Is this program right for you?
Students, parents, and faculty expect a lot from teachers. The UW–Madison Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction requires commitment, passion, and intensity—all of the qualities that will make you a great teacher and a great leader.
The Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction is a dual-certification program. Each student must select one subject area in which to specialize: English, social studies, science, or mathematics. Your certification equips you to teach in your subject area at the high school or middle school level. You are also certified to teach English as a Second Language (ESL)—a high demand field even in competitive job markets. Work in Wisconsin, around the country, or even abroad!
This program is suitable for people looking to move into the teaching profession or for undergraduate students starting their first career. You do not need to have taken any previous education courses to qualify for admission, but experience working with youth is preferred.
In just two summers and one academic year, gain experience in educational theory while building the ability to engage students and translate your studies into curriculum. You proceed through the curriculum as a cohort, so you are surrounded by peers who understand your goals, as well by experienced teachers and faculty who are ready to support you.
Your coursework begins in the summer in which your days are filled with exploring the educational landscape including hands-on engagement through working at a community-based practicum that connects you with youth from diverse backgrounds. In fall and spring, you complete additional courses and are placed in local secondary schools for immersive teaching. Your final summer of classes also includes a master’s project. ESL elements are infused throughout the program, so that you can deeply integrate the needs of these learners into your work as a teacher.
Our world-renowned faculty designed this program specifically to help meet the need for skilled teachers. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UW–Madison’s School of Education among the top three public institutions in its annual graduate school rankings. If you are considering a career in teaching, there’s no better place to be than UW–Madison.
What you Learn
- Use theory and practice to create rigorous learning opportunities for students
- Address race, class, and gender in culturally relevant and sustaining ways
- Develop a conceptual understanding so you can foster students’ abilities to create deep and connected sets of ideas, relationships, procedures, and concepts
Where & How you learn
- Face-to-face; on campus and in local schools
- Intensive sequence of courses that span two summers and an intervening academic year
- Complete university courses, fieldwork, and a master’s degree project
A new cohort starts every June, though applications are accepted throughout the year. Priority review is given to applications received June through October for the upcoming year.
All applicants must:
- Submit autobiographical data, a statement of purpose, a resume, and two letters of recommendation; you must apply in one of the four subject areas (English, social studies, science, or mathematics)
- 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
- Provide Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; if scores are not from the last 10 years, additional information may be required; there is no minimum test score at this time
- Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 92/120 (Internet version) or better