Accelerated Secondary Program (ASP)

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The Accelerated Secondary Education Program (ASP) is for individuals interested in teaching students in middle and high schools. ASP offers a license sequence for individuals wanting to teach mathematics, science, social studies, and English.

Our program is geared toward:

  • Working adults & career changers
  • Recent college graduates interested in teaching
  • Emergency-Licensed (Tier 1) teachers already working in schools

Our 22 credit initial license sequence can be applied toward a 34 credit Master’s of Arts in Education.  Classes are offered face to face in the evenings and incorporate blended/online delivery formats.  


Program Highlights

Our courses are designed to challenge, explore and foster the development of culturally-responsive teaching practices to educate students in 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 ASP are 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.

Courses proceed sequentially over four terms:


  • Social Foundations
  • Instructional Foundations
  • Initial Practicum


  • Learner Foundations
  • Pedagogical Foundations


  • Methods of Teaching and Learning
  • Advanced Practicum


  • Capstone Assessment
  • Student Teaching

Our small class size promotes a sense of community and facilitates individualized instruction.

Our faculty combine sound theoretical knowledge with practical, real-world experience.

License and Degree Requirements

Secondary License Sequence

  • ED 596 Accelerated Secondary Program Orientation (0 cr)
  • ED 635 Diversity in Schools (3cr)
  • ED 602 Curriculum Planning (3cr)
  • ED 604 Adolescent Development (3cr)
  • ED 652 Secondary Content Literacy (3cr)
  • ED 640 Methods of Teaching & Learning I (3cr)
  • ED 651 Methods of Teaching & Learning II (3cr)
  • ED 660 edTPA Seminar (2cr)
  • ED 693B Supervised Field Teaching (2cr)

Master of Arts in Education: additional coursework requirement for the Master’s

When a candidate also seeks a Master of Education degree, completion of the following courses is required, in addition to those the Secondary License Sequence (34 credits total):

  • ED 603 Introduction to Educational Research (3cr)
  • ED 692 Research Capstone Project (3cr)
  • 2 additional graduate-level courses (6 credits) as approved by your advisor

Optional Add-On ESL License

Licensure in English as a Second Language (ESL 395) may be secured by ASP candidates through the addition of three ESL courses. ESL (395) license allows the license holder to teach the English language to English Language Learners while supporting core academic subject instruction provided by the classroom teacher at the grade or developmental level specified on the license. ESL Course Site

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 (22 credits) in the Accelerated Secondary 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.

Science and Math Teachers are encouraged to inquire about the Teach Grant

Science and Math content area students may qualify for the TEACH grant; a federal grant which, “provides grants of up to $4000 per year to students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families and to meet other requirements.” These funds do not need to be repaid if you “serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program for which you received the TEACH grant.”

Please review carefully the  TEACH grant website to review the program stipulations and obligations upon program completion. From this site, you can also find a link which lists current eligible schools and districts that serve low-income students.

To apply for the TEACH grant through Edgewood College, admitted students must first notify your program advisor about your intent to apply. Your advisor will then verify your eligibility with the Financial Aid office and put you in touch with a Financial Aid officer to complete the TEACH grant enrollment process.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with a min. cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally-accredited postsecondary institution.
  • Complete and submit graduate application. Priority application deadline is December 1. 
  • Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from any post-secondary institutions be sent directly to Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions.
  • Provide two  letters of recommendation from college or university professors, supervisors, and/or professional colleagues.  In combination, these letters should attest to the probability of your success in graduate school and as a teacher.
  • Submit a personal statement speaking to your interest in becoming a teacher and how your previous background experiences have guided your decision to pursue a teaching license.
  • Additional entrance exams in desired content area may be required. 

The priority application deadline for the Accelerated Secondary Program is December 1. Applications received after the deadline date will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

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.

Transfer Credits

You may submit up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit for consideration of transfer to Edgewood College for application to a degree program. Approval of the respective department is required. To be considered for application to a degree program, a course must have been taken within the past five years. For more information about transfer credits, please contact your admissions counselor.

Meet Your Faculty

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.

Michael Meissen
Michael Meissen
Coordinator of Secondary Education and Accelerated Secondary Program (ASP)

Michael Meissen, a native of Madison, is a second-generation educator who has served in public education for 38 years as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, coach, athletic director, middle school principal, high school principal, college level adjunct professor, school superintendent and, educational leadership consultant. Dr. Meissen earned a doctorate degree in educational administration and a master’s degree in counseling and guidance, both from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Meissen joined the Edgewood College Division of Education in July 2019 and serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Experiences.

Meissen’s daughter, Katelyn, BA ‘10, School of Education – Edgewood College, is a third-generation teacher in the family.

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:
No Determination Made:
All states are referenced here


Please contact clinical@edgewood.edu, with additional questions.

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