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Middle/Secondary Education (Grades 6-12) – Accelerated License Completion Program

If you already hold a Bachelor's degree, the Accelerated Secondary License Completion program will certify you for initial licensure in the Early Adolescence through Adolescence level in any of these specific content areas:

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Math
  • Broad Field Social Studies
  • History
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Broad Field Science
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Life and Environmental Science

Courses are taught in an accelerated format so that you can obtain your license in one year. Plus, all license completion courses are applicable to a Master's degree. Our classes are cohort based so you will have the opportunity to work in partnership with other students and faculty throughout the program.

The program also features optional add-on licensure certification in English as a Second Language (ESL) or Bilingual Education.


I came into the Accelerated Secondary Program with a strong desire to teach. The outstanding faculty at Edgewood College was able to take that raw passion for teaching and make me a competent professional in the classroom. Before I had even finished the program, I had been offered and accepted a job at an area high school that is the perfect fit for me. I know that I owe a great deal of credit for landing this position to the outstanding faculty of Edgewood College, as well as to my classmates in ASP, who have helped me to learn so much about teaching and about myself over the last 16 months.  
Christopher McGrath, MA-Education, 2014


Edgewood College Quality

As an Edgewood College graduate you’ll earn more than just certification to receive a license, you’ll be prepared and empowered to be a successful classroom teacher in every way.

  • Courses are taught by academically and professionally qualified faculty who combine sound theoretical knowledge with practical, real-world experience.
  • You’ll work with experienced educational leaders who offer responsive and supportive advising and are dedicated to helping you meet your individual and professional goals.
  • As part of your preparation, you’ll participate in mock job interviews conducted by principals from area schools.
  • Our small class size promotes a sense of community and facilitates individualized instruction.
  • Edgewood College has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best National University,” among “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes, and a “Best in the Midwest College” by Princeton Review.


The Edgewood College Accelerated Secondary Program perfectly fit my needs as an adult learner. I felt well-supported thanks to the intimate atmosphere of small classes, an excellent cohort of like-minded emerging professionals, and a reasonable schedule of relevant courses. What's more, the instructors and other faculty involved in the program provided invaluable networking and professional opportunities that continue to enhance my teaching experience.  
Cassandra Meyer, Accelerated Secondary License, 2013  

Culturally Responsive Practices

The Edgewood College value of Justice is demonstrated in courses that are designed to challenge, explore and foster the development of culturally-responsive teaching practices to educate students in diverse middle and secondary schools. Culturally responsive teaching connects students' cultural knowledge, prior experiences, and performance styles to academic knowledge and intellectual tools in ways that legitimize what students already know. Teachers who complete the Accelerated Secondary Program (ASP) become individuals who transcend their own cultural biases and preferences to establish and develop patterns for learning and communicating that engage and sustain student participation and achievement.


A Program Designed for Working Adults

  • Classes meet on Saturdays and evenings at either the Monroe Street or Deming Way campus.  Student teaching is scheduled during the days for the entirety of the Spring semester.
  • You will have the opportunity to work in a team-based setting that mirrors the professional work settings of classrooms and business offices.
  • Collaboration with fellow students and schools and other organizations is encouraged and supported.
  • Students’ previous academic and experiential accomplishments are highly valued in degree and licensing programs, and often result in even more timely completion (assuming Wisconsin DPI requirements are met).

Edgewood’s Accelerated Secondary Program allowed me to work toward licensure in two subjects while working full time. I was able to complete my coursework quickly and effectively by attending classes just one or two days a week. Additionally, these classes were taught by current educators and administrators from the Madison community, providing quality training and mentoring that was relevant to modern education in Wisconsin. The program prepared me well for the joys and the challenges of teaching. Every person involved in the program worked their hardest to guide students along the path to a new, rewarding career in education.  
Kristine Lopez, Accelerated Secondary License, 2012  


Coursework begins in January. The priority application deadline for admissions is December 10. 

Contact the Graduate & Professional Studies Admissions Office: Toll Free (800) 444-4861 ext. 3297, or by email at