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.  Bilingual and other certifications may be completed as add-on licenses. Students may also earn a Master of Arts in Education degree through the completion of three additional courses offered regularly.

Program for Working Adults

  • Courses are offered on evenings and weekends at either our Monroe Street or Deming Way campus locations.
  • 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 is a member of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • 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 - August 10.

Monroe St
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Deming Way
1255 Deming Way
Madison, WI 53717
Phone: (800) 444-4861
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