Wisconsin Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

All Wisconsin teachers are required to complete a teacher preparation program from an accredited school in order to work as a teacher in the educational system within the state. This guide to teaching schools in Wisconsin provides useful information for aspiring teachers or those experienced teachers looking to further their career. There are several colleges and universities that offer teaching degrees in Wisconsin. In order to find the right teaching school for your career goals, this page contains a list of accredited teacher preparation programs as well as student reviews. Whether you are looking into starting a new career as a teacher or looking to expand your options as an experienced educator, use this guide to help you find the best program for your individual career needs.

School Facts:

  • There are 54 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Wisconsin.1
  • 29 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 82%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Mount Mary University, 49%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Lawrence University, $29,798.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: College of Menominee Nation, $6,416.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Wisconsin*: $10,480-$40,970.2
  • Two schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013: University of Wisconsin-Madison (13), University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (73).
  • Two schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): University of Wisconsin-Madison (41), Marquette University (83).
  • Ten teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Wisconsin: UW’s School of Education is just one of the many bright spots on the University of Wisconsin campus located in Madison. The School is responsible for the education of over 3,000 students with the majority being undergrads. The school is also one of the biggest employers on campus with more than 1,000 employees. During the 2010-2011 school year the UW School of Education conferred more than 750 degrees in a variety of educational fields. The school and its various departments rank extremely high on the latest iteration of US News and World Report’s list of top ranking graduate schools. Ranking number one were the departments of Counseling, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Psychology. Ranking number two in the country were Educational Administration, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education.

Marquette University: Marquette University is a Jesuit Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The University is dedicated to developing servant leaders who are able to lead future generations by investing in them. Marquette’s College of Education houses undergraduate and graduate programs, three research centers and more. The undergraduate education is a key focus of the college. Freshmen are able to take education courses during their first year helping them to decide if the program is a good fit for them. Students are also able to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and organizations to enrich their learning experience as well as get practical experience working in real-world educational settings by observing and doing the functions of a particular job.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

After evaluating 1,100 teacher preparation programs in colleges around the US, The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) ranked the programs that meet the organization’s rigorous standards (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). One teaching program in Wisconsin made the “honor roll” of 3 stars or higher. Read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in Wisconsin received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

    University of Wisconsin – Stout (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
    University of Wisconsin – Madison (Undergraduate Elementary) 2-5stars
    University of Wisconsin – River Falls (Undergraduate Secondary) 2-5stars
    University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (Undergraduate Elementary) 2stars
    University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (Undergraduate Elementary) 2stars

The following reviewed schools were cited as problematic (no stars):

    University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (Undergraduate Secondary) 0stars
    University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (Undergraduate Secondary) 0stars

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Alverno College
  • Cardinal Stritch University
  • Edgewood College
  • Lakeland College
  • Marian University
  • Marquette University
  • University of Wisconsin At Whitewater
  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • Viterbo University

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Wisconsin

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Wisconsin

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Alverno College
3400 S 43rd St
Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922
(414) 382-6000

Beloit College
700 College St
Beloit, WI 53511-5595
(608) 363-2000

Cardinal Stritch University
6801 N Yates Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53217-3985
(414) 410-4000

Carthage College
2001 Alford Park Dr
Kenosha, WI 53140-1994
(262) 551-8500

Chippewa Valley Technical College
620 W Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54701-6162
(715) 833-6200

Concordia University-Wisconsin
12800 N Lake Shore Dr
Mequon, WI 53097-2402
(262) 243-5700

Edgewood College
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711-1997
(608) 663-4861

Gateway Technical College
3520 30th Ave
Kenosha, WI 53144-1690
(262) 564-2200

Lakeland College
W3718 South Drive
Plymouth, WI 53073
(920) 565-2111

Lawrence University
College Ave
Appleton, WI 54912
(920) 832-7000

Marian University-Wisconsin
45 S National Ave
Fond Du Lac, WI 54935-4699
(920) 923-7600

Marquette University
615 N 11th St
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 288-7710

Milwaukee Area Technical College
700 W State St
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1443
(414) 297-6370

Moraine Park Technical College
235 N National Avenue
Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940
(920) 922-8611

Mount Mary College
2900 N. Menomonee River Pky
Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597
(414) 258-4810

Northcentral Technical College
1000 Campus Dr
Wausau, WI 54401-1899
(715) 675-3331

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
2740 W Mason St
Green Bay, WI 54307-9042
(920) 498-5400

Northland Baptist Bible College
W10085 Pike Plains Rd
Dunbar, WI 54119-9285
(715) 324-6900

Northland College
1411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland, WI 54806-3999
(715) 682-1699

Saint Norbert College
100 Grant St
De Pere, WI 54115-2099
(920) 337-3181

Student Review: “I found the education program at my school to be extremely beneficial. The program allowed us to get out into the classrooms during our sophomore year which was very helpful in assuring me that this was the field that I wanted to get into. Also, the program had fantastic technology that also enabled us to learn in creative different ways. For example, we had a program during our freshman year that gave us a simulated classroom. The class sizes were small and our professors always encouraged us to ask questions as needed. Due to this my cohort became very close and it really felt like a family. After all of my student teaching I felt very comfortable and confidant in my skills as a teacher. I do not perceive finding a job to be difficult after this experience. I highly encourage others to take part in this program!” -Shea M., student at Saint Norbert Collegestars-5

