Non-Degree-Seeking Add-on Special Education Program
(For teacher candidates who have already hold or are eligible to hold a WI teaching license)

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Phase I—SPE Program Admission Criteria

1.      Complete the electronic admission application to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as an undergraduate “Special NonDegree-Seeking Candidate.” Candidates should complete this process prior to beginning the Special Education Program admission process or complete this process concurrently with Program admission. See http://www.uwlax.edu/admissions/html/nondegree.htm for admission information.

2.      Contact Special Education Program Director (see contact information below).  Qualified candidates are considered for admission on a rolling admission basis.

Phase II—SPE Program Admission Criteria

1.      Copy of unofficial transcript (from ALL previous institutions, undergraduate and graduate)

2.      Copy of WI teacher license(s) and DPI stipulation memo, if issued a license with stipulations

3.      Table listing a minimum of 25 hours of verified experience working directly with students with special needs (may include professional teaching, private tutoring or organizational volunteering with persons with an identified disability; experience with family members will not be permitted)(See experience table template). Experiences must be verified by an organization &/or school supervisor on letterhead.

4.      Letters from supervisor verifying hours and direct contact experience listed above IS REQUIRED (experiences with family members will not be permitted)

5.      Statement of Intent: personal written statement describing why you should be admitted to the Special Education Program (default font size 11, 1-2 page double spaced)(see the Statement of Intent Guidelines and the Writing Rubric for evaluation criteria)

6.   Candidates must complete the self-report Criminal Background Check form (part of the Qualtrics Admission Survey--Phase II link below).

ADMISSION PROCEDURES

Phase I—SPE Program Admission Procedures

1.      Complete electronic admission application to UW-L See http://www.uwlax.edu/admissions/html/nondegree.htm for admission information.

2.      Contact Special Education Program Director (see contact information below)

Phase II—SPE Program Admission Procedures

1.      Complete the Admission Qualtrics survey: Use this link to access the Special Education Add-On Certification survey

2.      Send documentation into the Special Education Program Director (see contact information below)

 

Phase III—SPE Program Admission Procedures

5.      The Special Education Program Admissions Committee will notify applicants of admission decision in a timely manner to facilitate registration for the appropriate semester.

Note:

1.      Admission to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a separate admission process and should be completed prior to or concurrently to admission to the Special Education Program. Candidates should apply to the University as a “Special Non-degree-Seeking” candidate. See http://www.uwlax.edu/admissions/html/nondegree.htm for registration information.

2.     Incomplete candidate files will not be reviewed; candidates must resubmit materials.

3.  Candidate indicating ineligibility to Wisconsin teacher licensure will not be admitted.

 

Appeal & Reapplication Policy

Candidates who meet the stated criteria may apply for admission to the Special Education Program. Candidates who are not admitted may appeal the admission decision by submitting a letter of appeal to the DES Department Chair within 30 days of the appeal notification. The candidate may be asked to meet with the Special Education Admission Committee as part of the appeal process. Candidates will be notified of the appeal decision in a timely manner. The appeal decision is final.

 

Joe Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, Special Education Program
300B Morris Hall
608-785-8663
jjohnson3@uwlax.edu

Updated: July 2013