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Advanced Certification Elementary (ACE) Licensure and Master of Arts in Education Program

Advanced Certification Elementary (ACE) is a post-baccalaureate program designed to prepare students for initial licensure in elementary Regular Education (777) and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (72) with the option of earning a Master of Arts in Education degree with a concentration in Teaching and Learning.  The program was developed in conjunction with the goals and standards of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Association for Childhood Education International.

Licensure courses can be completed in as few as 21 months.  The ACE program also features optional add-on licensure certification in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education. Students may also earn a Master of Arts in Education degree through the completion of two additional courses offered regularly.

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.

Program for Working Adults

  • Courses are offered on evenings and weekends on the Monroe Street campus location.
  • During practicums and student teaching, students have the opportunity to work with experienced teachers in their own or other classroom settings.
  • Students’ previous coursework may be counted towards licensure.

Edgewood College Quality

  • Courses are taught by academically and professionally qualified faculty who combine sound theoretical knowledge with practical, real-world experience.
  • Instructors recognize the knowledge and perspective that students contribute to the learning process by encouraging engagement in the classroom.
  • Students have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with instructors and advisors to discuss individual goals, interests and special needs.
  • 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.


Prospective students may apply anytime. Applications are submitted on the Graduate Application webpage to the Master of Arts in Education Advanced Certification Elementary program. Priority application deadline - July 1. Applications received after July 1 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.