Making sure every student gets a chance

Can you remember someone in your life who made a profound impact on you? Maybe when you needed it most? This program will give you everything you need to advance your career in this high-demand and highly rewarding field. We’ll teach you to identify characteristics of children with disabilities, assess their individual needs, serve on an IEP team, and design intervention strategy. But truth is, there’s only so much we can teach you in this program, because you’ll learn so much more from the students you’ll help after you graduate.

Cost Per Credit$614
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Postsecondary Educator
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Program Overview

One great teacher can make a difference in the education of an extraordinary child. This program will ready you to make such a difference. You’ll learn relevant teaching strategies to implement in your classroom, as well as how to incorporate new technologies that enhance instruction. You’ll gain the field experience required by the of Department of Public Instruction. But it’s important to note that if you wish to pursue a Cross-Categorical Special Education licensure (#1801) through the Wisconsin Department of Public instruction, you must complete a number of requisites, like practicum and portfolios. You’ll also have to take – and, of course, pass – the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Exam, for which you can find further information here.

Additionally, you’ll have to successfully pass the Praxis II exam MS: Content Knowledge #5146 or #0146. DPI requires all Cross-Categorical Special Education students to declare a concentration in one of the following: Intellectual Disabilities (ID), Learning Disabilities (LD), or Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (EBD) (students who desire licensure in another state must contact their state Department of Public Instruction). Submit your transcripts to the Program Director for review and specific curriculum requirements.

Academic Community Partnership

Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Education has a reputation for helping public, private, charter, and other school systems meet the needs of their students in the most comprehensive way possible. This is not only an exclusive partnership; we simply believe in providing opportunities to increase teacher capacity, improve leadership development, and impact student success.

Benefits of the Academic Community Partnership include:

  • Partner with a local university that has an excellent academic and ethical reputation
  • We come to you – meet with our team to customize a program or professional development that fits each districts’ unique needs
  • Meet educational objectives and enhance faculty expertise with highly respected, fully accredited programs in a wide range of graduate degrees, licensure programs, and technology options
  • Face-to-face cohorts or diverse online programs to meet your busy schedule. We provide expert instructors and consultants and draw on research-based practices through our rigorous accredited programs
  • Professional development connected to university credit
  • Receive $450 per eligible graduate course or $150 per eligible adult accelerated course
What to Expect

Not only can you expect to learn how to be a great teacher, you’ll also learn relevant teaching strategies to implement in your classroom. You’ll learn new technologies that enhance instruction and complete a practicum in your area of licensure, all while gaining the field experience required by the Department of Public Instruction.


In addition to our main and online campuses, Concordia has center locations which offer accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs close to where you live and work. The Master of Science in Education - Special Education - Cross Categorical or Early Childhood Licensures (DPI #1801 & DPI #1809) program is available at the following:

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