Silver Lake College
2406 S Alverno Rd
Manitowoc, WI 54220-9319
(920) 684-6691

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
(715) 836-2637

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State St
La Crosse, WI 54601-9959
(608) 785-8000

University of Wisconsin-Madison
500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI 53706-1380
(608) 262-1234

Student Review: “Attending UW Madison was an enlightening experience for me. It’s a big school, and I think that I wasn’t alone in feeling a little anonymous there for a few months. However, there are so many excellent opportunities and intelligent people that you can find your niche there, no matter what you’re into. You just have to take initiative and look for it. The same goes for the quality of the education you receive there – it all depends on what you make of your opportunities. If you want to goof off, you can slide by with minimal effort (depending on your major). But you can also take thousands of advanced classes taught by world-class faculty (many grad classes are open to undergrads), participate in highly active student orgs, conduct research alongside famous scientists and study abroad almost anywhere in the world. The city is also a gem: full of museums, restaurants, bars, music and political activism that is uncommon among other cities its size. The people are friendly, don’t take themselves too seriously, and love a good beer on the lakefront.” -Andrea S., student at University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
(414) 229-1122

Student Review: “My experiences at UWM have been very good. I started my journey there 13 years ago to begin my quest to be a teacher. I was given the tools I needed to get my first teaching job before I had even graduated. The school was very pleased with the types of classes that I had been taking and were very excited about me joining their team. The professors at UWM were very strict when it came to meeting deadlines on required work and projects but were always willing to offer extra assistance whenever I needed it. They made my time in the program very worthwhile. My advisors also played a vital role, informing me of what classes I needed and the expectations for each. They also provided me with the necessary motivation to keep my goals in sight. I don’t feel like any of my classes were useless because I still continue to implement some of the techniques that I learned. I am glad to be able to attend this university and I would recommend it to anyone planning to become a teacher.” -Javon A., student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Student Review: “The teacher education program at UW-Milwaukee was an exceptional experience that prepared me well for the demands of being an elementary/middle school teacher. The most influential aspect of this program is the actual field experience set up by the University. The actual program occurs over 4 semesters, and in addition to your final semester which consists of student teaching, you also get placed at a different school each of the previous 3 semesters to observe and practice lessons. The university staff is also superb in guiding prospective teachers through the program. They take a social justice approach with an urban education emphasis; all of which prepares you well for interviewing and working in inner-city schools. Lastly, the additional instructors hired to teach content classes (i.e. math, reading, science, social studies) are actual current teachers from local districts who bring a refreshing and up to date perspective on curriculum and instruction in their subject areas.” -Jonathan M., student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 424-1234

University of Wisconsin – Platteville
1 University Plz
Platteville, WI 53818-3001
(608) 342-1421

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
410 S 3rd St
River Falls, WI 54022
(715) 425-3913

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Main St
Stevens Point, WI 54481
(715) 346-4301

Student Review: “The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point is an excellent school for just about any person. The school has a big college feel in a fairly small town. The scenery is absolutely beautiful and the campus does a great job of letting Wisconsin’s natural beauty engulf the area. UWSP campus is connected to a Wildlife Reserve that takes up two thirds of the campus. This reserve not only has 26 miles of scenic walking but also employees many students every year. The buildings have a modern feel to them as most of them are newly built. Possibly the only down side to this school is that class sizes can often be large. They aren’t huge, but they usually have around eighty students which is larger than some schools. The professors have a true passion for their work and try very hard to teach their students to the best of their abilities.” -Dustin G., student at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
(715) 232-1431

University of Wisconsin-Superior
Belknap & Catlin
Superior, WI 54880-4500
(715) 394-8101

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W Main St
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790
(262) 472-1234

Viterbo University
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601-8804
(608) 796-3000

Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street
Pewaukee, WI 53072-4601
(262) 691-5566

Western Technical College-La Crosse
400 Seventh St. North
La Crosse, WI 54602-0908
(608) 785-9200

Wisconsin Lutheran College
8800 West Bluemound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Student Review: “Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI had a terrific teaching program. Although the school is very small with only 1,000 students, the small class sizes and one-on-one time with advisors and professors really created a great atmosphere. From freshmen year, the teaching program requires you to have clinical hours teaching at area public schools. By the time you graduate, you feel fully prepared to go into a classroom and teach since you had clinical experiences every semester of your schooling. The college’s program also specializes in urban education—preparing teachers to teach in Milwaukee’s struggling schools. I was able to travel to Harlem, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Chicago to observe high-performing schools and take from their programs. As a senior, I received an internship that allowed me to get paid during my student teaching. The only aspect of the program that was difficult was the large homework load. The amount of papers, lesson plans, and projects was very demanding causing many sleepless nights.” -Elizabeth B., student at Wisconsin Lutheran College

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-education/