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Accelerated Secondary Education Online

Serve as a secondary grade teacher while earning your teaching license. Our accelerated program is designed to get you in the classroom faster while gaining the knowledge, skills, experience, and qualifications you need for licensure.


Teach students as they transition into adulthood

Our Accelerated Teacher Education Partnership is a specialized program designed to help individuals become certified teachers faster, usually between 12 and 24 months. This secondary program is ideal for those who aspire to teach pre-adolescent to adolescent students (ages 10-21, typically grades 5-12) in various content areas such as mathematics, science, social studies, or English. Students can pair up with a school district and gain hands-on experience in a classroom, supported by experienced mentors while completing coursework. Students who enroll in this program can earn credits that can later be used towards a Master of Arts in Education.

Our program offers a flexible schedule to manage work and studies, with asynchronous and 8-week long classes. It caters to emergency-licensed teachers, career changers, recent college graduates, and working adults. To receive their teaching license, students must attend all classes, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, receive positive feedback from clinical instructors, pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test, or Edgewood College Alternative FoRT Reading Portfolio, and successfully complete the teacher performance assessment at the end of the program. Our program is ideal for those who wish to become certified teachers, advance their careers, or change their careers.


Pay your tuition with flexible payment plans

We understand finances are an important factor in considering your higher education options. Our online programs are competitively priced and can be paid by the course for added flexibility.

Tuition rates listed apply to the 2024-2025 academic year. More detailed information about tuition and financial aid can be found here.

Explore our tuition options tailored to your teaching location:

  • For educators teaching in an Edgewood College approved partner school district, tuition is $9,750, with a rate of $325 per credit hour.

  • For those teaching outside of a partner district, tuition is $19,800 at a rate of $660 per credit hour.

See here for a full list of Edgewood College partner school districts. Don’t see your school on the list? Reach out to Mike Meissen via email at or by calling (608) 663-2846 to learn more about the partnership and how you can partner with us.

Financial aid
Financial aid is available to those who qualify and who are U.S. citizens. Complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at

Edgewood College Federal School Code: 003848

Contact us:
Phone: 608.663.4300
Fax: 608.663.3495
Mailing address: 1000 Edgewood College Dr. Madison, WI 53711

Start now and finish in 1-2 years

Our online programs are designed to fit your schedule. Find your ideal start date below.

8-Week Format


Start Date  

Application Deadline 
Fall I  8/26/24 8/12/24
Fall II  10/21/24 10/7/24
Spring I 1/21/25 1/7/25
Spring II 3/10/25 2/24/25

Course registration is due the day before courses begin for each term.

Admissions requirements

1.  Completed graduate application.

2. Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from each United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution attended should be sent directly to the Admissions Office.

3. Evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.

4. Two letters of recommendation from college or university professors, supervisors, and/or professional colleagues addressing the applicant’s potential for success in graduate school.

5. A written personal statement explaining what the applicant hopes to gain from participation in the program, what the applicant brings to the program, and how specific background experiences will aid in the success of the applicant as a student.

6. Demonstrated content proficiency through completion of an undergraduate major or major equivalent coursework in the academic disciplines of the licensure(s) being sought (within the fields of science, social studies, English, and/or mathematics).

7. All Division of Education students seeking clinical placements and/or WDPI licensure must comply with the State of Wisconsin requirement for a Criminal Background Check. This background check is required prior to official admission to licensure programs. Edgewood College uses for all Education background checks.  Completion of this required background check is mandatory before any field placement in a school, an integral part of the field work associated with courses throughout each program.

Gain practical knowledge in our robust courses

To complete the Accelerated Teacher Education Partnership online program, students must complete 24 credit hours of coursework and fulfill their clinical teaching experiences. 

The initial licensure sequence includes 24 credits of coursework, supervised clinical field experiences, and supervised student teaching. These credits can then be applied toward a 30-credit Master of Arts in Education degree.


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