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


Program Information

Program Description

The School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point offers Special Education Add-On Certification in the areas of Cognitive Disabilities (CD) (810); Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD) (830); Learning Disabilities (LD) (811); and/or Cross-Categorical Special Education (801).

If you pursue a license in Cognitive Disabilities; Emotional/Behavioral Disorders; and/or Learning Disabilities, you will also be licensed in Cross-Categorical Special Education. If you are already licensed in Cognitive Disabilities; Emotional/Behavioral Disorders; and/or Learning Disabilities, you can pursue a license in Cross-Categorical Special Education.

In addition to Professional Education Requirements that most teachers have completed within their initial certification programs, the Special Education Add-On Certification consists of up to 20 credits (including traditional student teaching or on-the-job student teaching). These credits can also be applied toward progress on one of UWSP's existing Master’s Degree in Education programs.

Participating students will work in at their pace to complete coursework and practicum/student teaching experiences. Courses are offered in a combination of online, face-to-face, and hybrid formats to accommodate practicing professionals. The program can be completed in as little as 15 months.

Certification

Who Will Benefit from the Special Education Add-On Certification Program?

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. 

The Special Education Add-On Certification Program will also provide the opportunity for participants to move forward in their PDP while attaining an additional certification and to dovetail required credits with our existing Master's Degree in Education (MSE).

Program Details

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.

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)
    • 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)

Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II):

  • A passing score of 146 or higher on the Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II) is 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. Cognitive Disabilities; Emotional/Behavioral Disorders; Learning Disabilities and/or Cross-Categorical Special Education add-on certification requires ETS Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II Test) #5146: Middle School: Content Knowledge.
  • Additional information about the Praxis II Content Tests can be found at the ETS website.

Portfolio:

  • A portfolio developed during the student teaching semester to address the 10 InTASC Teaching Standards.

Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin:

  • A passing score of 240 or higher on the Foundations of Reading Test is a requirement for individuals seeking Special Education Add-On Certification in the state of Wisconsin. For more information on registration and test preparation, please see the UWSP website: Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin
  
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