Special Education, Specific Learning Disabilities and Intellectual Disabilities, Comprehensive Major

(Code 950-011)

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
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.

Applicability of Credits Toward Graduation

Junior College or Two-Year College Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in a junior college or two-year college will be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire.

Extension Credits. Credits earned in credit outreach courses offered by UW-Eau Claire are treated as resident credits. Credits earned in extension courses offered by other units of the University of Wisconsin System are treated as transfer credits. All other (non-UW) extension and correspondence credits are normally limited to one-fourth of the total required for graduation from any curriculum.

WTCS Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in college parallel programs at Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, or Chippewa Valley Technical College may be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire. A set number of general education courses will be accepted from other technical schools. Occupational and technical courses may also be considered for transfer if the quality and content of the course work from the technical college is judged to be comparable to course work at UW-Eau Claire. Refer to the Transfer Credit Wizard or contact the UW-Eau Claire Admissions Office for information about the current transfer policy.

USAFI Credit. UW-Eau Claire will accept up to 32 semester credits for work done through the United States Armed Forces Institute, under the provision for non-UW correspondence credit (see Extension Credits above).

Activity Credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184 courses) Students may count toward graduation no more than one credit of KINS 110-184 courses. Students may count toward graduation no more than four credits earned in any single activity course and no more than 12 credits resulting from any combination of activity courses (excluding KINS 110-184 courses). 

Other Restricted Credits. For other University restrictions, see the following: Cooperative Education; Credit by Examination; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Registration; Transfer of Credits. College or departmental restrictions may also be placed on Independent Study (399-499 courses), Directed Study (395-495), and other types of credits.

Total degree creditmaximum 12
Major, Standardmaximum 1 course
Major, Comprehensivemaximum 2 courses
Credit by Examination
Total degree creditmaximum ¼ of total
Major or minormaximum ½ of total
Two-Year College Credits
Total degree creditmaximum 72 credits
Activity credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184)
Total KINS 100-184maximum 1 credit
Total Band, chorus, dramamaximum 12 credits
Single course band, chorus, dramamaximum 4 credits
Extension credits
UW-Systemno maximum
Other extension/correspondencemaximum ¼ of total
USAFImaximum 32 credits

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:

K2 (Social Sciences)
PSYC 260Educational Psychology3
AND another learning experience
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
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

Criteria for Admission

Formal application to the professional education program must be made by October 1 for spring admission or March 1 for fall admission. In order to submit an application to an Education Program, students must satisfy all of the requirements listed below:

  1. Approval by the appropriate department in the College of Education and Human Sciences. See Education Studies and Special Education sections of this catalog for criteria to be considered in making these recommendations.
  2. Pre-education status.
  3. Students must have attained at least Sophomore Status
  4. Minimum total GPA of 2.5.  Admission is competitive; thus the minimum GPA does not assure admission to a professional program in education.
  5. Met the University Writing Requirement (complete Writing 114, 116, 118, or 120 or the equivalent earning a C or better)
  6. Met the University Mathematics requirements (complete one college-level math course earning C or better)
  7. Good academic standing.
  8. Complete an introductory education course with a field placement (e.g. SPED 205ES 203, ES 212 or the equivalent) with a grade of B- or better

Application Procedure

Formal application to the professional program must be made. The number of students admitted to a program is limited by resources available. Not everyone who applies can be guaranteed admission. See the appropriate section of this catalog for criteria upon which the departmental recommendation will be based. Note that minimum criteria for a department may exceed the minimum criteria listed above.

Students who do not meet all the criteria listed above or who do not receive a favorable departmental recommendation may reapply during a later application period.

Special or Transfer Students

Special students and transfer students who desire to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education and Human Sciences should inform the Admissions Office upon application for admission to the University. They should indicate their area of interest. These students are expected to have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Retention in Professional Education Programs

Students who are in good standing in the University, but are having difficulty meeting the College of Education and Human Sciences criteria for professional education programs are strongly advised to seek the counsel of their advisor and/or the Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences regarding their continuation in the program. A student may continue in the program while in good standing or after receiving an Academic Warning. (See Academic Standing and Progress.) However, if placed on probation or if readmitted after a first suspension, the student may continue in the program only upon recommendation of the department concerned (Education Studies or Special Education). After a second suspension, the student may not continue in the professional education program.

Major Requirements

(Code 950-011)

This program is designed for the student who wants teacher licensure in Specific Learning Disabilities and Intellectual Disabilities: Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence and Early Adolescence through Adolescence.

Requirements for Licensure:
CSD 311Language Development and Disorders: Related Disciplines3
CSD 419Assistive Technology and Augmentative and Alternative Communication2
ES 286Technology & Special Education1
ES 301General Education Literacy Instruction PK-83
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations3
LMED 305Children's Literature3
MATH 201Number and Operations I2
MATH 202Number and Operations II2
MATH 303Probability and Statistics in Grades 1-82
MATH 304Geometry in Grades 1-82
SPED 200Introduction to Diverse Learners3
SPED 205School and Community Experience in Special Education3
SPED 210Introduction to Intellectual Disabilities3
SPED 301Observation and Participation with Students without Disabilities in Educational Programs3
SPED 306Behavior Management3
SPED 330Introduction to Specific Learning Disabilities3
SPED 331Special Education Procedures and General Methods2
SPED 401Assessment of Students with Disabilities3
SPED 402Collaboration and Consultation2
SPED 404Pre-Student Teaching Experience with Individuals with Mild Disabilities3
SPED 416Career Education and Transition2
SPED 417Curriculum and Methods for Students with Moderate or Severe Disabilities3
SPED 431Reading/Writing Remediation, Assessment, and Diagnosis for Students with Mild Disabilities3
SPED 434Secondary Methods for Students with Mild Disabilities2
SPED 436Mathematics Methods for Students with Mild Disabilities2
AND 12 credits of Student Teaching
Student Teaching in Special Education (SLD)
Student Teaching in Special Education (ID)
Internship Teaching
SPED 476Professional Practices in Special Education2

 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 a B- or above in student teaching courses in order to be recommended for licensure.