​Special Education Certifications EBD, CD & LD


CAREER DECISIONS

Becoming a special education teacher or teacher of the gifted/ talented may be the right decision for you…

  • If you believe that we should look beyond a person’s disability to see his/her real potential
  • If you believe that students with varying functioning abilities should have learning environments that adapt to those abilities
  • If you believe that students with special talents and creative abilities have a right to develop them through various curricular programs in school
  • If you believe that teachers are key individuals who can provide meaningful learning experiences for learners with divergent abilities and/or exceptional needs in our schools.

SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Certification programs in Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point were instituted in 1972 with a minor in Learning Disabilities. Since then, more areas of certification have been added.

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Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

To receive certification, fulfill these requirements:

 

    1. Professional preparation: Completed a bachelor's degree in elementary or secondary ed, including these required courses: Education 309 or 386; Education 351, 381, 398; methods courses for instructional areas; and Psychology 260 or HD 261.
      1. If you are certified in other areas of special education, complete these professional education courses: Education 309 or 386; Education 351, 381, 383, 398; methods courses in regular curriculum; Psychology 260; or equiv graduate level courses.
    2. General exceptional education:  Complete Communicative Disorders 567; Education 556, 568, 704, 778; and
    3. Area of specialization: Successfully complete these courses, with an emphasis in emotional disabilities: Education 564, 569, and 781.
    4. Praxis II Content Tests are required by the state of Wisconsin to receive add-on certification as of August 1, 2004. If the test is taken after June 12, 2004, the score must be passing. EBD, CD & LD add-on certification requires ETS Praxis II Test # 0146 (www.ets.org)
    5. A Portfolio with all assignments from the classes needed for your add-on license is required with your add-on license application.
    6. Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin - For more information, please see our website

 

Learning Disabilities

To receive certification, fulfill these requirements:

 

  1. Professional preparation:
    1. Completed your bachelor’s degree in elementary or secondary ed, including these required courses: Education 309 or 386; Education 351, 381, 398; methods courses for your instructional areas; and Psychology 260 or HD 261.
    2. If you are certified in other areas of special education, complete these professional education courses: Education 309 or 386; Education 351, 381, 383, 398; methods courses in regular curriculum; or equivalent graduate courses.
  2. General exceptional education: Communicative Disorders 567, Education 556, 568, 704, and 778; and
  3. Areas of specialization: Successfully complete these courses, with emphasis in learning disabilities: Education 564, 569, 747, and 781.
  4. Praxis II Content Tests are required by the state of Wisconsin to receive add-on certification as of August 1, 2004. If the test is taken after June 12, 2004, the score must be passing. EBD, CD & LD add-on certification requires ETS Praxis II Test # 0146 (www.ets.org)
  5. A Portfolio with all assignments from the classes needed for your add-on license is required with your add-on license application.
  6. Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin - For more information, please see our website

 

Cognitive Disabilities

To receive certification, fulfill these requirements: 

 

  1. Professional education:
    1. Completed your bachelor’s degree in elementary or secondary education, including these required courses: Education 309 or 386; Education 351, 381, and 398; methods courses for your instructional areas; and Psychology 260 or HD 261.
    2. If you are certified in other areas of special education, complete these professional education courses: Education 309 or 386; Education 351, 381, 383, 398; methods courses in regular curriculum; Psychology 260; or equivalent graduate courses.
  2. General exceptional education: Complete Communicative Disorders 567, Education 556, 568, 704, 778; and
  3. Areas of specialization: Successfully complete these courses, with emphasis in cognitive disabilities: Education 564, 569, 781.
  4. Praxis II Content Tests are required by the state of Wisconsin to receive add-on certification as of August 1, 2004. If the test is taken after June 12, 2004, the score must be passing. EBD, CD & LD add-on certification requires ETS Praxis II Test # 0146 (www.ets.org)
  5. A Portfolio with all assignments from the classes needed for your add-on license is required with your add-on license application.
  6. Foundations of Reading Teast for Wisconsin - For more information, please see our website

How to Apply

You do not need to apply to UW-Stevens Point for acceptance into this program. There is no fee for requesting or receiving a certification outline.

Please send the following information:

  • Request for a transcript analysis - please include which certifications (EBD, LD &/or CD) and age ranges you wish to pursue (6-13 yrs, 10-21 yrs, or 6-21 yrs)
  • Copies of Transcripts (student copies are okay)
  • Copy of current Teaching License
  • Your current mailing address
  • Your email address

Send To:
Lisa Bardon, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Special Education
School of Education, CPS 460
UW-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481

 

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