This Special Education minor is designed to prepare students for licensing to teach learners with disabilities (emphasis in Emotional Behavioral Disabilities, or Intellectual Disabilities or Specific Learning Disabilities) and is attached to a licensing program in Elementary Education and must be completed with an Elementary Education major. The minor is comprised of 27 credits; 15 credits in Special Education and 12 credits of Elementary Education.
Initial courses are cross categorical, but special education courses transition from cross categorical when the student selects an area of emphasis in ED 313 . Three areas are available: (A) Emotional/ Behavioral Disabilities, (B) Intellectual Disabilities, or (C) Specific Learning Disabilities
The Special Education minor may be declared in the sophomore year (at the same time the student declares the Elementary Education major). Students may take courses starting the second semester of sophomore year. Courses in the minor are taken in sequence based on prerequisites and passing through Edgewood College Transition STEPS.
Each student in the minor will be required to select a concentration area after taking ED 306 - Exceptional Children and Youth . If the student is not ready to select, the student must have the selection made at the first quarter-point of ED 313 . Once the emphasis area is selected, a student may register for ED 314 - Indiv. Educ. Assess and Analysis .
To attain the Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence: Regular Education (MC-EA: RE) (ages 6-13) and the minor Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence Special Education licenses (MC-EA: SE) (Cross Categorical 801; and Emotional Behavioral (830) or Intellectual (810) or Specific Learning Disability (811)) students must progress satisfactorily through the five transition steps. In addition, candidates for this license should have the following:
- CORE Test (or a minimum score of 23 on the ACT)
- WI Reading Foundation Exam, with passing score of 240 or above
- GPA of 3.0 in the major and minor field of study
- Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) passing score 38 or above