Central Wisconsin Innovative Certification (CWIC) Program: Accelerated Special Education Licensure

Option A
The CWIC ("quick") program is ideal for those who have a non-teaching bachelor's degree and are either teaching special education with a license with stipulations (emergency license), or want a career change to impact students. It is offered primarily online, with two short summer residencies.

Program Benefits

  • Course completion in 18 months, with no compromise in quality of training.
  • On the job paid student teaching after 18 months of course work.
  • Flexible curriculum that is completed primarily online. Some face-to-face meetings are required in the summer. 
  • Includes a Master's of Science in Education degree, which often leads to a higher salary and greater long-term earning potential.
  • Taught by UWSP faculty with extensive experience as special educators and classroom teachers.
  • Provision of mentors during your induction year (first year teaching) for additional support.
  • Free workshops and online training to assist students with passing the Foundations of Reading Test. 
  • Training for completion of the edTPA are embedded throughout the curriculum.
  • Allows for integration of course requirements with current education job responsbilities. 
  • Curriculum is credit-based which allows for financial aid.
  • Curriculum include required practicum experience to ensure hands-on learning.

Course Requirements

Application Requirements

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75. 
    • Probationary admission will be considered for a lower GPA.
  • Separate unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Photocopies accepted. 
  • Cover Letter describing your background and interest in becoming a special educator.
  • Current resume.


  • The linked program costs are based on the Fall 2018 tuition rates. These are subject to change. 

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