Special Education Certifications


Certifications
Cross-Categorical Special Education (801)
Early Childhood Special Education (809)

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has proudly 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 Early Childhood Special Education (Birth through 3rd Grade) and/or Cross-Categorical Special Education (5 year old Kindergarten through 12th grade). Please apply below to obtain information regarding your individual requirements based previous courses that you have taken.  

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

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 (Early Childhood Special Education; Cross-Categorical Special Education). A UWSP School of Education adviser will determine each participant's unique outline after reviewing transcripts and additional documentation submitted via the Apply link above.

Cross-Categorical Special Education Program Requirements

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) or Education 723 (The Psychology of the Classroom)
    • Education 309 (Methods/Materials for Teaching Reading II for ages 6-13 or 6-21) or Education 718 (Methods and Materials for Teaching Reading)
    • Education 351 (Educating Students with Special and/or Other Needs in the General Education Environment) or Education 755 (Foundations of Special Education)
    • Education 381 (Educational Psychology) or Education 702 (Advanced Educational Psychology: Theory Into Practice)
    • Education 386/586 (Literacy in the Secondary Schools) or Education 743 (Secondary Literacy for Teachers)
    • Regular Education Methods Course(s) (from initial licensure)
    • Education 398 (Student Teaching) (from initial licensure)

 

Cross-Categorical Special Education Requirements:

  • Complete the following required courses:
    • Education 356 (Individual Assessment) or Education 756 (Special Education Assessment)
    • Education 362 (Classroom Management Techniques and Strategies) or Education 704 (Strategies for Discipline and Classroom Management)
    • Education 368 (Career, Vocational, and Community Education for Youth with Disabilities) AND Education 378 (Parent, Home and Agency Involvement in Educating Children and Youth with Disabilities) or Education 737 (Family, Community, and Agency Collaboration for Transitioning Individuals with Disabilities)
    • Education 713 - Essential Skills for Special Educators
    • Education 310 (Materials/Methods for Teaching Language Arts) or Education 747 (Supported Literacy)
    • Education 364/564 (Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Students with Special Needs) or Education 764 (Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Disabilities)
    • Educ 369  (Curriculum and Methods for Teaching Students with Special Needs II)  or Education 769 (Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Disabilities II)
    • 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

 

Additional Requirements:

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). Universities in Wisconsin are waiting for information from DPI on the "alternative to FoRT" for Special Education licenses. We will post our policy as soon as we hear from DPI and put our DPI approved policy in place.

 

  • Obtain a 3.00 GPA or higher in required certification coursework OR Praxis Subject Assessment Test #0146 or #5146 Minimum Score of 146 (formerly called Praxis II Test #0146 or 5146 "Middle School: Content Knowledge")

 

Early Childhood Special Education Program Requirements


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) or Education 723 (The Psychology of the Classroom)
    • Early Childhood Education 364/564 (Curriculum and Methods for Young Children)

 Early Childhood Special Education Requirements

    • Education 737 (Family, Community, and Agency Collaboration for Transitioning Individuals with Disabilities) OR Education 378/Education 778 (Parent, Home and Agency Involvement in Educating Children and Youth with Disabilities)
    • Education 365/565 (Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families)
    • Education 366/566 (Assessment/Intervention Strategies for Preschool Children with Disabilities and Their Families) 
    • Education 367/567 (Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Children with Disabilities in the Primary Grades and Their Families)
    • 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)

Additional Requirements

 

 

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). Universities in Wisconsin are waiting for information from DPI on the "alternative to FoRT" for Special Education licenses. We will post our policy as soon as we hear from DPI and put our DPI approved policy in place.

 

  • Obtain a 3.00 GPA or higher in required certification coursework OR Praxis Subject Assessment Test # 5018 Minimum Score of 157 (formerly called Praxis II Test #5014 or #0014 Minimum Score of 147)

  
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