Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Programs

Wisconsin Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program

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.    The Post-baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program is an accelerated program for students who already have an undergraduate degree and would like to pursue a teaching license.

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Post Bac Education Handbook

    Three pathways to Licensure:

    Content-Area/Secondary Education Licensure 

    Program Format and Licensure Options

    For licensure in secondary education and K-12 content areas (English language arts, art, science, broad field social studies, business, mathematics, music, technology education, and Spanish.) We offer rolling admission, our primary start for the Content Area path is Summer (May) however, students may begin in the fall or spring taking one class.  

    Program Schedule:

    • Summer:  Classes begin each May in an online format.
    • Fall:   Classes are online and face to face. 50 hours of field experience in your region are required during this semester.
    • Spring:  Student teaching experience. This involves full days and is based on the academic calendar of the hosting school district in your region.

    Policy for secondary education:

    • Completion of required content coursework (art, broad field social studies, business education, cross-categorical, English, mathematics, music, science, Spanish, technology education, or theatre) with a grade of “C” or better,  and may also require a passing score on the Content Area Praxis II exam or ACTFL exams for Spanish Education
    • Methods coursework in the content area (art, broad field social studies, business education, cross-categorical, English, mathematics, music, science, Spanish, technology education, or theatre)
    • 50 hours of field experience
    • Earn a passing score on the Viterbo Portfolio Presentation (replacing the edTPA)


    Cross-categorical Special Education Licensure

    Program Format

    The Cross-categorical Special Education Licensure Program is fully online and includes 38 credits of coursework and a full semester of student teaching. We offer rolling admission, so students may begin in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. 

    Policy for cross-categorical special education:

    • Completion of required content coursework with a grade of “C” or better in each course
    • Methods coursework in the content area
    • 50 hours of field experience
    • Earn a passing score on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test or complete EDUC 681 and EDUC 690 with a grade earned of 'B' or better
    • Earn a passing score on the Viterbo Portfolio Presentation (replacing the edTPA)


    Elementary Education Licensure

    Program Format

    The Elementary Education Licensure Program is fully online - in both asynchronous and virtual class meetings format in the evenings.   Student teaching will be your last semester in a school district where you will be full-time for 16 weeks.  Students who enroll on a full-time basis typically complete this program in two years (five to six semesters).  Candidates may start this program in the summer, fall, or spring semesters. 

    Policy for elementary education:

    • 50 hours of field experience
    • Earn a passing score on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test ( FoRT REQUIRED)
    • Earn a passing score on the Viterbo Portfolio Presentation (replacing the edTPA)

    Student Teaching: All licensure programs require a full semester of student teaching in the last semester. Applicants holding an emergency license may student teach in their district of employment. Along with the student teaching experience, students will complete the edTPA. Each student will take the edTPA Portfolio course, which prepares teachers for completing the edTPA. This course will be offered on Fridays and you will be excused from your student teaching placement to attend the portfolio course on campus.

    Admission Requirements

    Applying to the Post-Baccalaureate program you will complete the "Graduate Application" and follow the requirements found under the Admissions Requirements under the Graduate Education programs. Applicants to the Post-Baccalaureate Initial Teacher Licensure paths will need to the following items.  Please visit the Admission Requirments Details page for guidance in completing the application for admission. 

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
    • Generally, 3.0-grade point average is required for admission
    • GPA statement required for those with GPA below a 3.0
    • All Content Area coursework must have e grade earned of 'B' or better
    • A grade of 'C' or better in Written and Oral Communication coursework
    • Completed application including a written essay
    • Criminal background check 

     

      Admission Requirements Details            2020-2021 Graduate Catalog             Tuition & Fees Information     

     

    Financial Aid Information

    The Post-Baccalaureate Initial Licensure curriculum is considered a graduate-level program.  However, for Financial Aid purposes this program is considered an undergraduate program for Federal Student Aid.  Please visit the Financial Aid page for more information or contact Graduate Admissions for initial information. 

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    Graduate Admissions:     
     
    Program Specialist

        Magdalen Kellogg

        608-796-3028

        mekellogg@viterbo.edu

     

    Dr. Melinda Langeberg

    608-796-3289

    melangeberg@viterbo.edu