Expand your teaching career in special education to better serve students with disabilities

Select a graduate-level add-on special education license to develop knowledge, skills, and teaching strategies for students with a variety of disabilities. With four separate teacher licenses targeting specific disabilities, you select the one that best fits your abilities, passions, and interests. Enhance your expertise further by completing the master of science in education degree with a focus in special education.

Cost Per Credit$669

Get a license in Cross Categorical, Early Childhood, Vision Impairment, or deaf or hard of hearing.

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

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Program Overview

If you hold a Tier II or above Wisconsin DPI (Department of Public Instruction) teacher license, choose one of our four graduate-level special education pathways to learn practical skills to help students thrive in many different school environments. Upon program completion, you will be eligible to apply for the WI DPI add-on teacher license. Teachers from other states should contact the program director and their state department of education to investigate options for licensure and the master's degree.

You will learn to identify characteristics of children with disabilities, assess students, serve on an IEP team, and create learning environments that align with their physical, social, and emotional needs. 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.

Cross-Categorical Special Education

The cross-categorical add-on license (#2801) enables teachers to work with students with intellectual disabilities (ID), specific learning disabilities (SLD), and emotional behavioral disabilities (EBD) in grades K-12.  

Early Childhood Special Education

The early childhood add-on license (#1809) enables teachers to work with infants and young children from birth to age three with disabilities and/or developmental delays. 

Visual Impairment 

The visual impairment add-on license (#1825) enables teachers to work with students with vision disabilities such as low vision, CVI, blindness, and deafblindness among other disabilities in grades preK-12 as an itinerant or school-based teacher. 

deaf or hard of hearing

The deaf or hard of hearing add-on license (#1805) enables teachers to work with students with hearing disabilities such as hard of hearing, deafness, and deafblindness amng other disabilities in grades preK-12 as an itinerant or school-based teacher.


What to Expect

Curriculum is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to work as a special education teacher.  

  • Accelerated 8-week online sessions
  • Asynchronous (Complete on your own schedule within weekly deadlines.)
  • Individualized attention
  • Small class sizes
  • Collaborative work (Go through courses with classmates and an expert professor.)
  • Online discussions with peers and faculty
  • Digital portfolio (Demonstrate your competence in the teaching standards.)
  • Practicum (Complete student teaching of several weeks. It may be possible to do in your classroom or school.)
  • Visual impairment and deaf or hard of hearing license programs require a face-to-face summer residency in Mequon, Wisconsin for one week.
  • Rolling admissions (Applications are taken at any time and you can start at the beginning of the next 8-week session.)
Passing the Praxis II (MS Content Knowledge) and the WI Foundations of Reading Test (FORT) may be required for some graduate students. Individuals who keep a 3.0 GPA in each course do not have to take the Praxis II. Teachers with a lifetime license do not have to take the WI FORT.


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