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Continuing Studies

Accelerated Certification for Teachers

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

What is ACT?

Accelerated Certification for Teachers (ACT) is a post-bachelor teacher certification program that leads to an initial Wisconsin teaching license for middle and secondary grades (grades 6-12). The program offers initial WI teaching licenses in cross-categorical special education and a full range of secondary education areas: art, biology, broadfield science, broadfield social studies, chemistry, economics, English, French, geography, history, math, music, physical education, political science, science, Spanish, speech communications, and theatre.

Upon completion of the 14-month ACT program, participants are approximately 14 credits away from earning a Master of Education at Carthage College.


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


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

  • Hold a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the appropriate teaching content area. A 2.75 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.


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

  • Completed application, a hard copy application can be obtained from the Graduate Studies Program in the Office of Continuing Studies or Education Department.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Pass the Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in Reading, Writing and Math.
  • Pass the appropriate Praxis II content test for your teaching content area.
    • 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.

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