Advanced Certification Elementary (ACE)

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Our licensure program will prepare you to teach diverse elementary and middle school learners through a range of courses and field experiences guided by our core values and dedicated faculty. Anchored in teacher education standards, we developed the program in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Association for Childhood Education International, and the Edgewood College Division of Education.  Our core values of truth, justice, compassion, community, and partnership are infused throughout coursework, projects, and field experiences. The program starts every August, with a cohort of students.

Program Highlights:  

  • Licensure requirements can be completed in 21 months 
  • Blended program of 3 Saturdays on campus and weekly evening remote classes structured toward working professionals
  • No PRAXIS required 
  • No edTPA required 
  • Ongoing support provided to pass the FORT exam 
  • Optional add-on licensure certification in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education 
  • Master’s Degree can be completed with only 6 additional credits 
  • Edgewood College has been ranked as aβ€―Best Education School in US News & World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate School Rankings 


Program Highlights

  • Program starts in the Fall semester (August) with a cohort of students.
  • Our face-to-face and personalized learning facilitates a strong community and connections
  • Courses and field experience designed for rich discussions around social justice
  • Courses offered in the evening and weekends to accommodate working schedules
  • Licensure requirements can be completed in 21 months
  • Optional add-on licensure certification in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education
  • Complete your master's degree by taking 6 additional credits beyond licensure
  • Edgewood College has been ranked as a Best Education School in US News & World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate School Rankings

License and Degree Requirements

Licensure Courses

Students pursuing certification for Regular Education (777) and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (72) licensure complete the following course sequence. Classes meet on evenings or Saturdays. Licensure courses can be completed in 21 months.

Professional Core
  • ED 661  Integrative Classroom Environments (includes practicum)
  • ED 635  Diversity in the Classroom
  • ED 681 Child Development and Exceptionalities
  • ED 682  Children’s Literature
Methods and Students Teaching
  • ED 667  Science Explorations and Methods
  • ED 685  Integrating the Arts in Elementary Curriculum
  • ED 683A  Literacy Methods I
  • ED 683B  Reading and Language Arts Methods II (includes practicum)
  • ED 684 Social Studies Methods
  • ED 660 Policy Studies
  • ED 699A Research and Practice (includes practicum)
  • ED 699B Research and Practice Geometry
  • ED 697 Student Teaching MC-EA

Master Degree Courses

Students who also wish to pursue the Master of Arts in Education option complete the following two additional courses: (6 graduate credits total):

  • ED 603 Introduction to Educational Research
  • ED 692 Research Capstone Project

Tuition and Financial Aid

Edgewood College is committed to making a life-changing education more affordable and accessible to more people than ever before.

Courses in the Advanced Certification Elementary (ACE) Program sequence are offered at the tuition rate for licenses. These credits can be applied toward the Master of Arts in Education.

Tuition and Financial Aid information for license and master’s programs.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions at Graduate Student Financial Aid.

Financial Aid Questions? Contact Edgewood Central at 608-663-4300 or ecentral@edgewood.edu.

Our admissions and financial aid counselors have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to manage tuition reimbursement plans, extend tuition discounts to various corporate partners in the region, offer third party billing and monthly payment plans, and work with veterans to maximize their available aid.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the graduate program.

  1. Provide evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution 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.
  2. Complete and submit application via the Graduate Application webpage. Priority application deadline -August 1. This application is for graduate students who want to pursue a Master’s degree, license or certificate, or take courses as a non-degree student.
  3. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from each post-secondary institutions you attended be sent directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies.
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation from college or university professors, supervisors, and/or professional colleagues who can focus on the probability of your success in graduate school.
  5. Submit a written statement listing the reasons why you think you will be successful in graduate school; cite how specific background experiences will aid in your success as a student. 
  6. Additional entrance exams may be required.

    The priority application deadline for the Advanced Certification program is August 1. All required application materials should be submitted by the deadline.   Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

    International Students may have additional admission requirements. Learn more.

    Meet Your Faculty

    Julie Luecke
    Julie Luecke
    Associate Dean of Education
    School of Education

    Julie C. Luecke, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for the Division of Education, received her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her M.Ed. in Curriculum from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was an elementary classroom teacher for nine years before moving into higher education. During her graduate studies, she took a year off to volunteer at Ongwediva College of Education in Namibia. Julie joined the Edgewood faculty in 2006, teaching undergraduate courses in educational foundations, courses in children's literature for the undergraduate program and Advanced Certification Elementary (ACE) graduate program, and a course for the Edgewood College COR program, The Conception of Gender. This class grows out of Julie's research interests in building support structures for gender expansive students and their peers, both through educational policy and practice and through children's and young adult literature.

    Donna Vukelich-Selva
    Donna Vukelich-Selva
    Associate Professor
    School of Education

    Donna Vukelich-Selva received her Ph.D. in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011.  She also holds a Master of Arts in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies from UW-Madison.  Before coming to Edgewood College in 2008, she taught at a K-12 bilingual school in Managua, Nicaragua, where she also founded and ran a study abroad program for US college students.  Vukelich-Selva teaches both undergraduate courses in the Division of Education, as well as bilingual and ESL education graduate courses in the Language and Literacy program.  She also teaches in Edgewood’s COR program for first year students and piloted a course on the history of immigration in the United States that is cross-listed with Ethnic Studies.  Among her college responsibilities, Donna serves on the advisory board for Edgewood’s Center for Multicultural Education.  Donna’s research interests include critical race theory, education and immigration, bilingual education and restorative justice.  She has been active in the Madison community for many years.

    Out of State Licensure

    Although Wisconsin maintains high standards for our teacher education programs, there is not simple reciprocity between Wisconsin and all other states. Each state sets their own requirements for teacher licensure, but will generally allow for Wisconsin teaching and administrator licenses to be transferred. Specific requirements are left to each state’s department of education, which are linked below.

    State Licensure/Certification Disclosure for Teacher Licenses
    The information below reflects whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the specified states.
    Satisfies Educational Requirements:
    WI, IL, CO, CT, DE, HI, IN, IA, KS (secondary), LA, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NY, NC, PA, RI, TN, TX, VT, WA, WV, WY
    Does Not Satisfy Educational Requirements:  
    AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, FL, GA, ID, KS (elementary), KY, ME, MD, MS, NV, NH, NJ, NM, ND, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, UT, VA

    State Licensure/Certification Disclosure for School Administration Licenses
    The information below reflects whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the specified states.
    Satisfies Educational Requirements:
    WI, IL
    No Determination Made:
    All states are referenced here


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