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


Cognitive Disabilities (Intellectual Disabilities)

Emotional/Behavioral Disorders

Learning Disabilities

Cross-Categorical Special Education

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 abilities should have learning environments that adapt to their 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.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has offered certifications in special education since 1972. Since then, the School of Education has expanded the areas of certification that we offer. We currently have certification programs in:

We also offer a certificate in Gifted and Talented Education and Early Childhood Special Education.

How to Apply to the Program

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 include the following information in your certification outline request:

  • Request for a transcript review - please include which certifications (Cognitive Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and/or Cross-Categorical Special Education) and age ranges you wish to pursue (6-13 yrs, 10-21 yrs, or both)
  • Copies of transcripts from every college attended (student copies are acceptable)
  • Copy of current teaching license
  • Your current mailing address and phone numbers
  • Your personal email address
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).  

Email to:
Nikki Logan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - School of Education
Coordinator of Special Education
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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