Special Education

Faculty Top of Page

Dr. Amanda Zbacnik, Assistant Professor

Special Education Teaching Minor Requirements Top of Page

Required courses (21 credits required):

The Exceptional Child -- 3.00 credits
Interventions/Methods in Services in Special Education -- 3.00 credits
Individual Educational Assessment and IEP Development -- 3.00 credits
Methods in Special Education -- 3.00 credits
Family and Culture -- 3.00 credits
Inclusive Management Strategies -- 3.00 credits
Practicum in Special Education -- 3.00 credits

Special Education Minor Without Certification Top of Page

Students may opt to be students who are highly qualified inclusion teachers without the license.  The 21 credits for the minor will suffice for the minor without certification.  There is an option to continue in special education in the post baccalaureate program, in Master's level classes, that will lead to special education licensure, prior to the completion of a Master's Degree.

Special Education Teaching Minor With Certification Top of Page

This minor prepares students to be highly qualified inclusion teachers as well as cross-categorical special education teachers.  Recently approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, individuals who minor in special education and complete a student teaching experience in special education may be eligible for licensure in special education as a cross-categorical special educator.  This type of license allows you to serve students with mild and moderate disabilities in the grade levels 1-12, depending on your practicum and student teaching experiences.  You will have an emphasis area during your minor in one of the following: Specific Learning Disability, Emotional Behavioral Disorder, or Cognitive Disability.  Assignments will determine your area of emphasis.

The special education minor that leads to the cross-categorical special education license is a direct pathway for an elementary education major.  The 21 credits of the Special Education Teaching Minor align directly to the Elementary Education major.  The testing requirements are the same as well: PRAXIS II-Middle School Content and the Foundations of Reading Test.

Those students who are double minoring in Early Childhood and Special Education would be required to take the 21 credit minor, the testing requirements for special education, and TED 407.

Those students who are K-12 or 7-12 majors in a specific content area will have additional requirements to gain the special education license.  This is due to the emphasis of special educators teaching in the area of Reading and Math.  ENGED 275 and ENGED 370 are additional requirements.  Additionally, students will be required to complete another 9 weeks of student teaching, after their major student teaching is completed.  In all, 12 additional credits are required for licensure for students with a K-12 or 7-12 major.