​Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE 809) Add-On Certifications

This program is for educators who would like to impact the lives of children with disabilities during a key stage of development. Early intervention can help infant, toddlers, and preschoolers meet developmental milestones that are the building blocks for future success. 

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Send Program Questions to:
Nikki Logan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - School of Education
Coordinator of Special Education
457 College of Professional Studies
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
1901 Fourth Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Program Requirements

  1. Professional preparation: Completed a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, special education, or elementary education, including these required courses: Early Childhood Ed 364 or equivalent; Education 398; and Psychology 260 or HD 261.
  2. General exceptional education: Complete Education 551 and 778.
  3. Area of specialization: Complete Education 565, 566, 567, 781.
  4. A Portfolio with all assignments from the classes needed for your add-on license is required with your add-on license application.
  5. Content Knowledge Requirement: Demonstrate content knowledge by either 1) obtaining a 3.00 or higher in each teaching major and teaching minor or 2) submit passing scores on the required Praxis Subject Assessment exams. Students must meet one of the above requirements for teacher licensure. For information on Praxis Exam, please see pages 9-10 in the School of Education Advising Guide.
  6. Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin (FoRT): Required by state law for licensure: Passing score of 240 or higher on the Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin. For more information on score requirements, test preparation and registration, please see our website. 
    1. Note for FoRT: Educators who hold a lifetime license (previously called Professional Educator license) at the time they apply for their new add-on license do not need to pass FoRT in order to add a license in one of the areas listed in statute (Elementary-Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence, Reading Teacher, Reading Specialist and all areas of Special Education).
  7. State teacher licensing rules may change at any time due to legislation or licensing changes

NOTE: If you are certified in related service fields such as physical therapy, speech/language pathology with a master’s degree, etc., but do not have a prior degree with certification in education, you can pursue an emphasis in early childhood special education in order to augment your skills in working with this population. This avenue will NOT lead to teacher certification unless you elect to take the courses, which lead to that certification.

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