Special Education Program

Graduate Faculty Top of Page

Jessica Cook, Assistant Professor

Special Education Program Description Top of Page

The M.S.E.-Special Education degree program is designed for licensed teachers and other professionals who wish to pursue graduate work in the field of special education. The program is appropriate for professionals working with people with disabilities, as well as elementary, secondary, or K-12 teachers. For licensed teachers, the program can lead to special education certification for licensure.

An action research project must be completed prior to being granted the M.S.E.-Special Education degree if they are already licensed.

The M.S.E. Special Education degree is designed for practicing teachers and other professionals who want to increase their knowledge about and improve their skills for working with students who have special needs. The degree without certification for licensure is specifically designed for regular education teachers who have students with special needs included in their classrooms and wish to gain new knowledge and skills for working with these students.  An action research project must be completed prior to being granted the M.S.E.-Special Education degree if already licensed or not seeking licensure as a regular educator.

The M.S.E. Special Education degree with Certification for Licensure is designed for practicing teachers who want to work directly with children who have special needs. Preparation is included for working in both resource rooms and collaboratively with regular education teachers.

*Notice: Due to pending licensure program approvals by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), program requirements are subject to change for students entering Fall 2019.  Students affected by any approved changes which occur in the 2019-2021 catalog will be formally notified by the UW-Superior Educator Program.

Admission Requirements & Removal from Program Top of Page

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the requirements for entry to UW-Superior Graduate Studies, applicants for admission to the MSE Special Education degree program must submit:

  1. a transcript indicating a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution;
  2. a resume with teaching experience and license listed; and
  3. attesting to no criminal record

There is no conditional admission to the graduate Special Education Program.

Removal From M.S.E. Special Education Program

Students can be removed from the MSE Special Education Degree Programs. Any violation occurring that is outlined in the University of Wisconsin System Code Chapters 14 and 17 respectively are grounds for disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. In addition, students can be removed or expelled from the program based on grades and violations of the code of ethics for Special Education. No grade lower than a C+ counts toward degree completion. Also, students must be aware of and responsive to life circumstances beyond academic preparation that would exclude them from licensure/certification (e.g., legal history, and/or past professional disbarment).

Accumulated GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on all graduate coursework is required for program completion for Wisconsin licensure.

Master of Science in Education - Special Education Top of Page

30 credits required

Core Component courses (9 credits required):

The Exceptional Learner -- 3.00 credits
Behavior Analysis and Intervention -- 3.00 credits
Collaboration and Transition: From School to Community -- 3.00 credits

Methods Component courses (12 credits required):

Reading-Issues & Interventions -- 3.00 credits
Methods of Adaptive Instruction -- 3.00 credits
Mathematics Assessment and Strategies -- 3.00 credits
Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education -- 3.00 credits

Elective Courses (3 credits available to be substituted but not required):

Seminars in Special Education -- 0.50 - 4.00 credits

Research Component courses (3 credits required):

Action Research Methodology -- 3.00 credits

Certification Component courses (6 credits required):

Assessment of Learners with Exceptionalities -- 3.00 credits
Special Education Directed Student Teaching -- 1.50 credits

Students seeking only the M.S.E. Special Education degree must complete a minimum of 27 credits from courses in the Core, Elective, and Methods components, and 3 credits from the research component.

Students seeking the M.S.E. Special Education degree with Certification for Licensure must complete a minimum of 21 credits in the Core and Methods components, 3 credits in the research component, and a minimum of 6 credits in the Certification Component.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on all graudate coursework is required for program completion for Wisconsin licensure.

Certification Program for Special Education Licensure Top of Page

The Special Education program offers courses approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for certification for licensure as a cross categorical special education teacher MC-EA or EA-A (K-12).

Testing Requirements for Special Education Licensure Top of Page

During the course of completing licensure requirements for a special education teaching license, the teaching candidate will need to successfully complete the following Wisconsin required tests for licensure:

  1. PRAXIS II - Middle School Content (Calculator Allowed)  For more information: https://www.ets.org/praxis/wi/requirements. Minimum score allowed on PRAXIS II -- 146
  2. Foundations of Reading Test For more information: http://www.wi.nesinc.com/Home.aspx.  Minimum score allowed on the Foundations of Reading Test -- 240

You are responsible for scheduling your testing for these areas and providing the information to the Educational Leadership Department when you reach a successful level of scoring for these exams. Past students recommend that you schedule the PRAXIS II test after you complete some of your methods classes, especially in the area of math, and that you not schedule it towards the end of your programming. The Foundations of Reading Test is recommended to be completed while you are enrolled in or just completed the required reading course.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on all graudate coursework is required for program completion for Wisconsin licensure.

Post Baccalaureate Program -- Special Education Licensure Option Top of Page

For those students completing the Special Education Minor at UW-Superior or its equivalent, a Post Baccalaureate Program is available that can end in cross-categorical licensure. This certification for licensure program is accessed through the same application process as outlined above for MSE candidates.  Candidates have the ability to seek licensure in Cross-categorical Special Education MC-EA and EA-A, in order to serve grades 1-12.  All courses are at the graduate level.

Courses required for Licensure:

*Credits from the Special Education Minor at the undergraduate level or the equivalent

Assessment of Learners with Exceptionalities -- 3.00 credits
Behavior Analysis and Intervention -- 3.00 credits
Collaboration and Transition: From School to Community -- 3.00 credits
Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education -- 3.00 credits
Special Education Directed Student Teaching -- 1.50 credits

Depending on the background of the student and the previous educator preparation program, additional courses may be required.  An individual plan of study will be designed after a comprehensive transcript review is completed.

Testing Requirements include: PRAXIS II and Foundations of Reading Test as noted above.

Students who complete this process may choose to continue, when in good standing, and complete the MSE requirements.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on all graudate coursework is required for program completion for Wisconsin licensure.