The Master of Science in Education at UW-Platteville allows you to gain the knowledge of lesson planning, school environments, instruction, and professionalism to teach today’s students. Tailor your master’s degree to your career needs by adding an optional area of emphasis in K-12, adult education or counseling.

You’ll complete advanced courses in teaching along with research procedures and educational leadership and mentoring. A master's degree establishes you as an expert in the field, along with improving your skills in the classroom, and providing you increased job stability and a potential salary increase. This program allows for flexible courses at night, on weekends, and during the summer.

Choose how your career needs will best be suited by selecting an optional area of emphasis.

K-12 (Elementary, Middle, Secondary)

Continue developing your skills in the areas of research, instruction, and leadership to become a skilled and knowledgeable teacher in elementary, middle, and secondary education. The K-12 emphasis may lead to licensure in educational administration, reading, or cross-categorical special education.

Adult Education

Enhance your skills in designing, delivering, and assessing educational programs for adults with an emphasis in adult education. Customize your degree depending upon your career path with courses from a specialty area. You’ll complete teaching courses in the areas of adult learner, program planning for adults, exploring innovations in education, and more.

Classes for the adult education emphasis are offered in a flexible format by webcam on weekday evenings.


The emphasis in counseling provides advanced study to prepare you for a career in mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, or human services. You’ll explore coursework in the areas of group counseling, mental health diagnosis and treatment planning, crisis and trauma counseling, and more.

The program is pre-approved for the Substance Abuse Counselor-In-Training through the Department of Safety and Professional Services. Flexible courses are offered Friday nights and Saturdays in the Milwaukee/Racine area, Madison/Janesville area, and Platteville areas. Select courses are also available by webcam on weekday evenings.