MA Inclusive Education

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Inclusive Education (initial certification) program is a post-baccalaureate program for candidates without a previous teaching license who want to become prepared to teach children with a wide variety of educational needs.


This program combines coursework in regular education and special education, which also leads to increased marketability for candidates. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requirements for licensure and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) standards are the foundations of the program. Upon program completion, candidates are able to work as either a regular classroom teacher or as a special education teacher.

A unique feature of this program is that the student teaching requirements for both certification areas can be accomplished in one semester, resulting in earlier program completion and program cost savings. This is the only post-baccalaureate program of its kind offered in the state of Wisconsin. Students who complete the certification portion of this program will be eligible for the following DPI license combination:

  • Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Regular Education (#72-777) and Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Cross Categorical Special Education (#72-801)

Students can also continue on to earn the M.A. in Inclusive Education degree. All credits taken for certification count towards the master's degree.