Special Education Certifications: Cognitive Disabilities; Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities; Learning Disabilities; and/or Cross-Categorical Special Education

Intellectual Disabilities (810)
Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (830)
Learning Disabilities (811)
Cross-Categorical Special Education (801)
Early Childhood Special Education

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has offered certifications in special education since 1972. The Special Education Add-On Certification program provides opportunities for licensed teachers to gain valuable knowledge and experience and add a new license in the area of Cognitive Disabilities; Emotional/Behavioral Disorders; Learning Disabilities; and/or Cross-Categorical Special Education. These licenses are available at the following developmental ranges: Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence ages 6-13, Early Adolescence through Adolescence ages 10-21 or both. 

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Send program questions to:
Prof. Nikki Logan
Special Education Program Coordinator
University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point

Program Requirements

The number of credits required for the Special Education Add-On Certification program is dependent on each participant’s educational and professional background, and the area of certification being sought (Cognitive Disabilities; Emotional/Behavioral Disorders; Learning Disabilities; and/or Cross-Categorical Special Education). A UWSP School of Education adviser will determine each participant's unique outline after reviewing transcripts and additional documentation.

Professional Education Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree and teaching license in early childhood, elementary, secondary, or K-12 education.
  • The following required courses:
    • Psychology 260 (Introduction to Developmental Psychology) or Human Development 261(Child Growth and Development) or Human Development 265 (Human Growth and Development: A Life-Span Approach)
    • Education 309 (Methods/Materials for Teaching Reading II for ages 6-13 or 6-21)
    • Education 351/551 (Educating Students with Special and/or Other Needs in the General Education Environment)
    • Education 381 (Educational Psychology) or Education 702 (Advanced Educational Psychology: Theory Into Practice)
    • Education 386/586 (Literacy in the Secondary Schools)
    • Regular Education Methods Course(s) (from initial licensure)
    • Education 398 (Student Teaching) (from initial licensure)

General Special Education Requirements:

  • Complete the following required courses:
    • Education 356/556 (Individual Assessment)
    • Education 362 (Classroom Management Techniques and Strategies) or Education 704 (Strategies for Discipline and Classroom Management)
    • Education 368/568 (Career, Vocational, and Community Education for Youth with Disabilities)
    • Education 378 (Parent, Home and Agency Involvement in Educating Children and Youth with Disabilities) or Education 778 (Parent, Home and Agency Involvement in Educating Children and Youth with Disabilities)

Area of Specialization [Cognitive Disabilities; Emotional/Behavioral Disorders; Learning Disabilities (One or more areas of specialization are required. The license you earn will include a specialization you choose as well as Cross-Categorical Special Education.)]:

  • Successfully complete the following courses, with an emphasis in the area of specialization you are seeking (CD/ID; EBD; LD):
    • Education 310 (Materials/Methods for Teaching Language Arts) or Education 747 (Supported Literacy) (LD Only)
    • Education 364/564 (Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Students with Special Needs)
    • Education 398 (Student Teaching with Students with Disabilities based the area of specialization you are teaching) or Education 781 (Teaching Students with Disabilities Practicum – Internship)
    • Education 398 (Student Teaching-in Regular Education) - or Verification of Teaching Experiences with Typically Developing Students
    • Education 790 (Analysis and Improvement of Educational Programs) (Cross-Categorical Only)
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.

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).
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