Advance your teaching career by becoming a stronger K-12 teacher and a leader in your school or district through the Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) program. This two-year program combines online and classroom learning with content relevant to individual students.

Is this program right for you?

Structured to be convenient and responsive to your needs and interests as a teacher, the Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) program at UW-Madison builds your teaching and leadership skills.


The program is designed for practicing teachers studying at a distance. In the fall and spring semesters, instruction is entirely online. In the summer, instruction is online for six weeks and is face-to-face for two weeks when you and your fellow students come to campus each summer. The summer residencies in Madison allow you a chance to do in-depth work with classmates and faculty and build your professional network.


The Master of Science for Professional Educators (MSPE) curriculum is aligned with state and national teaching standards, and your assignments will be tailored to take into account the topic areas you want to strengthen within your teaching practice.


Much of the program is web-based for your convenience, but occasional video conferencing during the fall and spring semesters keeps students and instructors connected and engaged in the discussion of coursework and current educational issues.


What you Learn

  • Obtain the skills to become a leader on your school’s faculty and a stronger classroom teacher
  • Develop greater confidence in your teaching practice
  • Apply concepts to mentor newer teachers
  • Understand current issues in education

Where & How you learn


  • Online, plus face-to-face for two weeks each summer


  • Complete projects and classwork as part of a team and individually
  • Learn with assignments tailored to your goals as a teacher

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All applicants must:

  • Possess an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale based on the last 60 credits earned from the degree-granting institution
  • Have at least two years of PK-12 teaching experience
  • Have basic computer skills and equipment
  • Be teaching during the two years of the program; this can be part-time or full-time in a public or private PK-12 school
  • All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the U.S. Department of Education website for contact information for state licensing boards.

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