College of Education & Professional Studies

Graduate Programs

There are multiple options available for graduate students and those seeking certificates at UW-Whitewater. Find out more below about the program that matches your career goals.

Master's Degrees

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The Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) houses numerous teacher preparation programs along with programs for add on licenses for certified teachers and the MSEPD (Master of Science in Education: Professional Development). We are proud of our programs that lead to licensure either a first time license or add on licenses. The faculty and staff recognize that graduates of our programs play a vital role in the lives of children and families both in Wisconsin and around the world. If you are interested in the licensure programs and/or our MSEPD program we offer please contact us so that we can help you achieve your goal of becoming a licensed teacher and/or obtaining your master's degree.

The Curriculum and Instruction Department in the UW-Whitewater College of Education & Professional Studies (COEPS) provides students with the opportunity to prepare for careers as teachers. Students may choose the Early Childhood Program, the Elementary/Middle(MCEA) School Program or a Middle/Secondary School Program. In each of the programs, students earn Department of Public Instruction (DPI) licensure.

As they move through their coursework, students combine a commitment to education with a strong liberal arts foundation, a teaching major and the study of teaching. All students engage in at least three school-based field experiences that allow them to apply their knowledge to actual classroom situations.

Upon graduation, students will have gained extensive knowledge of their subject areas and teaching. They will also have been given the opportunity to grow as instructional decision makers, preparing them to be effective teachers and instructional leaders in our changing schools. See  Professional Education Graphic for a picture of the entire teacher education sequence.

For additional information on any of our programs, please feel free to stop by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction 3rd floor window Winther Hall Room 3032, Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., telephone (262)472-1122 or email;  

Wisconsin Foundations of Reading test - Beginning on January 31, 2014, candidates in Wisconsin applying for an initial license in grades Kindergarten through 5, special education, license as a reading teacher or reading specialist will be requried to take and pass the Foundations of Reading test; a test of reading instruction knowledge and skills test.  For further information on this new requirement,  edTPA questions?  please visit