Cross Categorical Special Education Program (M)

Your studies in special education at CUW include a solid liberal arts foundation, a Christian emphasis, specialized coursework and ample field experiences working alongside children with disabilities.

The certification in Cross Categorical Special Education (Grades 4K-12) allows you to apply for a teaching license with the Wisconsin department of public instruction. You will be well prepared to teach students with disabilities from Kindergarten through High School. CUW’s special education department also sponsors organizations like Best Buddies to promote a greater understanding of disabilities throughout our campus community. In whatever discipline you decide, you’ll start with an open heart and mind, and leave more prepared than ever to enrich the lives of children with disabilities in any school setting.

Program Learning Outcomes

1. Learner Development: The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences (Human Relations, Pedagogical Knowledge) 

2. Learning Differences : The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards. (Human Relations, Pedagogical Knowledge) 

3. Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. (Teaching Practice, Human Relations)

4. Content Knowledge: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content. (Content Knowledge)

5. Application of Content:  The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

6. Assessment Strategies: The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making. (Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge)

7. Planning for Instruction: The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context. (Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge)

8. Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. (Pedagogical Knowledge, Communication Skills, Teaching Practice)

9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

10. Leadership and Collaboration: The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

11.  Character/Faith Development: All teachers model a value system which emphasizes moral and ethical character. Teachers in Christian schools integrate faith and learning while modeling Christian mission and service with a biblical worldview. Lutheran teachers adhere to the doctrine and practice of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. (Human Relations, Professional Dispositions, Content Knowledge)


Core Requirements 148-51
Major Requirements74-81
Minor or Concentration: Optional
Total Hours122-132

For transfer students, please see the Advanced Transfer Core.

Core Curriculum - 48-51 Credits

Concordia Common Core - 18-21 Credits

Theology - Public Education
REL 100The Bible3
REL 110Christian Faith3
Theology - Lutheran (LTD) & Christian (CTC)
REL 201Old Testament3
REL 203New Testament3
REL 204Biblical Theology3
CCE 110Western Culture & Worldview3
CCE 120Western Thought & Worldview3
CCE 130Christian Citizen3
CCE 140Science & Humanity3
Liberal Arts Dimensions - 30 Credits
ENG 104Introduction to Writing3
Communication and Language Elective3
Faith and Life Elective: Any course with REL prefix other than REL 100, 110, 201, 203, 204 3
ED 1102Foundations of Education3
HHP 100Stewardship of the Body1
HHP Activity Course 1
Human Creativity and Expression: Art, Music, Theater, Literature or Graphic Design activity course3
MATH 119Number Sense: Teaching Pre K-93
MATH 120Data & Space: Teaching Pre K-93
SCI 110Introduction to Life and Physical Sciences (or Life Science or Physical Science with at least one lab)4
ED 1103Human Relations for Teachers (register with ED 1212)3
Note: Two CUW - approved writing intensive courses are required for graduation. 0-6

Cross Categorical Special Education Curriculum 

Cross Categorical Special Education Curriculum
Theoretical Component
ED 1230Nature of the Exceptional Child (register with ED 1213)3
ED 1275Human Learning (register with ED 1211)3
ED 4411The Profession and Ethics of Teaching 23
Experiential and Seminar Component (pass/fail)
ED 1000Orientation Seminar0
ED 2000UDS Seminar0
ED 3000Student Teaching Seminar0
ED 1211Discovery Clinical (register with ED 1275)0
ED 1212Cultural Clinical (register with ED 1103)0
ED 1213Special Education Clinical (register with ED 1230)0
Practical Component: Regular Education
ED 2204The Art & Science of Teaching Reading3
ED 3401Instruction & Assessment of Reading 23
ED 2432Teaching Writing: Grades 4-123
or ED 2358 Emergent Writing: Birth to Grade 3
"THE BLOCK" - Take these courses during the same semester.14
ED 4301Data Driven Analysis of Classroom Practice 22
ED 4303Language Arts Methods 23
ED 4304Curriculum and Methods in Mathematics 23
ED 4305Curriculum & Methods in Science & Environment 23
ED 4306Curriculum and Methods in Social Studies 23
Practical Component: Special Education
ED 2327Collaborating with Families and Professionals in a Diverse Society3
ED 2484Educational and Behavioral Management in Special Education3
ED 3328Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities 23
ED 3438Transition and Collaboration for Adolescents with Disabilities 23
ED 3452Strategies for Teaching Exceptional Youth 23
ED 3455Legal Issues in Special Education 23
ED 3457Curricular Adaptations for Learners with Disabilities 23
ED 4454Curriculum, Methods, & Practicum for CCSE/ECSE 24
ED 4479Assessment Strategies for Diverse Learners 23
ED 4487Implementation Strategies in Special Education 22
Student Teaching Component (Take these courses in the same semester)
ED 4444CCSE Student Teaching 1 26
ED 4447CCSE Student Teaching 2 26
ED 4449Portfolio Completion - Special Education 21
Lutheran (LCMS Members) Education Requirements
ED 2306Teaching the Faith3
REL 404Lutheran Confessions3
Christian Teacher Certification Requirements
ED 2306Teaching the Faith3
Select one of the following:3
Lutheran Confessions
Law and Gospel in the Life of the Church
A Survey of Christian Thought
Christian Apologetics
Christ and Culture

Course Requires Upper Division Status.