Graduate Teacher Certification Program - Secondary (GTCP-S)

Program Overview

  • Classes meet once a week for four hours in the evenings (example: 4:30-8:30 p.m.) and on one Saturday from 9 am to 5 p.m. The 18-month program also includes a semester of full-time student teaching
  • Online courses are offered in a blended format with 75% of coursework taking place online, and 25% in a face-to-face setting. The face-to-face classes take place on Saturdays. This program option is 24-months long

Approved Majors:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Broad Field Science
  • Broad Field Social Studies (History Major Required)
  • Business Education
  • English
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish

Approved Minors:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • ESL / Bilingual
  • English
  • ESL/Bilingual
  • German
  • Health
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Speech

Program Specifications

  • 45 Total Credits: 36 credits (licensure program) + 9 credits (electives)
  • Praxis Tests: Students must pass the Praxis I exam prior to admission and the Praxis II exam prior to student teaching.
  • Clinical Hours: Seventy clinical hours are aligned and completed concurrently with program coursework prior to student teaching. Observation reflections are due at the end of each class.
  • Practicum: Students will complete a supervised Practicum prior to student teaching
  • Successfully complete edTPA during the student teaching semester

Please note: changes are occasionally made to the requirements; the information described within this website is subject to change without notice.

Entrance Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree with core requirements satisfied
  • A bachelor's degree that satisfies CUW requirements for one of the certifiable majors (GTCP-S)
  • Official Praxis I score report with passing scores for Wisconsin
  • An overall GPA of 2.75 with a GPA of 2.75 in any major or minor area in which you’ll request certification
  • Ability to complete 70 hours of clinical observation (concurrent with coursework) prior to student teaching, including a supervised, pre-student teaching practicum
  • Ability to student teach full-time during the final semester of the program
  • Successful completion of a Department of Justice background check
  • Praxis Tests: students must pass the Praxis I exam prior to admission and the Praxis II exam prior to student teaching


The Graduate Teacher Certification curriculum includes general coursework in educational foundations and teaching and learning theory. In addition, you will be exposed to teaching methodology and Best Teaching Practices in your licensure area. See our course catalog for our full curriculum.