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 lists of top-rated teaching programs, a table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and 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.

Quick Facts

  • There are 51 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Wisconsin.1
  • 20 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 33 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 30 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • 5 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.2
  • 1 school ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
  • 6 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019.4
  • 6 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019.5
  • 5 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Wisconsin

Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019*

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (#106)
  • Lawrence University (#125)
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (#182)
  • Beloit College (#207)
  • Marquette University (#242)

*Institution-wide ranking.

Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020

  • Marquette University

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (#3 tie)
  • Marquette University (#78 tie)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (#88 tie)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout (#177 tie)
  • Cardinal Stritch University (#195-258)
  • Edgewood College (#195-258)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (#132 tie)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stout (#154 tie)
  • University of Wisconsin-Superior (#214 tie)
  • Cardinal Stritch University (#228-299)
  • Concordia University Wisconsin (#228-299)
  • Maranatha Baptist University (#228-299)

Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Wisconsin according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2017-2018 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
Alverno CollegeNo1135194%$18,028
Beloit CollegeNo308$26,976
Cardinal Stritch UniversityYes54%34%24076100%$16,154
Carroll UniversityNo91%10333100%$23,492
Carthage CollegeNo45%1107196%$26,874
College of Menominee NationNo62$6,452
Concordia University WisconsinNo94%2415998%$25,849
Edgewood CollegeNo61%16010186%$25,042
Lakeland UniversityYes17%34%1911100%$20,551
Lawrence UniversityNo9%2416100%$28,180
Maranatha Baptist UniversityNo70%61%762793%$18,152
Marian UniversityYes19%32%1082495%$21,650
Marquette UniversityNo46%1938997%$32,377
Mount Mary UniversityNo119$18,793
Northland CollegeNo19838%$20,547
Ripon CollegeNo211392%$20,151
Silver Lake CollegeNo3%16%326$21,288
St. Norbert CollegeNo34%76%1345392%$25,980
University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireNo94%33623097%$14,398
University of Wisconsin-Green BayNo29%23%23965100%$12,482
University of Wisconsin-La CrosseNo84%97%74418698%$13,045
University of Wisconsin-MadisonNo93%34119899%$15,910
University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeNo32%40%453260100%$14,445
University of Wisconsin-OshkoshNo57%55018299%$13,092
University of Wisconsin-ParksideNo338$9,542
University of Wisconsin-PlattevilleNo96%99%2499695%$14,363
University of Wisconsin-River FallsNo70%81%27815493%$14,064
University of Wisconsin-Stevens PointNo54%32%77417994%$12,935
University of Wisconsin-StoutYes32%57962100%$14,971
University of Wisconsin-SuperiorNo26%37162100%$12,023
University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterNo41%49%837240100%$12,422
Viterbo UniversityYes34%4126100%$20,457
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeNo25%54%13934100%$21,365

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Wisconsin-Madison: UW-Madison’s School of Education is just one of the many bright spots on the University of Wisconsin campus located in Madison. The School of Education is responsible for the education of over 3,000 students with the majority being undergrads. Academic departments within the School of Education include Art, Curriculum & Instruction, Dance, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The school also offers programs in kinesiology and educational psychology. Overall, the school offers teacher preparation in more than PK-12 30 subject areas. Undergraduate and graduate students are supported by expert faculty and may have research opportunities in the School of Education’s various centers and outreach units, which include the Center on Education and Work and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

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.

Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Wisconsin

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

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

Student Review: “Beloit’s teacher preparation program was satisfactory but disorganized. The reason why I chose to go to Beloit over other colleges is that the teacher program had a lot of field experience components. They did put an emphasis on gaining experience over learning about theory, which I appreciated. In terms of the field experience, there was insufficient support for students who were expected to complete field hours. Beloit barely has any public transportation, and many of the students do not have cars. It’s not a commuter campus. Yet, there was almost zero transportation help with that aspect. Professors nominally helped arrange carpools. Additionally, some of the internships were very poorly organized. Outside of structured teaching at a public school, it often happened that both the college and the participating institution expected the other group to have an idea of what they wanted to accomplish. Because the school is so small, you can have relationships with the professors as well as small class sizes. This also means that at times, the elementary and secondary education students were all together in one class and often, half the assignments and lessons felt less-than-relevant. Also, the class offerings were uneven. For example, I missed an opportunity to take a class about immigrant education because I was at an off-campus internship. To fill the requirement, I was forced to take a class about education in East Asia, which has never been relevant to me and probably never will. There was a lot of miscommunication about the graduation requirements, but this was due to the fact that when I was there, they were in the middle of a transition from a final portfolio to the edTPA. That meant that during freshman year, we were told to prepare a portfolio. Then, during junior year, we were told about the edTPA and given a very long lesson plan format to follow for practice. Finally, that lesson plan format turned out to be completely irrelevant. I hope that this has since been smoothed over. Because Beloit is so small, having a good experience really depends on having good relationships with your advisors, your professors, and your peers–as well as taking the good with the bad. Your individual professional goals are taken seriously and you can do what you plan to do there. You do have to be your own advocate, however, because there are very few professors and poor communication.” -Student at Beloit College

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 Dr
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 Ave
Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940
(920) 922-8611

Mount Mary College
2900 N Menomonee River Pkwy
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 confident 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 Ave
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 downside 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 Dr
La Crosse, WI 54601-8804
(608) 796-3000

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

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

Wisconsin Lutheran College
8800 West Bluemound Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 443-8800

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

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

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3. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2020 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2019.
4. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
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