SPECIAL EDUCATION
Program Requirements

The graduate program in Special Education is designed for teacher candidates of students with special needs. Admission to the graduate school and completion of program application procedures are required for entry into the program. Initial certification candidates must complete the prerequisites for admission.

Candidates wishing to gain admission into the Graduate Special Education Program should have completed the following or show evidence of competency attainment.
1.  Completion of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or current WI teaching licensure (copy of WI teaching licensure).

Admission Requirements
1.  Admission into Graduate Studies in full standing
2.  Special Education Program application
3.  Three letters of recommendation
4.  Statement of Purpose

Candidates should register for the Praxis II Test (#0146) within the first two semesters of being admitted to the program.

Degree Requirements (Select one of the following degree options.)
Option A: Thesis - 30 semester credits including completion of a master’s thesis
Option B: Seminar Paper - 32 semester credits including completion of a seminar paper
Option C: Comprehensive Examination - 36 semester credits and successful completion of a three-hour comprehensive
               examination

At least one-half of all credits (Options A-C) must be earned in 700-level courses. Candidates must supplement option choice with courses from the certification requirement or elective course sections. Candidates must schedule their capstone options with an advisor at least one term prior to the term in which they expect to graduate. Candidates choosing the comprehensive examination with the program director one semester prior to the semester in which they expect to graduate.

Option A: Thesis Option                                                                                                Credits
RDG       730         Assessment and Instruction for
                          Students with Reading Differences                                            3
EFN       760         Theory & Practice in Educational Research                                   3
                                or
RDG       762         Reading Theory & Research                                                    3
SPE       799         Research: Master’s Thesis                                                      6

Option B: Seminar Paper Option                                                                                 Credits
RDG       730         Assessment and Instruction for
                          Students with Reading Differences                                            3
EFN        760         Theory & Practice in Educational Research                               3
                                or
RDG        762         Reading Theory & Research                                                   3
SPE        761         Seminar Paper                                                                     2

Option C: Comprehensive Exam Option                                                                     Credits
RDG       730         Assessment and Instruction for
                          Students with Reading Differences                                           3
EFN        760         Theory & Practice in Educational Research                                3
                               
or
RDG       762         Reading Theory & Research                                                     3
SPE       780         Seminar in Special Education                                                    3

Elective Courses:                                                                                                            Credits
EDM       773        Current Trends in Literature
                          for Children & Young Adults                                                      3
EFN        715        Issues and Trends in Education                                                 3
EFN        739        Seminar:  Special Problems in Education                                      3             
EFN        740        School Law                                                                            3
ESS        725        Diversity in Physical Activity Setting                                           2
ESS        765        Adventure Education for Physical Education                                 2-3         
ESS        787        Clinical Internship in Adapted Physical Education                            1-3                         
ESS        792        Seminar in Adapted Physical Education                                         1-3                                      
RDG        528        Reading in the Content Areas                                                    3
RDG        710        Seminar: Reading & Language Arts in
                          the Middle School                                                                   3
RDG        733        Advanced Assessment & Evaluation of
                          Reading Difficulties                                                                 3
RDG        741        Reading in the Elementary School                                              3
RDG        745        Early Reading Empowerment 1                                                   3                             
RDG        746        Early Reading Empowerment II                                                   3             
REC        701        Philosophical Foundations of
                          Leisure, Play, and Recreation                                                     3
SPE        715        Special Education and the Law                                                   3

Certification Requirements:
Students seeking special education certification have two age-level options: Cross-Categorical Special Education-Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence/Adolescence or Cross-Categorical Special Education-Early Adolescence/Adolescence. All certification candidates must pass PPST (when applicable), appropriate Praxis II test, and complete a developmental evaluation portfolio in order to be recommended for licensure. Candidates in a master’s degree program option may supplement with certification courses, but must abide by the 700-level course policy.

Non-Degree Students:
Candidates who seek Cross-Categorical Special Education licensure only may do so by completing the certification requirements below. This is not a degree-seeking option, but can be subsumed within a degree program.

Special Education certification requires the completion of the following:
1)  Any designated Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction deficiencies (designated by previous teaching experience and
     completed course work)
2)  All core courses
3)  Special Education Professional practice, selecting at least one certification option within the initial or add-on option
     sequence
       a.  Cross-Categorical Special Education-Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence
       b.  Cross-Categorical Special Education-Early Adolescence/Adolescence

Core Courses: 25 credits (All core courses are required for each Certification Option.)                                                                                                                                                                                                              Credits
SPE        516         Introduction to Cross-Categorical Special
                           Education Characteristics                                                                 3             
SPE        524         Classroom Management &
                           Positive Behavior Practices                                                               3
SPE        529         Inclusive Strategies for the Classroom                                           3                                             
SPE        531         Language Development & Disorders                                                    3
SPE        540         Collaboration & Transition:  
                           from School to Community                                                                3
SPE        546         Methods in Cross-Categorical Special
                           Education: Middle Childhood--Early Adolescence                                   3
                                  OR 
SPE        547         Methods in Cross-Categorical Special
                           Education: Early Adolescence—Adolescence                                        3
SPE        552         Individual Assessment                                                                      3
SPE        561         Clinical in Special Education                                                              1
SPE        715         Special Education and the Law                                                          3             

Professional Practice Options: 16 credits

Option 1: Cross-Categorical Special Education-Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence (MC-EA)
(for those NOT currently teaching with an emergency license)

                                                                                                                                                           Credits  
SPE        583         Student Teaching: Cross- Categorical Special
                           Education--Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence                                      15                         
SPE        530         Seminar in Cross-Categorical Special Education                                      1
                                  Total Credits                                                                                                      16

Option 2 Cross-Categorical Special Education-Early Adolescence/Adolescence (EA-A)
(for those NOT currently teaching with an emergency license)

                                                                                                                                                            Credits
SPE        584         Student Teaching: Cross-Categorical Special
                           Education—Early Adolescence/Adolescence                                            15
SPE        530         Seminar in Cross-Categorical Special Education                                       1
                                
Total Credits                                                                                                        16

Add-On Certification Options: (7 credits)

Option 3:  Cross-Categorical Special Education-Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence (MC-EA)
(for those CURRENTLY teaching with an emergency license)

                                                                                                                                                             Credits
SPE        783         Student Teaching: Cross-Categorical Special
                           Education—Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence                                       5
SPE        786         Seminar in Cross-Categorical Special
                           Education                                                                                         2
                          
      Total Credits                                                                                                         7

Option 4:   Cross-Categorical Special Education—Early Adolescence/Adolescence (EA-A)
(for those CURRENTLY teaching with an emergency license)
                                                                                                                               Credits
SPE        784         Student Teaching: Cross-Categorical Special
                           Education—Early Adolescence/Adolescence                                               5
SPE        786         Seminar in Cross-Categorical
                           Special Education                                                                                 2
                                  Total Credits                                                                                                           7