MA Inclusive Education

 The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Inclusive Education program leads to certification in regular education and cross categorical special education. 


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The Master of Arts in Inclusive Education is built upon initial and extended certification tracks. The initial certification track is dedicated to candidates without a previous teaching license who want to teach children with a wide variety of educational needs. This track leads to certification in both regular education and cross-categorical special education at middle childhood-early adolescence level.

The extended certification track is designed for licensed, regular education teachers who would like to become certified in special education. This track leads to certification in cross-categorical special education at the middle childhood-early adolescence level. In this track, students can also continue to earn the M.A. in Inclusive Education. All credits taken for certification count toward the master’s degree.

The student teaching requirements for both tracks can be accomplished in one semester, resulting in earlier program completion. This is the only post-baccalaureate program of its kind offered in the state of Wisconsin.


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Program Format

In the initial certification track, courses are offered in the evening in a year-round format and utilize a cohort model. Students complete coursework and student teach for both licenses in approximately two years. Classes meet face-to-face and in a blended, online format once per week. Also required of students are 25 hours of field experience in PreK-12 regular and special education classrooms, in schools within the area district, during regular school hours. Teachers of record will complete field experience hours in their own classroom.

In the extended certification track, additional hours of field experience are required for the special education add-on license.

The master’s degree completion requires an additional eight credits after certification.

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

Courses Are Available

  • Hybrid/Blended

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition.

Application Requirements

  • Complete an admissions application, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Professional credential and competency
  • For full acceptance, passing scores in all three sections of the Praxis Core (a passing score within the past 10 years on the ACT, SAT or GRE can be accepted in place of the Praxis Core). Students not meeting passing score admissions requirements may be eligible for conditional admittance. Licensed teachers are exempt from the testing requirement.
  • A valid Wisconsin teaching license is required for the Extended Certification track only
  • Official transcripts from any institution where college-level work was completed
  • (If your prior education was not conducted in English) Passing scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program
  • Two attitude and disposition questionnaires
  • A personal essay

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