Special Education Requirements and Program Planning Tools

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Department of Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education
School of Education
Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall, Rm. 431
MadisonWI  53706

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Fax: 608/263.5970

Email: rpseinfo@education.wisc.edu
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Special Education
Degree Requirements, Program Planning Tools, and 

Certification/Testing Requirements 

Degree Requirements


Program Planning Tools  

Certification and Testing Requirements 

  •  Content Knowledge Requirement
    -Before student teaching, students must meet the content knowledge requirement. Special Education students meet this requirement with a minimum 3.0 grade point average in major course work. 

  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (WFORT)
    -Students must earn a minimum Wisconsin passing score of 240 on the WFORT. Most students take the test upon completion of the first or second semester of the professional program. It must be completed by the time students apply for the Wisconsin teaching license.
    -Registration information
    -WFORT hosted preparation resources
    -UW Madison hosted preparation resources

  • EdTPA
    -Students must earn a minimum Wisconsin passing score of 38 on the EdTPA. The EdTPA is a performance assessment completed during student teaching that includes submission of video of 3-5 lessons, written commentaries, and artifacts (student work, lesson plans, instructional materials among other items). For information and preparation information, contact: Celeste Hunter cahunter@wisc.edu.
    -Registration information

  • Portfolio demonstrating how Teacher Education standards are met
    -Students complete the portfolio in coordination with completion of the EdTPA during the student teaching semester/s.

Student receives award from the McBurney Disability Resource Center

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