Graduate Secondary Education (Grades 6-12)

We are accepting applications for courses starting in January 2021.  The priority application deadline date is December 10, 2020.

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.  


Secondary Education Virtual Info Session - Oct. 21 6:30 – 7:15

Join us for a short presentation to learn about licensure requirements, time of completion, and cost. We will end the session with questions and answers.

Program Highlights

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

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.

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

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

Our faculty offer responsive and supportive advising and are dedicated to helping you meet your individual and professional goals.

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. As part of the Graduate Affordability Promise, courses in the Secondary Licensure program are now $668 per credit.

Based on current tuition rates, the estimated total tuition cost to complete the license requirement would be approximately $15,064.

Another 12 credits complete the Master’s degree (34 credits total). These credits are offered at the regular graduate tuition rate of $1032 per credit. The projected total tuition cost to achieve both the license and the Master’s degree would be $28,312.

*$668/credit and $1032/credit is the 2020-21 (beginning Summer 2020). Costs are expected to increase each year.


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.

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

  • 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 (including $30 fee). 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.

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

Jesslyn Hollar
Jesslyn Hollar
Assistant Professor and Director fo the Accelerated Secondary Education Program
School of Education
Jesslyn Hollar is an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Accelerated Secondary Education Program (ASP) in the School of Education. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Education. Prior to working at Edgewood College, Jesslyn directed an Alternative Pathways to Teaching program at Central Washington University. She also taught secondary English at James Madison Memorial High School and Operation Fresh Start in Madison. Jesslyn’s research interests include place-based and community-driven teacher education, democratic schooling and processes of knowledge mobilization in educational policymaking.
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.

Angela Bazan

Angela Bazan earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from the UW-Whitewater in 1998. She went on to earn her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from the same institution in 2010 She has been teaching social studies at Deerfield High School since 1998 where she teaches a wide variety of subjects including U.S. History, Sociology, Diversity, History of the Holocaust, American Government and Advanced Placement Government. In addition, she teaches the Social Studies Methods courses at Edgewood College in Madison. Angela grew up with a love of history and enjoys fueling that passion by igniting the same interest in her students.

Eric Arnold
Joan Lampert
Ed.D.: Northern Illinois University

Joan Lampert has been a lifelong learner and educator.  She was a school based social worker for 35 years serving both in Michigan and in Illinois.  She  holds an MSW (the University of Michigan); an MSEd in Administration and Supervision (Roosevelt University) an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction (Northern Illinois University) and was a post-doctoral scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Lampert  ( or Joan- whichever fits) has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses including Adolescent Development; Curriculum Development and Implementation; Research; Chemical Dependency.  Her research interests focused on Adolescent Bullying; Prevention and Intervention Practices. She has said that she has been married forever, and has two grown daughters and two grandchildren- all of whom live here in the Madison area. 

Rainey Briggs
Ed.D.: Edgewood College

Rainey is the Director of Elementary Education in the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District. Prior to coming to Middleton, Rainey served as a physical education teacher and principal in Madison and Sun Prairie. Rainey obtained his doctorate from Edgewood College and his dissertation was on factors that promote or impede success for African American males from the student perspective. Rainey has been a strong leader in equity work around the state of Wisconsin. He has traveled to several school districts to not only share his story of growing up as an African American male who was placed in special education but also to share strategies for reaching all students. He has coined the phrase “From IEP to Ph.D.” Rainey has also played an instrumental role in the development of the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process in the Middleton Cross Plains School District. As a principal, Rainey developed the mission of “Every kid, every day, whatever it takes!” His schools really worked to stay true to that mission and saw amazing gains in reducing behavior referrals, suspension rates, family involvement, and test scores. Rainey’s charismatic personality and openness help people feel comfortable to be open and honest and explore their own biases without judgment. In his free time, Rainey spends many hours in the gym watching his three daughters play basketball. He also enjoys traveling with his wife and daughters and catching up on movies.

Percy Brown
Nancy Evans

Nancy Evans is a retired administrator from the Madison Metropolitan School District. She earned her undergraduate degree from Kentucky State University (an HBCU) and her master's from Cardinal Stritch University. Prior to coming to Madison, Nancy's career began as a classroom teacher in her home of Newark, New Jersey. During her years as a site-based educator, she held various positions at both elementary and middle school levels, and served as a middle school principal just prior to her retirement. Nancy's particular interests include: providing instruction that meets the needs of all students, best practices for reaching seemingly reluctant and disengaged learners, and supporting parents and families in becoming full partners in their students' education.

Frances Johnson
Frances Johnson
School of Education

Fran Johnson is the Coordinator of the Cross-categorical Special Education Program. She earned her master’s from the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education while teaching in the Madison Metropolitan School District where she served as a Special Education teacher, Program Support Teacher, and Positive Behavior Support Team Middle School Teacher. Fran was an investigator on several Federal Grants, designed and implemented administrator and faculty staff development on K-12 Language Arts Standards, changes in IDEA (1991, 1997, 2001 & 2004) and developed and taught multiple Professional Development courses for general educators and special educators. During her public school career, Fran served as Cooperating Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Supervising Teacher to many students and teachers. In addition to her work at Edgewood, Fran serves as a trainer and consultant in the area of Positive Behavior Supports for area school districts. Current research focus is on Brain Targeted Teaching, Executive Function Strategy Instruction, and Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices.

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 Drew Silver, Clinical and Advising Coordinator, with additional questions.

  • Christopher_McGrath
    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.
    Chris McGrath, MA-Education '14