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School of Education Elementary Education Accelerated Teacher Licensure Certification

Graduate Teaching Certification

Our cohort for summer 2024 is full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email

Make your move into the classroom

Are you considering changing career paths and wanting to move into elementary education? Are you currently teaching elementary education with an emergency license? This accelerated program is designed to help our students earn an initial teaching licensure/certification in elementary education and allows graduates teach grades 4K-grade 9. At UW-Stevens Point we offer online, interactive classes that will help you achieve your professional goals in a timely manner. 

Program Benefits  

  • Flexible curriculum with courses offered 100% online.  
  • Paid student teaching is an option to those already employed in a setting that meets student teaching requirements prior to the start of the student teaching semester. If you have specific questions about student teaching placements please contact the Office of Field Experiences
  • Program can be combined with the Master’s in Education program to help you earn your degree.  
  • Courses are taught by experienced and passionate faculty.  
  • Free workshops and online training to help students pass the Foundations of Reading Test to meet licensure/certification requirements.  
  • Curriculum includes required pre-clinical experience to ensure hands-on learning. 
  • Allows for integration of course requirements with current education job responsibilities.  
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Why choose the Elementary Education Accelerated Teacher Certification program at UW-Stevens Point?

This Accelerated Licensure/Certification in Elementary Education is an online program with the exception of an in-person clinical experience. The final semester of student teaching requires a full-time, semester-long placement in an elementary school, following the calendar of the school district.

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Elementary Education Accelerated Teacher Certification

By the Numbers

US Dollars450
Per Credit + Fees

Courses and Requirements

Required coursework with 3 credits in English/ Language Arts, and Math, and/or appropriate test out, and 6 credits in science and social studies will be needed for this program. If someone does not meet these gen ed requirements, they can complete them before or during their time in this program.

​Course Credits ​Term
​EDUC 723 – The Psychology of the Classroom 2 ​Summer I
​EDUC 755 – Foundations of Special Education ​3 ​​Summer I
​EDUC 718 – Core Components of Teaching Reading ​3 ​Fall I
​​ECED 701 – Kindergarten Teaching Methods 3​ ​Fall I
​EDUC 770 – Methods in Elementary and Middle Level Arts ​2 ​Winterim I
​EDUC 733 – Methods in Elementary andMiddle Level Science and Environmental Education ​3 ​Spring I
​EDUC 734 – Methods in Elementary and Middle Level Social Studies ​2 ​Spring I
​EDUC 788 – Methods in Middle Level Theory and Practice ​2 ​Spring I
Take PRAXIS if required Take FORT Test ​ ​
​EDUC 724 – Diversity and Development ​2 ​Summer II
​EDUC 777 – Methods in Elementary and Middle Level Language Arts and Literature ​3 ​​Summer II
​PHED 701 – Methods in Elementary and Middle Level Health and Physical Education ​2 ​​Summer II
​EDUC 766 – Methods in Elementary and Middle Level Math ​4 ​Fall II
​EDUC 776 – Assessment and Professional Issues in Teaching ​2 ​Fall II
​EDUC 773 – Technology Foundations in Teaching ​2 ​Winterim II
​EDUC 798 – Student Teaching
Must apply to student teach the semester prior to student teaching. Appropriate content tests, and Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) must be passed for full WI licensure. Paid student teaching is an option to those already employed in a setting that meets student teaching requirements prior to the start of the student teaching semester. If you have specific questions about student teaching placements please contact the Office of Field Experiences.
​6 ​​Spring II
​EDUC 700 – Student Teaching Seminar ​1 ​​​Spring II
​Total ​42 credits

A total of 50 hours of practicum and 3 cooperating teacher evaluations need to be completed prior to student teaching.

To earn a licensure/certification, students must pass the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT). At UW-Stevens Point, our program includes preparation for the FoRT through two literacy courses and an on-site preparation workshop.

Students must also obtain a 3.00 or higher in all coursework throughout the program. If they fall below 3.00 then they must take the Praxis Subject Area Assessment in their content area to earn their licensure/certification. 

How much will it cost?

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Tuition and Costs

We recognize that cost is essential when determining which program is best for you. Tuition, segregated fees, and a distance education fee combine to determine the program’s total cost, and each item is priced on a per-credit basis. There is an additional $25 administrative fee per semester of enrollment. For questions about tuition or more information, please reach out to Student Financial Services.

Students enrolled in an accelerated teaching licensure/certification program are considered non-degree seeking and will not be eligible for financial aid. If students combine their accelerated teaching licensure/certification program with the Master’s in Education degree program, they are degree-seeking and are eligible for financial aid.

Are you Ready to Apply?

This program is ideal for those who have a non-teaching bachelor’s degree and are either teaching elementary education with a license with stipulations (emergency license) or want a career change to impact students. Anyone who is looking to earn a teaching license in elementary education is welcome to apply to this program. Please note that students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 to apply. Probationary admission will be considered for a lower GPA.

  1. Apply to the School of Education and submit:
    1. All unofficial transcripts (including transfer credits)
    2. Letter of Intent – describe your background and interest in becoming an elementary educator.  
    3. Current Resume
    4. Background check – must be from the last six months.
      1. All initial licensure programs, CWIC, ACEE and initial FCS licenses need to complete the UWSP Viewpoint screening “Pre-Clinical Background Check” or Recheck within the last 6 months: There is a fee associated with this. Directions
  2. Once you have been accepted into the program, you will apply to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as a non-degree seeking student. If you are adding the Master’s in Education degree, then you will apply as a degree seeking student.
  3. Once you have been accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, you will be emailed instructions to set up your student account and register for classes.
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Add a Master’s in Education

Are you interested in earning your Master’s in Education? Why not use the credits from this add-on licensure/certification to count towards your degree? The Master’s in Education degree requires 30 graduate credits, and these courses can be used to count towards your degree. Learn more about our Master’s in Education Degree and how you can earn both a degree and an add-on licensure/certification at the same time.

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Our instructors consistently achieve exemplary ratings and strive to utilize innovative instructional strategies in an online environment. We are available to assist our students and care deeply about their needs.
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DPI Accreditation

UW-Stevens Point’s teacher education programs are accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The United States Department of Education requires institutions that provide distance education to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Following is this disclosure information for this program:

  • The requirements of this program meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Wisconsin
  • The requirements of this program do not meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Not applicable
  • The requirements of this program have not been determined if they meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming; District of Columbia; American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands