t changed. Good teaching, and our commitment to it, remains constant. Whether students are seeking initial licensure, a graduate degree, early childhood, reading, or perhaps principalship, Viterbo’s nationally accredited teacher education programs prepare them for life in the classroom. Viterbo University is a charter member of NCATE (since its inception in 1954) and has been continuously accredited to date. Each year, over 500 teachers receive degrees or licensure certification from Viterbo.

Why Viterbo?

Viterbo University is the perfect place to earn your education degree. The following characteristics make Viterbo a highly respected university:

  • accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • a strong, collaborative partnership with area schools
  • field experience in local schools happens early in course work
  • 100% of faculty members are licensed teachers and have extensive teaching experience in the Pre-K–12 world. Faculty are caring and approachable
  • personalized academic advising along with an excellent student/faculty ratio
  • a superb reputation for the preparation of teachers in the region and the state

Education Program Options

  1. Elementary and Elementary/Middle Education
    • early childhood through middle childhood (Pre-K–6)
    • middle childhood through early adolescence (1–9)
    • NEW minor in Cross-categorical Special Education (1-9)
  2. Middle/Secondary Early Adolescence through Adolescence (6–12)
    • biology
    • broad field science
    • broad field social studies
    • chemistry
    • English
    • mathematics
  3. Early Childhood through Adolescence (Pre-K–12)
    • art education
    • business education
    • music education
    • Spanish
    • technology education
    • theatre education

For complete degree requirements, refer to the course catalog link: Undergraduate Course Catalog

Admission Requirements for the Teacher Education Program

Application for admission to the Teacher Education Program generally is made during the second semester of the sophomore year. The applicant’s portfolio must be submitted at this time. The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. At least 40 semester credits and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the core curriculum.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Grades of C or above in each course in the core curriculum, professional education program, and in the major and minor.
  3. Competence in written composition by passing ENGL 103 and ENGL 104 with grades of C or above and demonstrate correctly used written and spoken English as assessed by faculty through courses.
  4. A statement giving evidence of the student’s reliability and dependability is signed by:
    • a faculty member in the department in which the student is majoring
    • two faculty members who have been your teachers
  5. A signature recommendation from the chair of the student’s major department.
  6. Academic competence demonstrated by passing the Praxis Core or passing scores on the ACT, SAT, or GRE (see p. 4 for minimum scores).
  7. Positive field experience evaluations.
  8. Acceptable Attitude and Disposition survey forms completed by two faculty members one of whom must be from the School of Education.
  9. Positive reviews from members of the Teacher Education Committee.


Application forms are available on Moodle, under Education Majors. Note: only six credits of 300 level professional education sequence courses may be taken prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program.

For more information, contact
Sara L. Cook
Dean, College of Education, Science and Mathematics