Special Education Information

Students earn a degree in a certifiable major while preparing for educator licensure in UW-Parkside's Educator Preparation Program. A major in an academic content area, combined with a professional license, provides new educators with a depth and breadth of content knowledge and a wide-range of pedagogical skills. As a result, they are better equipped to create powerful teaching and learning experiences in diverse classrooms using 21st century skills.

The Educator Preparation licensure programs are approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). These programs meet the requirements of Wisconsin's PI34 rules for Teacher Education Program Approval and Licenses.   

Elementary Special Education, Cross-Categorical
Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA)

Special Education major for teaching grades 1-8. Students will select one of the following concentrations: 

  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Emotional and/or Behavioral Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disabilities

Secondary Special Education, Cross-Categorical
Early Adolescence-Adolescence (EA-A)

Special Education major for teaching grades 6-12. Students will select one of the following concentrations: 

  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Emotional and/or Behavioral Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disabilities

Students who plan to complete teacher education requirements for licensure must be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program. Admission to the program is required for students to enroll in EDU 300-level courses or above. It is strongly advised that students work closely with the IPED advisor, Mary Jo Gdovin (gdovin@uwp.edu), during the open enrollment application process and follow the directions for admission closely.

The following are the minimum requirements for the program and must be met to complete the application for admission process.

  • Admission to UW-Parkside
  • Documented Completion of University Skills Requirements (English 101 and Math 102/111 required; C or better in these classes required)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.75 cumulative GPA, including all higher education coursework; requires official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. Teacher candidates must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA after admittance.
  • Communication Skills Requirement (One of the following):
    • Praxis CORE - Passing scores in reading (156), writing (162), and math (150). When registering for the test, indicate UW-Parkside as a score recipient (1860).
    • ACT - Composite score of 23 with minimum score of 20 on English, Math, and Reading, and the score is within the previous 10 years.
    • SAT - minimum score of 510 on Critical Reading, 480 on Writing, and 520 on Math AND the score is within the previous 10 years.
    • GRE Revised General Test - minimum score of 450 on Verbal Reasoning, 3 on Analytical Writing, and 540 on Quantitative Reasoning (prior to August 1, 2011) or a minimum score of 150 on Verbal Reasoning, 3 on Analytical Writing, and 145 on Quantitative Reasoning (after August 1, 2011) AND the score is within the previous 10 years.
    • Alternative Option - Grade of C+ or better in both ENGL 101 and MATH 102 or MATH 111 AND the grades are within the previous 10 years
  • For secondary applicants: successful completion (grade of C+ or better) or current enrollment in EDU 100, EDU 200, and EDU 211 at the time of application.

Note: A student's application for admission to the Program is considered by the Program when the requirements listed above are complete. A student's qualifications for continuance in the Educator Preparation Program is subject to review and change by the Educator Preparation Leadership Team at any time while the student is enrolled. Students should check with their advisor for any additional program specific requirements as they can change without notice due to statute and law change.

DATES OF OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR ADMISSION
Spring application period: May 15 - May 30
Summer application period: August 15 - August 30
Fall application period: December 15 - December 30

Check out our IPED Advising FAQs for common questions and answers about our clinical program and the college experience!

Educator preparation advising is a collaborative process. The advisor and student work as a team to develop a successful advisor/advisee relationship. Both the advisor and the student have important responsibilities in developing and maintaining this teamwork.  The educator preparation advisor is responsible for meeting with the student as soon as possible. The advisor will determine what other team members should be assigned to the advising team based on the teacher candidates’ chosen major and/or pathway.  All admitted UW‐Parkside teacher candidates, in good standing, can indicate their intent to enter the educator preparation program by declaring their plan with the educator preparation program advisor in IPED by filling out a plan declaration form. Advising each semester is mandatory in this program.

IMPORTANT: All students must meet with the Educator Preparation Advisor for curricular and program requirement.  Advising from anyone but the Educator Preparation advisor will not be deemed official for the EDU program.  Rules and regulations for the EDU program change often by the State of Wisconsin and any other source of advising cannot be guaranteed to be correct.

STUDENT TESTING AND ASSESSMENT
Communication Skills

Students applying for admission to the Institute of Professional Educator Development must satisfy the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requirement for Communication Skills as defined in PI 34.01 (9) by meeting one of the following requirements:

1. Praxis Core - The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators must be taken and all three sections (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) must be passed prior to applying for admission to the program. It is recommended that students register for the exam at least two months ahead of the desired test date. IPED must have an Official Score Report in order to process applications for admission; without an Official Score Report, your application for admission will be returned to you and you will have to wait to apply until the next open enrollment period.


The Praxis Core is only delivered by computer. Computer based tests are offered almost every month during a two-week period. Score reports take approximately four weeks to arrive (keep this in mind when scheduling your test and your anticipated date for application for admission to the program).


The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has set the pass rate scores for the Praxis Core as follows:

  • Core Reading (5712) Passing Score: 156
  • Core Writing (5722) Passing Score: 162
  • Core Math (5732) Passing Score: 150

When registering for Praxis Core, use the UW-Parkside four digit code of 1860 to ensure a timely delivery of the Official Score Report to IPED. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the program has a copy of the test results. Please note it is the student's responsibility to keep their copy of the original score report; the program will not archive score reports.


