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Pre-requisite #1: Earn a relevant undergraduate degree (completed by June)

  • English
  • Comparative Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Theater & Drama
    • If you do not have one of these degrees and believe you have a case for consideration, please email a statement and a copy of your transcript to Kate Vieira explaining your situation.
    • Examples of possible alternative areas for consideration include:   Media Studies, Journalism, Gender Studies, Social Sciences

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Pre-requisite #2: Depth and breadth of coursework or experience spanning three English content domains: Language, Writing/Composition and Literature


  • Applying language to fit a variety of audiences and purposes
  • Study of the structure or history of language, typically found in linguistics
  • Exploring the interrelatedness of language arts, including:
    • reading, writing, speaking, listening, creating and responding to media


  • Writing as a recursive thinking process (e.g., pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, and presenting)
  • Writing, speaking and creating media for a variety of audiences and purposes


  • Literature is broken into genres and connects to the world around
  • The breadth of literary exposure includes culturally-rich and diverse (broadly-speaking) representative works of major writers that span Classic, Contemporary, and Futuristic genres from the United States to around the world

Pre-requisite #3: Achieve academic standards and qualification benchmarks

  • earning a 3.0 GPA or above, or
  • passing an approved examination, or
  • providing adequate evidence through a portfolio, evaluated a review team

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Admission Steps

  1. Complete UW Graduate School application Link to website
    • Includes demographic data, statement of purpose, resume, 2 letters of recommendation, supplemental application, informal transcript
    • More information found at “Step 1” on the “How to Apply” page
  2. Internal review of your application materials
  3. Communication and commitment
    • Program staff will reach out to you regarding your admission status after the review
    • Candidates will have a limited time to accept the position
    • Final admissions steps (including a formal transcript) will be necessary through the graduate school
    • Register for classes in May

Program Review

  • Academic readiness
    • This program is an intensive masters program and requires candidates to be capable of high academic expectations
  • Connection to teaching
    • Although previous experience is not required, candidates should have thoroughly examined their role and commitment to becoming a teacher.
  • Philosophical match

Our Commitment

The secondary English education master’s degree program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to educational equality for all children and youth in K-12 contexts. Using theory and practice, we prepare teachers to create rigorous learning opportunities for all students to become critically literate and engaged citizens. We strategically address race, class, and gender in culturally relevant and sustaining ways by encouraging our teachers to be reflective, intellectually engaged professionals who see all children in their full humanity. Our program takes a Restorative English Education stance by training teachers to build relationships with students through a range of literature and writing experiences.

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