Combine your license and master's in special education online

At Concordia, we understand teachers need flexibility when pursuing post-baccalaureate education. This is exactly why we have a variety of special education licensures with the option to combine each with your master's in education. Whether you're looking to add on a Wisconsin teaching license only or earn your master's for just a few more credits, our flexible online special education program options will help you step forward in your calling as an uncommon teacher.

Cost Per Credit$669
100% Online

Participate in flexible 8-week courses that are practical for today's students.

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Program Overview

Concordia's School of Education offers several online pathways for you to earn a Wisconsin teaching license in special education. You will learn to identify characteristics of children with disabilities, assess their individual needs, serve on an IEP team, and design appropriate intervention strategies. If you have not yet earned your Wisconsin teaching license choose to earn your initial SPED license online through our accelerated bachelor's degree or post-baccalaureate pathways.


If you are currently licensed or eligible for your Wisconsin DPI Teacher licensure, choose one of our four graduate-level special education pathways to hone in on practical skills to help students of all abilities thrive in inclusive classroom environments or in a special education classroom. You'll graduate eligible for the WI DPI Special Education License (attached to your Wisconsin Teaching Licensure).  Choose from our four add-on licensure options and read more about each licensure pathway on the corresponding information tab:

What to Expect

Our special education curriculum is designed to equip you with the knowledge, expertise, and confidence required to become an exceptional and understanding teacher for students with disabilities. You will learn relevant and inclusive teaching strategies to implement in the classroom and complete a practicum in your area of licensure in order to gain practical, hands-on field experience required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Classes are fully online in a convenient 8-week format with little to no on-campus requirement, depending on your program path. Click on the individual licensing tabs above to learn more about specific pathway requirements.

Additionally, Wisconsin teachers may have to take the Praxis II exam MS: Content Knowledge #5146 or #0146. You may also have to pass the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (FORT). (Students with a lifetime license do not have to take the FORT.)

Students who desire licensure in another state must contact their State Department of Education for details about whether or not this coursework will meet state requirements. Students from outside of Wisconsin may earn a master’s degree without a teacher license. Submit your transcripts to the program director for review and specific curriculum requirements.

Scholarship Information

Concordia offers several Uncommon Scholarships aimed at adult and post-traditional learners. They include:

  • Academic Community Scholarship—Concordia currently has Preferred Educational Partnership (PEP) agreements with over 100 public, private, charter, and voucher schools in Wisconsin. All PEP district employees are eligible to receive $450 per three-credit graduate course.
  • Christian Community Scholarship—Employees of any qualifying Christian organization, church or school are eligible to receive $500 per participating graduate program.
  • Alumni Scholarship— Concordia alumni are eligible to receive $500 per participating graduate program.

All funds will be applied toward tuition and future tuition within the academic year and is not retroactive to past coursework completed prior to the receipt of this application. An application will need to be complete every academic semester and is the responsibility of the student to complete.

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