Special Education Program
The Special Education Program, approved by State of Wisconsin, Department of Public Instruction, prepares Teacher Education Candidates to teach K-12 students who are identified as needing special education services. This is a Cross-Categorical Special Education certification (#801). Teacher candidates choose an emphasis area within the field of Cognitive Disabilities (CD), Emotional Behavior Disorders (EBD) or Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). Certification courses generally follow a fall-only-spring-only course sequence delivery model at the undergraduate level.
All candidates must apply for admission to the Special Education Program.
|Admission Criteria and Procedures|
|Spring 2014 Undergraduate SPE Admissions Application|
SPE candidates can earn license in one of four program tracks.
- undergraduate degree-seeking certification minor
- undergraduate non-degree-seeking (add-on) certification sequence
Admissions to the Special Education Graduate Program are currently on hold.
- graduate initial certification w/ Master’s degree
- graduate add-on certification w/ Master’s degree
- graduate add-on certification w/o Master’s degree
Undergraduate degree-seeking candidates complete a minor in special education and a major in Middle-Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA) or Early Adolescence-Adolescence (EA-A) education.
Undergraduate non-degree-seeking (add-on) candidates complete a special education course sequence in Middle-Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA) or Early Adolescence-Adolescence (EA-A) education.
- Undergraduate Add-on Certification Courses.pdf
Graduate candidates complete certification requirements in either an ‘initial’ certification with Master’s degree or ‘add-on’ certification with Master’s degree optional program track at the same developmental range options as undergraduate candidates.
- Graduate Certification Courses Without Statutory Licensure Requirements (pdf)
Graduate students may earn a Master of Science in Education in Special Education degree. Those students earning an initial teacher education certification MUST complete the Master’s degree requirements along with certification requirements. Candidates holding a valid Wisconsin Teaching license or provide evidence of eligibility may choose to ‘add-on’ certification with or without a Master’s degree.
- Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (ages 6-13 years)
- Early Adolescence-Adolescence (ages 11-21 years)
For more information contact:
Joe Johnson, Ph.D.
Director, Special Education Program
300B Morris Hall