The University of Wisconsin-Superior offers a graduate program that leads to the Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) in Special Education. The degree program can also lead to certification for licensure as a special education teacher by the Wisconsin Department of Public Education (DPI). Since the program must meet current DPI standards, program requirements are subject to change. The faculty contact person for this program is Dr. Rhoda Robinson, Associate Professor of Education, McCaskill 115-A; (715) 394-8029; firstname.lastname@example.org
Master of Science in Education–Special Education
The M.S.E.-Special Education degree program is designed for licensed teachers who wish to pursue graduate work in the field of special education. The program is appropriate for elementary, secondary or K-12 teachers and 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. A minimum of 500 hours of working in an educational setting with children who have special needs must be completed before the action research project is undertaken.
The M.S.E.-Special Education degree is designed for practicing teachers 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 who work collaboratively with special education teachers.
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.
For all prospective M.S.E.-Special Education students:
1. admission to the Graduate Studies program
2. evidence of current teacher certification
3. experience working with children in an educational setting
4. criminal background check
Core Courses Component:
TED 688 The Exceptional Learner 3 credits
TED 797 Contemporary Issues in Special Education 3 credits
TED 683 Introduction to Cross-Categorical Special Education I 3 credits
TED 684 Introduction to Cross-Categorical Special Education II 3 credits
TED 693 Behavior Analysis and Intervention 3 credits
TED 681 Seminars in Special Education 1-2 credits
(Seminars in Special Education are offered each fall and spring semester. Each seminar may be taken for .5 credit) These seminars focus on new and emerging research, issues and technologies.)
Methods Courses Component:
TED 695 Methods of Adaptive Instruction 3 credits
TED 701 Introduction to Reading Difficulties 3 credits
TED 711 Mathematics Assessment and Strategies 2 credits
Research Courses Component:
TED 750 Research Foundations in Education 3 credits
TED 752 Educational Research Project 1-3 credits
Certification Courses Component:
TED 766 Assessing Learners with Special Needs 3 credits
TED 772 Field Work in Best Practices in Special Education 1-3 credits
TED 702 Practicum in Reading Difficulties K-12 3 credits
Completion of a minimum of three credits in one or more of the following practica including a minimum of 200 hours of teaching experience under the supervision of an on-site special educator licensed in the chosen area of concentration or specialization.
TED 775 Practicum: Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence 1-3 credits
TED 776 Practicum: Early Adolescence through Adolescence 1-3 credits
Students seeking only the M.S.E.-Special Education degree must complete a minimum of 30 credits from the courses in the Core, Methods and Research Components. Students seeking the M.S.E.-Special Education degree with Certification for Licensure must complete a minimum of 28 credits in the Core, Methods and Research Components and a minimum of 10 credits in the Certification Component.
Certification Programs for Special Education Licensure
The University of Wisconsin-Superior special education program offers courses approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for certification for licensure as a special education teacher. The program leads to certification for licensure in one or more of the following areas:
1. Cross-categorical special education with a concentration in one of the following
a. Cognitive disabilities
b. Emotional disturbance
c. Learning disabilities
2. Categorical special education in the area of learning disabilities
3. Categorical special education in the area of cognitive disabilities
4. Categorical special education in the area of emotional/behavioral disabilities
These certifications are available for working with students in middle childhood through early adolescence (ages 6-13) and for working with students in early adolescence through adolescence (ages 10-21).
Students seeking certification for cross-categorical licensure will be prepared to work with any or all students with high incidence disabilities (cognitive, learning, emotional/behavioral) in inclusive settings and in resource rooms. Although prepared to work with all three disability areas, students will concentrate on one particular disability area while completing their fieldwork, research and practicum.
Students seeking certification for categorical licensure will concentrate their fieldwork, practicum and research on the chosen area of disability.