Stritch to offer Masters in Inclusive Education

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:25:00 PM

The Master of Arts in Teaching and Special Education programs have collaborated on the new Master of Arts in Inclusive Education, 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 is the only post-baccalaureate program of its kind offered in the state of Wisconsin. The program was recently approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

This program combines coursework in elementary/middle education and special education, which also leads to increased marketability for candidates. Wisconsin 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. Students who complete the certification portion of this program are eligible for DPI Regular Education and Cross-Categorical Special Education certifications at the Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (grades 1-8 level). Students can also continue on to earn an M.A. in Inclusive Education degree.

“Our program allows general education teachers more expertise to meet the special needs of students already in their classrooms,” said Dr. Kirstin Anglea, chair of the MAIE program. “We believe that all children are amazing, and it is our job to help them be the best person they can be.”