Ensuring every student gets a great education

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 strategies.

Credits16-31
Cost Per Credit$614
Careers
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Postsecondary Educator
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Program Overview

This program has 3 tracks to choose from:

1. Cross-Categorical Special Education - Wisconsin DPI 2801

This program enables teachers to work with students with the following disabilities:

  • Intellectual Disabilities (ID)
  • Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (EBD)

This program not only prepares you through curriculum, but also requires a practicum and portfolio at program completion.

2. Early Childhood Special Education - Wisconsin DPI 1809

This program enables teachers to work with children:

  • Birth - Age 8
  • Learning in their most developmental years

This program not only prepares you through curriculum, but also requires a practicum and portfolios throughout the program.

3. Visual Impairment - Wisconsin DPI 1825

This program enables teachers to work with students who are:

  • Blind 
  • Low vision

Teachers in this program learn how to teach Braille and orientation and mobility skills. This program requires a summer residency, practicum, and portfolio. 

This is Wisconsin's only Visual Impairment licensure program. Read more about the program launch HERE.

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 skills 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, 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), for which you can find further information here. (Students with a lifetime license do not have to take the FORT.)

Students who desire licensure outside of Wisconsin must contact their state department of education. Submit your transcripts to the program director for review and specific curriculum requirements.

Locations

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 - Wisconsin Licensures DPI #2801, DPI #1809, & DPI #1825 program is available at the following:

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