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SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

The Special Education programs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse are designed to prepare teachers of students identified as emotionally disturbed and/or learning disabled. Full-time students may complete requirements for both emotional disturbance and learning disabilities certification (multicategorical.) Students completing this program earn a master of science in education degree and are eligible for Wisconsin certification to teach at elementary school (K-9) or secondary school (6-12) levels. In addition, students may elect to become certified at the elementary level and at the secondary level resulting in K-12 certification.

 

Program Admission

The following are required for admission to graduate studies (master’s or certification program) in the Special Education program: a) a bachelor’s degree; b) certifiability as a teacher; c) prior completion of student teaching or equivalent at the elementary or secondary level; d) unconditional admission to graduate study; e) completion of the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller Analogies Test; f) completion of the special education application materials; and g) an admission committee interview. All admissions material must be submitted one week prior to the admission interview. Interviews are held in December and May of each year.   

 

Program Course Work

Required graduate course work for completion of programs leading to certification in learning disabilities and emotional disturbance at the elementary and secondary levels are identified below:

 

 

 

Credits

PSY

752

Assessment and Remediation: Learning and Behavior Problems I

3

PSY

753

Assessment and Remediation: Learning and Behavior Problems II

3

SPE

524

Classroom and Behavior Management

3

SPE

531

Language Development and Disorders

3

SPE

540

Collaboration with Parents, Community Agencies and Teachers

2

SPE

545

Relating K-12 Schooling to Life:Careers, Work and  Community Living

2

SPE

716

Teachers and the Law (Master's only)

3

 

 

Emotional Disturbance

Required courses

Credits

SPE

517

Understanding Emotional Disturbance: Educational Perspectives

3

 

 

or

 

PSY

717

Behavior Disorders in Children

3

SPE

528

Assessment Methods and Curriculum for Children with Behavior Disorders

3

SPE

781

Practicum in Emotional Disturbance: Elementary

 

 

 

 (master’s )

6

 

 

(certification only)

2

 

 

or

 

SPE

783

Practicum in Emotional Disturbance: Secondary

 

 

 

(master’s)

6

 

 

(certification only)

2

SPE

785

Seminar in Application of Curriculum and Methods in Emotional Disturbance

2

 

 

Learning Disabilities

Required courses

 

Credits

SPE

520

Learning Disabilities Theory, Assessment and Intervention

3

SPE

782

Practicum in Learning  Disabilities: Elementary

 

 

 

(master’s)

6

 

 

(certification only)

2

 

 

or

 

SPE

784

Practicum in Learning Disabilities: Secondary

 

 

 

(master’s)

6

 

 

(certification only)

2

SPE

786

Seminar in Application of Curriculum and Methods in Learning Disabilities

2

RDG

730

Assessment and Instruction of Students with Reading Difficulties

3

 

 

Emotional Disturbance and Learning Disabilities

Students who desire to become certified in Emotional Disturbance and Learning Disabilities must take the required courses for both areas listed above.

Certification at the Secondary Level —

Students seeking certification at the secondary level must, in addition to the previous course work, complete the following courses in learning disabilities and/or emotional disturbance respectfully:

 

Learning Disabilities:

Secondary Level

Credits

SPE

755

Methods and Curriculum for Secondary Learning Disabilities:

3

 

Emotional Disturbance:

Secondary Level

Credits

SPE

756

Methods and Curriculum for Behavior Disordered Students in Secondary Schools

3

 

 

Research Requirement

 

 

 

Credits

EFN

760

Theory and Practice in Educational Research

3

 

 

or

 

RDG

762

Seminar in Middle Level Education

3

 

 

and

 

SPE

761

Seminar Paper

2

 

 

or

 

SPE

799

Research: Master’s Thesis

max.6

 


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