NOTE: The Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators assessment is NOT the same as the Praxis I exam. Praxis I is no longer accepted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction after August 31, 2014.  

 

2. ACT - Teacher candidates applying for admission may use their ACT test scores if they received a composite score of 23 with a minimum score of 20 on English, Math and Reading AND the score is within the previous 10 years.
 

3. SAT - Teacher candidates applying for admission may use their SAT test scores if they received a minimum score of 510 on Critical Reading, 480 on Writing, and 520 on Math AND the score is within the previous 10 years.
 

4. GRE Revised General Test - Teacher candidates applying for admission may use their GRE Revised General Test scores if they received a minimum score of 450 on Verbal Reasoning, 3 on Analytical Writing, and 540 on Quantitative Reasoning (prior to August 1, 2011) or a minimum score of 150 on Verbal Reasoning, 3 on Analytical Writing, and 145 on Quantitative Reasoning (after August 1, 2011) AND the score is within the previous 10 years.

 

5. Alternative Option - Successful completion of ENGL 101 and MATH 102 or MATH 111 with a grade of C+ or better. 

 

Content Test - Praxis Subject Assessments (formerly Praxis II)

The Praxis Subject Assessments must be passed in order to qualify for a Wisconsin initial educator license. The Praxis Subject Assessment required for your license must be taken and passed prior to progression to Residency. It is recommended that students register for the exam at least two months ahead of the desired test date. IPED must have an Official Score Report in order to process applications for Residency; without an Official Score Report, your application for Residency will be returned to you and you will have to wait to apply until the next semester.

When registering for Praxis Subject Assessments, use the UW-Parkside four digit code of 1860 to ensure a timely delivery of the Official Score Report to the Educator Development Program. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the program has a copy of the test results. Please note it is the students responsibility to keep their copy of the original score report; the program will not archive score reports.

Wisconsin uses the Praxis Subject Assessments for all licenses except world languages. The following are the test code, name and passing scores applicable to the individual license the student is seeking:

Wisconsin License Test Code Test Name Qualifying Score
Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA)
Regular Education 5146 Middle School: Content Knowledge 146
Cross-Categorical Special
Education (Any Emphasis)
5146 Middle School: Content Knowledge 146
Early Adolescence-Adolescence (EA-A)
Cross-Categorical Special
Education (Any Emphasis)
5146 Middle School: Content Knowledge 146
English Literature and Composition  5038 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 167
Mathematics  5161 Mathematics: Content Knowledge 160
Broad Field Science 5435 General Science: Content Knowledge 154
Biology 5435 General Science: Content Knowledge 154
Chemistry  5435 General Science: Content Knowledge 154
Earth & Space Science  5435 General Science: Content Knowledge 154
Physics 5435 General Science: Content Knowledge 154
Broad Field Social Studies  5081 Social Studies: Content Knowledge 153
Geography  5081 Social Studies: Content Knowledge 153
History  5081 Social Studies: Content Knowledge 153
Political Science  5081 Social Studies: Content Knowledge 153
Sociology  5081 Social Studies: Content Knowledge 153
Early Childhood-Adolescence (EC-A)
Music, General/Choral  5113 Music: Content Knowledge 150
Music, General/Instrumental 5113 Music: Content Knowledge 150
English as a Second Language 5362 English to Speakers of Other Languages 149
Early Childhood (EC)
Regular Education 5018 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge 157
Foundations of Reading Test

Candidates submitting an Initial Educator License application for the Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence level, Early Childhood level, and Special Education (all levels) are required to pass the Foundations of Reading Test, a test of reading instruction knowledge and skills administered by Pearson. The Foundations of Reading Test must be taken and passed prior to progression to Residency. This is a computer based test with 100 multiple choice questions and 2 written assignments. Testing will be available by appointment, Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays) at testing centers. The test results take approximately five weeks to be returned to you. Please keep in mind that IPED must have an Official Score Report in order to process applications for Residency; without an Official Score Report, your application for Residency will be returned to you and you will have to wait to apply until the next semester.

 

Practice test materials, registration information and policies to better understand the Foundations of Reading Test can be found at www.wi.nesinc.com.

 

We recommend that you complete the Foundations of Reading Test immediately after taking EDU 332.

edTPA

The edTPA is a subject area-specific, performance-based assessment for pre-service teacher candidates, which is centered on student learning. Evidence of a candidate's ability to teach is drawn from a subject-specific learning segment of 3-5 lessons from a unit of instruction taught to one class of students. The edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate's authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate's ability to effectively teach subject matter to all students.

Materials assessed as part of the edTPA process include video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning, and reflective commentaries. Submitted evidence will be taken together and scored by trained evaluators using the standardized set of edTPA rubrics. Candidates are required to complete and pass the edTPA before they can be endorsed for licensure.  

Mary Henderson
Program Assistant
hendersm@uwp.edu
(262) 595-2180

Mary Jo Gdovin
Academic Advisor
gdovin@uwp.edu
(262) 595-2094

Tracy Hribar
Clinical Program Coordinator 
hribar@uwp.edu
(262) 595-2100

Dana Ryan
Director of Advanced Professional Development
ryand@uwp.edu
(262) 595-2309

Highlights

PROGRAM CONTACT INFO

Mary Henderson | 262-595-2180 | hendersm@uwp.edu