Special Education Program
The Special Education Program prepares Teacher Education Candidates to teach K-12 who are identified as needing special education services. This is a Cross-Categorical Special Education certification (#801). Teacher candididates choose an emphasis area within the field of Congitive Disabilities (CD), Emotional Behavior Disorders (EBD) or Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD).
Though students may declare their major at any time after
enrollment at UW-La Crosse, students must apply to be
accepted into any teacher education program. Applications
are accepted to the Special Education Program
via an online survey during the first 3 weeks of the Fall
and Spring semesters.
In addition to coursework, students must complete the portfolio
and content test requirements. The following link is
a document which outlines the course requirements.
The following link is a document which outlines the course requirements.
Students must declare their major(s) in
Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA),
Adolescence-Adolescence/Secondary Teacher Education Program
(EA-A/STEP), or Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A) developmental
range with “special education” as a minor. A
A studentmay apply for admission to SPE after or during the same semester as applying for admission to the MC-EA and EC-A programs, however a student must be admitted into their major prior to their admission into the minor. An admissions committee will meet to review applications and determine who will be accepted to the program.
Special Education Program admission is competitive and based on space availability. Meeting the minimal requirements does not guarantee admission to the Special Education Program. Candidates may apply more than one time. Careful consideration must be given when applying after sophomore year, as applications in the junior year or later will delay the candidate’s ability to complete the program in a timely manner.
Eligibility Criteria for Application
Prior to submitting an application for admission to Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence program students must meet the following criteria:
Admission to a Major Teacher Education Program:
Prior to applying to the Special Education minor, students must be admitted to a teacher education major. Students may apply for an EC-MC or MC-EA major and SPE minor during the same semester.
Admission to a Major Teacher Education Program:
Students must have completed at least 24 credits (including earned and transfer credits) prior to application. Students can only be officially admitted to the School of Education Department of Educational Studies (DES) Programs after the completion of 40 credits.
a. Complete ENG 110/112 with a grade of “C” or higher
b. Complete or have concurrent enrollment in EFN 205, PSY 212, and EDS 303 (or equivalent coursework)
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:
Students must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in all academic work prior to applying for admission to the MC-EA teacher education program. This includes all transfer grade points averaged with residence (UW-La Crosse) grade points.
Basic Skills Test:
Entry into teacher education programs requires passing scores on one of the basic skills tests approved by the State Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction. (See Basic Skills Test options memo).
This requirement should be completed within the first semester on campus. Students should check their Advisement Report in Wings for Basic Skills Test documentation to ensure they meet the requirements set forth in the memo. Students should allow eight (8) weeks for the documentation of the official test scores to be sent from the testing organization to UWL and to be recorded.
Applications are accepted to DES programs via an online survey during the first 3 weeks of the Fall and Spring semesters. An admissions committee will meet to review applications and determine who will be accepted to the program.
Students should apply to the Special Education program using the following link:
1. Applications will not be accepted after 4:00 PM on the Friday of the third week of the Fall or Spring semester.
applications will not be considered. Students
must self-report a criminal background check.
Students must self-report a criminal background check.
3. A confirmation email will be sent to applicants when they successfully complete their application survey.
4. Admission decisions will be sent to the applicants via e-mail by Friday of the eighth week of the semester.5. Any applicant who changes major or licensure track must reapply for admission. Readmission will be based on current admission criteria.
Application Material Submission Requirments
you apply via the online application, your name will be added to
a D2L site
in order to you to submit required documents. You will
need to fill out and upload the following Material Submission Requirements:
1. Statement of Intent
2. Education-related experiences
3. Unofficial transcript
The Special Education Committee will review all applications and submission materials and admission decisions will be sent to students by the end of Week 8.
Curriculum, Admission or
Application questions related to the SPE Program:
Dr. Joseph Johnson
Director, Special Education Program
SPEAdmissions Committee Chair
300 B Morris Hall
Dr. Carol Angell
Other Undergraduate DES Programs: