M.S. - Special Education: Cross-Categorical Teacher Certification
The M.S. Special Education Teacher Certification program is an initial certification program preparing students to:
- Serve as resources and advocates for persons with disabilities and their families
- Work cooperatively in and outside schools to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families
- Assume leadership to enhance the education of all students
The M.S. Special Education Teacher Certification program offers:
Course work and experiences in elementary and middle/high schools with students who have a wide range of abilities including students with significant disabilities.
A full-time, four-semester program combining education course work, practicum experiences and student teaching in local schools.
Cross-categorical Special Education certification with emphases in intellectual and developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disabilities. Graduates are eligible to apply for a cross-categorical Special Education license at the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence level (ages 6-12/13), and also at the Early Adolescence through Adolescence level (ages 10-21).
These certifications correspond to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction license numbers 801 (code 72), and 801 (code 73). Students admitted to the program who are selected for the Project EPIC Traineeship (see below) will also earn teacher certification in intellectual disabilities (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction license number 810).
M.S. Special Education Teacher Certification
Degree Requirements and Program Planning Information
Project EPIC master's with teacher certification program
Project EPIC is an additional training program to develop leadership skills and knowledge to promote inclusive educational experiences for students with significant disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and/or Intellectual Disabilities. It offers:
- Coursework focusing on inclusive education for students with significant disabilities (i.e., Autism Spectrum Disorders and/or Intellectual Disabilities)
- Specialized training in collaborative problem solving in educational settings
- Tuition remission and stipends each year of the program
EPIC Program Brochure
EPIC Program Application Information
M.S. - Special Education: General Master's Program
The general master’s degree program is flexible and individualized to meet the needs of each student. Programs can provide:
- Advanced study in areas of special education for students who are already certified to teach.
- Predoctoral study consisting of clinical and academic coursework.
Together, the student and a faculty advisor design a master’s program based on the student’s previous education, experience and interests. Completion of the degree requires a minimum of 30 graduate degree credits to include a research seminar course (RPSE 700) and additional course work determined in consultation with a faculty advisor. Students completing this degree program are also required to complete a project and/or thesis and must pass a culminating master's comprehensive examination.