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School of Education Cross-Categorical Special Education Add-On Certification

Graduate Teaching Certification

Earn your 801 Add-on License

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has proudly offered certifications in special education since 1972. The Cross Categorical Special Education (SPEC ED) Add-on Teacher Licensure/Certification provides opportunities for licensed teachers to gain valuable knowledge and experience working with special needs children from 5K through 12th grade.  

Program Benefits  

  • courses are 100% online
  • collaborate with other special education teachers
  • advocate for the unique needs of your students
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Why choose the Cross-Categorical Special Education Add-On program at UW-Stevens Point?

At UW-Stevens Point, we have online, interactive classes that will provide opportunities for you to examine and enrich your personal and professional goals. The number of credits required for this add-on licensure/certification program is dependent on each participant’s educational and professional background. We will work with you to review your transcripts and determine each participant’s unique course requirements.
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Add-On Program

By the Numbers

9
Courses
2
Years
US Dollars450
Per Credit + Fees

Courses

Students for this program must already have a bachelor’s degree and teacher license/certification in early childhood, elementary, secondary, or K-12 education.

We will let you know during your transcript review if these professional education requirements have or have not been met. If not, these courses will be required before you can begin the program.

  • Education 723: The Psychology of the Classroom (Development)
  • Education 702: Advanced Educational Psychology: Theory into Practice OR Education 723: The Psychology of the Classroom (Educational Psychology)
  • Education 718: Methods and Materials for Teaching Reading
  • Education 351: Educating Students with Special or Other Needs in the General Education Environment OR Education 755: Foundations of Special Education *Requires clinical experience/practicum hours.
  • Education 743: Secondary Literacy for Teachers
  • Reg Ed Methods Courses (Initial License)
  • Education 398: Student Teaching (Initial license)

  • Education 756: Special Education Assessment *Requires clinical experience/practicum hours.
  • Education 704: Strategies for Discipline and Classroom Management *Requires clinical experience/practicum hours.
  • Education 737: Family, Community, and Agency Collaboration for Transitioning Individuals with Disabilities
  • Education 713: Essential Skills for Special Educators *Requires clinical experience/practicum hours.
  • Education 764: Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Disabilities *Requires clinical experience/practicum hours.
  • Education 769: Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Students with Disabilities II
  • Education 781: Teaching Students with Disabilities Practicum – Internship (On-The-Job Student Teaching) in areas/grades of add-on certification. *You will need to obtain clinical experience (practicum hours) with students in elementary, middle, and secondary settings throughout yout courses, prior to student teaching, in order to student teach in only one placement.

Throughout the coursework, students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher. If they fall below 3.00 then they must take the Praxis Subject Area Assessment Test #0146 or #5146 (Formerly called Praxis II Test “Middle School: Content Knowledge) and achieve a minimum score of 146 to earn their licensure/certification.

Upon completing the course work, the final licensure/certification stage is passing the Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) with a score of 240 or higher. For those who hold a lifetime license, (at the time they apply for their new add-on license) do not need to pass FoRT to add a license in one of the areas listed in statute (Elementary-Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence, Reading Teacher, and all areas of Special Education).

Please see our FoRT Alternative website for additional information about UWSP’s approved FoRT Alternative Pathway.

“I have enjoyed every class, every video, every assignment and believe me that it has served me tremendously in my training as a teacher, I have always loved my exceptional students and now I not only love them but I respect more their struggle to be included in our society, in our schools and in our lives.”
Norma Schmidt

How much will it cost?

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Tuition and Costs

We recognize that cost is essential when determining which program is best for you. Tuition, segregated fees, and a distance education fee combine to determine the program’s total cost, and each item is priced on a per-credit basis. There is an additional $25 administrative fee per semester of enrollment. For questions about tuition or more information, please reach out to Student Financial Services. Students enrolled in an add-on licensure program are considered non-degree seeking and will not be eligible for financial aid. If students combine their add-on licensure with the master’s in education degree, they are degree-seeking and are eligible for financial aid.

Are you Ready to Apply?

To apply to this program, please follow the steps below.

  1. Apply to the School of Education and submit:
    1. All unofficial transcripts (including transfer credits)
    2. Teaching license
    3. Background check – must be from the last six months.
  2. Once you have been accepted into the program, you will apply to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as a non-degree seeking student. If you are adding the Master’s in Education degree, then you will apply as a degree seeking student.
  3. Once you have been accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, you will be emailed instructions to set up your student account and register for classes.
  4. Upon completing the UW-Stevens Point Health Education add-on program, you can complete your DPI licensing application by following this link: Apply for your add-on licensure/certification through the UW-Stevens Point School of Education.

 

Master's in Education

Add a Master’s in Education

Are you interested in earning your Master’s in Education? Why not use the credits from this add-on licensure/certification to count towards your degree? The M.S. in Education degree requires 30 graduate credits, and these courses can be used to count towards your degree. Learn more about our master’s degree and how you can earn both a degree and an add-on licensure/certification at the same time.

Meet your Faculty and Staff

Our instructors consistently achieve exemplary ratings and strive to utilize innovative instructional strategies in an online environment. We are available to assist our students and care deeply about their needs.
Nikki Logan

Nikki Logan

  • Associate Professor – Education
  • Coordinator – Special Education
715-346-2040
Sydney Bueno

Sydney Bueno

  • Assistant Professor – Special Education
  • Director – School of Education Graduate Programs
  • Liaison – Project Search
  • College of Professional Studies Diversity Task Force
715-346-2354
Emily Wahlquist

Emily Wahlquist

  • Administrative Program Specialist – School of Education
  • Graduate Student Success Coordinator
  • Harju Center Program Coordinator
  • Youth Programs and Outreach Coordinator
715-346-2524
Rayvn Knipple

Rayvn Knipple

  • Graduate Programs Assistant – School of Education
  • CPS University Staff Common Council Representative
715 346-2048

Accreditation

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DPI Accreditation

UW-Stevens Point’s teacher education programs are accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The United States Department of Education requires institutions that provide distance education to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Following is this disclosure information for this program:

  • The requirements of this program meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Wisconsin
  • The requirements of this program do not meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Not applicable
  • The requirements of this program have not been determined if they meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming; District of Columbia; American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands