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Accelerated Certification for Teachers and Master of Education

The Accelerated Certification for Teachers and Master of Education program, or ACT/MED, is ideal for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and want to become licensed teachers at the middle and high school levels in Wisconsin.

What is ACT/MED?

Accelerated Certification for Teachers and Master of Education (ACT/MED) is a post-bachelor teacher certification and master of education graduate program that leads to an initial Wisconsin teaching license for middle and secondary grades (grades 6-12) and an M.Ed. 

The ACT/MED allows cohorts the opportunity to complete a more comprehensive M.Ed. directly upon completing their initial license requirements, as required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Several M.Ed. courses are embedded within the program and students will then complete the M.Ed. within one semester upon completion of their teaching license requirements. If students already have a master’s degree, the program duration is 1.5 years.

The program offers…

  • Initial WI teaching licenses in cross-categorical special education and a full range of secondary education areas: art, biology, broad field science, broad field social studies, chemistry, economics, English, French, geography, history, math, music, physical education, political science, science, Spanish, speech communications, and theatre.
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in either Cross-Categorical Special Education or content-area specialization.

Admission Requirements

ACT/MED is dedicated to high standards that are reflected in the admissions and course requirements.


To participate in the ACT/MED Program at Carthage, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the appropriate teaching content area. A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required of all college coursework completed.
  • Be currently employed (or will be employed) by a public or private middle or high school.
  • Complete the entire ACT M.Ed. program unless you already hold a master’s degree and seek only to obtain teacher licensure. Without a master’s, candidates obtain a teacher license and participate in an accelerated cohort M.Ed. program in 1.5 years with the Comprehensive Exam option or 2 years with the Capstone Thesis option.


The ACT/MED program begins in May of each year, and applications and accompanying paperwork are due by April 30.

You may receive admission to the Carthage ACT/MED Program by providing the following:

  • Completed application, a hard copy application can be obtained from the Office of Admissions.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.

Praxis I and II ExamS

  • Students are no longer required to take Praxis I.
  • Student candidates with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in their area of certification are waived from taking Praxis II.
  • For those seeking a teaching license in Spanish, French, or German, the Praxis II is not needed. The candidate must pass an Oral Proficiency and Written Proficiency exam. These tests are set up through the Modern Languages department at Carthage College. Please contact the Admission Counselor for the ACT program for more information.

Out-of-State License Applications

ACT candidates who wish to apply for licensure in states outside of Wisconsin should notify the teacher education advisor as soon as possible. It is the student’s responsibility to know what the requirements for licensure are in the state where they desire licensure. The advisor will work with the candidate to assist in meeting the requirements of the state within the teacher education program and/or the advanced professional development. If the teacher education program is unable to assist in meeting the requirements of the state, the advisor may assist the candidate in finding alternatives. It is critical that candidates identify early in their pathway to licensure if they will be seeking initial licensure outside of Wisconsin. Our jurisdiction will issue a three-year provisional license, which leads to a lifetime license, based on a valid license from another jurisdiction and one-year of licensed experience.

Note: Individuals who have failed a teacher preparation program are not eligible for Accelerated Certification for Teachers.