Certificate of Advanced Study in Teaching and Learning

This certificate provides individual teachers with the knowledge, skills, and research tools to make evidence-based claims as to their effectiveness in the classroom. The set of five, 3-credit graduate courses prepares professionals with the knowledge base needed to engage in data-driven, action research that draws from the use of formative, benchmark, and summative assessments and leads to effective upgrades in instruction. Certificate completers will be positioned to become school and district leaders having an integrated set of instruction, assessment, and research skills needed to advance student achievement levels in their respective disciplines.

Certificates of Advanced Study in Teaching and Learning may be earned in the following areas: Science, Mathematics, Reading, Social Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, English, Literary Studies, Adolescent Literature, Children’s Literature, Writing, and Second Language Acquisition.

Eligibility and Admission

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or a graduate degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA.


  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School via the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses
Five required, 3-credit, graduate-level courses. Total credits: 15

Course I
CurrIns 701 Curriculum Planning and Ideologies
Or a curriculum elective in the disciplinary focus area

Course II
One graduate-level elective in the student’s disciplinary focus area.

Course III — Discipline-specific advanced methods course
One of the following:
CurrIns 710 Curriculum for Early Adolescents
CurrIns 721 Advanced Problems in the Teaching of Social Studies
CurrIns 724 Advanced Problems in Science Education
CurrIns 730 Mathematics in Elementary Education
CurrIns 731 Mathematics in the Secondary School
CurrIns 734 Advanced Problems in the Teaching of Foreign Languages
CurrIns 746 Advanced Reading Education
CurrIns 751 Language Arts in the Elementary School
CurrIns 753 Teaching Language and Composition
CurrIns 754 Teaching Literature
Other courses as approved by the certificate program committee.

Course IV
CurrIns/ED PSYCH 725 Improving Teaching and Learning with Classroom-based Assessments

Course V — Capstone
CurrIns 705 Research in Schools and Communities
Or a capstone elective in the disciplinary focus area.

Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Transfer Credit
No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. Transfer credits will be considered only if the applicant can provide ample, acceptable evidence that the course taken is substantially the same as one of the first three courses that constitute the certificate program. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in Ph.D. programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.