Special Education

The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers a graduate program that leads to the Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree in Special Education. The degree program also can lead to a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) certification as a special education teacher for two specialty areas: Learning Disabilities or Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities. DPI certification standards represent minimal requirements. Teacher education programs have the right to exceed minimal requirements. The faculty contact for this program is Dr. Rhoda Robinson, Assistant Professor of Education, McCaskill 115-A; (715) 394-8029; rrobinso@uwsuper.edu

Master of Science in Education - Special Education
The M.S.E. degree in Special Education was designed for students interested in receiving both a graduate degree in special education and certification to teach students with learning disabilities and/or emotional/behavioral disabilities. The degree is available to elementary, middle school, or secondary level regular education certified teachers, as well as persons certified in specialty areas such as physical education, art or music at the K-12 levels.

The degree is composed of core courses in special education, with specialization in one of the two specified fields: Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities. The degree program requires completion of a minimum of 35 semester credits of graduate work.

Admission Requirements

1. Admission into the Graduate Studies Program.

2. Evidence of certification as a regular education teacher at either the elementary, middle school, secondary or K-12 special field level.

3. Experience working with children in an educational setting.

Degree Requirements
1. Completion of the approved program in at least one of the two specialization areas: Learning Disabilities or Emotional/ Behavioral Disabilities.

2. Completion of an approved research component.

Core Courses
TED 688 The Exceptional Learner                                                     3 credits
TED 693 Classroom and Behavior Management Strategies                 3 credits
TED 697 Contemporary Issues in Special Education                           3 credits
TED 701 Introduction to Reading Difficulties                                       3 credits
TED 702 Practicum in Reading Difficulties K-12                                 3 credits
TED 711 Diagnostic and Remedial Mathematics                                  2 credits
TED 770 Special Education Instructional Practices: LD/EBD               4 credits

Areas Of Specialization

Learning Disabilities
TED 692 Introduction to Learning Disabilities                                             3 credits
TED 763 Assessment of Students with Learning Disabilities                         3 credits

Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities
TED 687 Introduction to Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities                         3 credits
TED 767 Assessment of Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities     3 credits

Capstone Components
The student must take a minimum of 15 credit hours of graduate work toward the M.S.E. Degree in Special Education before entering the Research Component capstone, and a minimum of 18 credit hours of graduate work toward the M.S.E. Degree in Special Education before entering the Practicum Experience capstone (which must include TED 770).

Practicum Experience

Learning Disabilities
TED 764 Practicum: Learning Disabilities (K-12)                                   3 credits

Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities
TED 768 Practicum: Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (K-12)                3 credits

Research Component:
TED 750 Research Foundations of Education                                        3 credits
EDAD 795 Applied Research in Educational Administration                  3 credits
TED 752 Educational Research Project                                                 2-3 credits