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
Ottumwa, IA
Shenandoah, 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 an initial teaching license.   Viterbo University offers programs that can lead to initial teaching licensure in three primary paths: 

  • Elementary Education,
  • Cross-categorical Special Education, and 
  • nine different Content Areas.

 For most Content Areas, the program can be completed in as little as one year.  The program has an Education Core of 25 credit hours, plus any additional content specialty coursework needed.  Total credit hours for each Content Area vary based upon prior undergraduate coursework.  Content Areas include:

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

The Elementary Education post-baccalaureate program is an online program can be completed in two years.   The program consists of 47 credit hours with the option to take three additional Cross-categorical Special Education courses for a total of 55  credit hours.

The Cross-categorical Special Education licensure program is a two-year, 38 credit hour program offered online.  


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