Early Childhood Special Education

Early Childhood teacher with a group of small childrenTeachers who have earned the Early Childhood Certification (Wisconsin #70) can expand their job opportunities by earning the Early Childhood Special Education Certification. This add-on certification will allow them to teach students with disabilities – learning, cognitive, emotional and behavioral – as well as children with Autism.

Special Education is founded on the philosophy of advocating for persons with exceptionalities and their families, and of teaching to their individual differences and abilities. Special education teachers work to ensure that all students, regardless of abilities, learn to the maximum extent possible.

Program Highlights

  • Coursework meets certification requirements to teach special education, birth through age eight, in the state of Wisconsin.
  • Courses are delivered during the academic year, with student teaching during the Fall or Spring terms
  • Clinical experiences may be completed in your area school district
  • Courses may be completed for undergraduate or graduate credit
  • Credits can be applied toward an MS Education degree
Required Courses                    

SPED 305/505 Early Childhood Inclusion of Students with Exceptional Needs 3 crs
SPED 310/510 Methods, Materials and Curriculum for the Exceptional Child 3 crs
SPED 336/536 Pre-Student Teaching 2 crs
SPED 315/515 Early Childhood Special Education Organization and Implementation 3 crs
SPED 320/520 Early Childhood Special Education Assessment 3 crs
STUDENT TEACHING As approved by the Program Coordinator 8 crs

Application and Admission
Individuals interested in completing the Early Childhood Special Education Certification must complete a formal application process prior to initiating coursework. The application process includes the following:
  • Complete the application form.
  • Submit a copy of your Early Childhood Certification (Wisconsin #70) or equivalent if out of state
  • Achieve a passing score on the Praxis I and II Elementary Knowledge Content Test (ETS# 10014) – more information can be found at www.ets.org.
  • Have a satisfactory and recent background check (not necessary if currently teaching)

After application materials are received and reviewed, eligible candidates will receive a letter of admission allowing them to enroll in courses.
Individuals wishing to complete this certification as part of the MS Education program, should contact Renee Chandler, Ed.D. at chandler@uwstout.edu; and submit an application to the Graduate School.

Program Coordinator

For more information on the program, contact:

Ruth Nyland, Ed.D.
UW-Stout School of Education
Phone: 715.232.1310
Email: nylandr@uwstout.edu


Credit Outreach
221 10th Avenue E
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715.232.2693
Email: conted@uwstout.edu