University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Our Program

MSPE is a two-year, fully online program that follows a cohort model with all students beginning in the Summer term and taking classes in sequence with the same group of students for both years. Students graduate in May of their second full year in the program.


Our curriculum consists of 30 credits designed to allow students to pursue specific interests within courses.

All courses emphasize practical applications and strategies for PK-12 teachers. We integrate courses from three School of Education departments:

Teaching Standards and Professional Development

MSPE courses are designed to address standards from multiple professional organizations, including:

Each student identifies a set of standards that best represents that student’s goals in the MSPE program.  The student then uses these standards to assess and document increasing competence throughout the MSPE program.

Professional Development

Many MSPE students have crafted Professional Development Plans with their schools and/or districts.  MSPE students are encouraged to share these goals with MSPE faculty so instructors can work with students to facilitate progress toward specific professional goals.

Online Teaching and Learning

MSPE coursework is completely online during the spring and fall semesters and for eight weeks during the summer, with web-based coursework and conferencing. This allows teachers to continue teaching while completing their Master’s degrees at a distance.

Due to the online nature of this program, upon enrollment, students should be comfortable using basic computer and Internet resources and have consistent access to a computer with a microphone and reliable high-speed Internet.

The MSPE program utilizes a number of interactive computer technology platforms that enhance distance-learning opportunities, including:

  • Learn@UW is the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s online course management system, powered by Canvas. Many MSPE instructors use Learn@UW as the main platform for communication. Students login to Learn@UW to keep up to date on course news, access course materials, participate in discussions, take quizzes, submit assignments through the dropbox, view grades online, and more.
  • Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative platform used for web conferencing. Blackboard Collaborate technology makes live class discussions, student presentations, debates, and other real-time activities possible. MSPE class web conferences are typically held on select Tuesday evenings between 7 and 9 PM Central time* during the Fall and Spring semesters, allowing faculty and students to engage in dynamic discussions about course content.
  • Many Google Apps can be accessed via UW-Madison student accounts. Instructors may utilize course-specific Google Sites and Google Drive to facilitate student engagement.


The MSPE program requires that students maintain a 3.0 grade point average to receive a Master of Science degree from the Department of Educational Psychology.  We are in accordance with Graduate School GPA policies.