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Requirements for Special Education and Elementary Education Dual Major: Middle Childhood–Early Adolescence

Liberal Studies and General Education

Students must complete the Liberal Studies and General Education requirements for the degree program.

Environmental Education Requirement

Environmental Education students complete an Environmental Education course to meet Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction regulations. Complete one course from the approved list. If appropriate, this course may also be applied toward the liberal studies requirements.

RP&SE 300 Individuals with Disabilities, 3 credits

This course must be completed prior to beginning the professional sequence.

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, 9 credits

Complete all three courses. Students with college-level calculus coursework or advanced placement credit should see the exemption rules for this coursework. More detailed information about these courses is available on the math department website. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement before program admission.

  • Math 130 Mathematics for Teaching: Numbers and Operations, 3. (Also meets General Education Quantitative Reasoning Part A)
  • Math 131 Mathematics for Teaching: Geometry and Measurement, 3
  • Math 132 Problem Solving in Algebra, Probability, and Statistics, 3. (Also meets General Education Quantitative Reasoning Part B)

Development, 3 credits

Select one:

  • Ed Psych 331 Human Development from Childhood through Adolescence, 3, or
  • Ed Psych 320 Human Development in Infancy and Childhood, 2–3, and Ed Psych 321 Human Development in Adolescence, 2–3.

(With permission, Psych 560 Child Psychology may be substituted for Ed Psych 320) Students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement before program admission.

Learning, 3 credits

Ed Psych 301 Human Abilities and Learning, 3. Students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement before program admission.

Foundations of the Profession, 3 credits

Select one course:

  • Ed Pol 300 School and Society, 3
  • Ed Pol 412 History of American Education (cross-listed as History 412), 3
  • Ed Pol 500 Social Issues in Education, 3 (if taken Fall 2014 or before).

Students are strongly encouraged to complete this requirement before program admission.

Professional Sequence

Admitted students complete a four-semester sequence of professional courses beginning in the fall semester after program admission. Completion of the program leads to certification in Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence in both Elementary Education and Special Education. Sequence courses must be followed sequentially and taken in consecutive semesters. Class schedules for the professional sequence are determined in advance.

Note: RP&SE 300 Individuals with Disabilities must be completed prior to beginning the professional sequence.

First Semester of the Sequence, 13 credits

Curric 364 Introduction to Teaching, 3
Curric 368 The Teaching of Reading, 2
Curric 369 The Teaching of Language Arts (with Children’s Literature infused), 2 (Together with 368, also meets General Education Communication Part B)
Curric 367 Practicum (Literacy), 3
RP&SE 466 Diversity in Special Education, 3

Second Semester of the Sequence, 14 credits

RP&SE 473 Management: Students with Learning and Behavioral Disabilities, 3
RP&SE 465 Language and Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities, 4
RP&SE 475 Special Education Practicum: Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence (Inclusive Classroom), 3
Curric/RP&SE 506 Strategies for Inclusive Schooling, 3
RP&SE 401 Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities, 1

Third Semester of the Sequence, 17 credits

RP&SE 464 Diagnosis, Assessment and Instructional Planning in Special Education, 4
Curric 372 Teaching Science, 3
Curric/ RP&SE 365 Teaching Mathematics in Inclusive Settings, 4
Curric 371 Teaching Social Studies, 3
Curric 373 Practicum (Math and Science), 3

Fourth Semester of the Sequence, 17 credits

RP&SE 477 Special Education Student Teaching: Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence, 7
Curric 464 Student Teaching in the Elementary School, 7
Student Teaching Seminars, 2 (Elementary and Special Education)
RP&SE 402 Methods in Teaching Functional Skills, 1 (five-week course, probably taught online)

Additional Information about Student Teaching Experiences
  • Prior to student teaching students must pass the Praxis II content exam. All prior sequence coursework must be completed before starting the fourth semester.
  • Option 1: Students will be placed in a general education classroom for 10 weeks, followed by 10 weeks with a special education teacher who is supporting multiple classrooms within the same school. Ideally, students will be paired in these classrooms and will switch locations after the completion of the tenth week.
  • Option 2: Students will be placed for 20 weeks with a collaborative team comprised of a special educator and general educator who work in the same classroom.