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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.
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:
SPE 420/520 Learning Disabilities Theory, Assessment and Intervention 3 credits
SPE 782 Practicum in Learning Disabilities: Elementary (master's) 3-6 credits
(certification only) 2 credits
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
Emotional Disturbance: Secondary Level
Courses are to be selected on advisement from electives listed below:
In addition to the course work, graduate students are required to complete a research paper and an oral defense of the research paper.
SPE 761 Research and Seminar in Special Education 2credits
SPE 799 Research: Master's Thesis max. 6credit
This catalog is a record of graduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 1995. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse reserves the right to change any of the information in this catalog at any time and without giving prior notice. This catalog does not establish a contractural relationship. For a further explanation of your rights and responsibilities as a student please see theWelcome and Note to Students section.
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