Special Education, Unified Early Childhood, Comprehensive Major

(Code 950-098)

University Requirements

Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements 3
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the four learning goals of our liberal education core and the 11 learning outcomes they comprise. 

Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experiences
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

University Requirements in Teacher Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences

College Requirements for Teacher Education

All candidates for teacher education baccalaureate degrees must also meet the following:

  1. Liberal Education requirements in the College of Education and Human Sciences.
  2. Grade point requirements:
    Resident 2.75 average
    Total 2.75 average
    Major 2.75 average
    Minor (for ceritfication only) 2.75 average
  3. Residency requirements:
    Minimum Total 30 credits
    Senior Year 23 credits
    Major, in upper division courses 12 credits
    Comprehensive Major, in upper division courses 21 credits
  4. Criteria and requirements for Professional Programs and for Admission to the Professional Semester.
  5. Specific requirements of programs offered in the College of Education and Human Sciences. (See the departmental sections of this catalog.)

Special Education

SLD/MC-EA Regular Education follow Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence

Liberal Education Requirements are listed in the table below:

K1 (Natural Sciences)
At least one Biology course
AND at least one of Chemistry, Physics, Geography, or Geology course (one science lab required)
K2 (Social Sciences)
PSYC 260Educational Psychology3
AND another learning experience
K3 (Humanities)
One literature course
AND another learning experience
K4 (Fine Arts)
One fine arts course
S1 (Written and Oral Communication)
At least one writing course from the following:
Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing
Accelerated Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing for Transfer Students
AND at least one oral communication course from the following:
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Speech
Fundamentals of Human Communication
S2 (Mathematics)
MATH 303Probability and Statistics in Grades 1-8 (included in major)2
S3 (Creativity)
SPED 476Professional Practices in Special Education (included in major)2
R1 (Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity)
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations (included in major)3
AND another learning experience
R2 (Global Perspectives)
One learning experience
R3 (Civic and Environmental Issues)
SPED 200Introduction to Diverse Learners (included in major)3
I1 (Integration)
SPED 476Professional Practices in Special Education (included in major)2
AND another learning experience

Admission Requirements

Admission to Professional Education Programs

Major Requirements

This program is designed for the student who wants teacher licensure in Early Childhood: Special Education and Early Childhood: Regular Education (birth through Grade 3).

Requirements for Licensure:
CSD 257Normal Communication Development3
CSD 411Facilitating Communication in Preschool Children2
MATH 201Number and Operations I2
MATH 202Number and Operations II2
MATH 303Probability and Statistics in Grades 1-82
ES 286Technology & Special Education1
ES 301General Education Literacy Instruction PK-83
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations3
LMED 305Children's Literature3
SPED 200Introduction to Diverse Learners3
SPED 205School and Community Experience in Special Education3
SPED 301Observation and Participation with Students without Disabilities in Educational Programs3
SPED 306Behavior Management3
SPED 331Special Education Procedures and General Methods2
SPED 401Assessment of Students with Disabilities3
SPED 404Pre-Student Teaching Experience with Individuals with Mild Disabilities3
SPED 423Characteristics and Interventions for Young Children with Low Incidence Disabilities3
SPED 431Reading/Writing Remediation, Assessment, and Diagnosis for Students with Mild Disabilities3
SPED 472Student Teaching in Special Education3
SPED 476Professional Practices in Special Education2
UEC 220Introduction to Inclusive Early Childhood Education3
UEC 321Observation and Informal Assessment of Young Children2
UEC 322Inclusive Play and Sensory Exploration in Early Childhood Education3
UEC 324Language and Cultural Diversity in Inclusive Early Childhood Education3
UEC 325Inclusion and Collaboration in Early Childhood3
UEC 421Early Childhood Pre-Primary Methods3
UEC 422Pre-Primary Practicum1
UEC 424Inclusive Numeracy and Math: 0-83
UEC 425Integrated Curriculum and Inquiry3
UEC 426Infant and Toddler Intervention and Programming3
UEC 470Student Teaching in Early Childhood (ECSE)4
UEC 470Student Teaching in Early Childhood (Pre-pri)4
UEC 470Student Teaching in Early Childhood (primary)4

NOTE:  Current community first aid and CPR certification is required.

NOTE:  Birth-to-3 observation hours are required.

NOTE:  No degree credit may be earned under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option in required special education courses except SPED 205 and SPED 301.

NOTE: Students must earn a 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 2.75 GPA in the major in order to be eligible for teaching certification.

NOTE: Students must earn a grade of B- or above in all special education courses and earn a B- or above in student teaching in order to be recommended for licensure.