Major and Minor Programs (Undergraduates)

Undergraduates may choose either a Dual Licensure Early Childhood Program or the Cross Categorical Program with an emphasis in either Cognitive Disabilities or Emotional Behavioral Disabilities / Learning Disabilities.


Bachelor of Science in Education: Special Education

The Cross Categorical 1-12 Special Education Teacher Preparation Program (undergraduate level) is a program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. The program includes three semesters of coursework and fieldwork prior to one semester supervised student teaching experience in an approved special education setting with a certified special education teacher. The program is competency based and organized around national (Council for Exceptional Children/CEC) and Wisconsin teacher certification standards.  The program is designed to prepare special education teachers to teach students with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disabilities.

Although the candidate earns a Cross Categorical BSE, there are two emphases that students can select: Cross Categorical with Intellectual Disabilities Emphasis (CC: ID) or Cross Categorical with Emotional Behavioral Disabilities/Learning Disabilities Emphasis (CC: EBD/LD). To teach grades 1-12, teacher candidates earn the Wisconsin Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence and Early Adolescence to Adolescence certificates in each area of certification.

Bachelor of Science in Education: Early Childhood Education (Dual Licensure)

Undergraduate students interested in Early Childhood Special Education should refer to the Early Childhood Education Major (ECE). The ECE major prepares educators to work with children with and without disabilities from birth through age 8.


The Adaptive (859) Licensure minor is for students seeking teacher education. The Special Education Non-licensure minor is designed for students with majors outside of education (psychology, social work, business, etc.)