10 Sped Program
Special Education License Areas
The 10 Sped program is a Wisconsin DPI approved non-traditional route to special education teacher certification. Students who successfully complete this licensed based equivalency program will be eligible for the following Wisconsin teaching certification:
Early Childhood Special Education (Birth to Grade 3) and/or
- Cross Categorical Special Education (K- Grade 12)
- If seeking an additional special education license, you must hold an initial Wisconsin special education teaching license. If you do not have a Wisconsin special education teaching license, then you are not eligible for the additional licensure program, however, you are eligible the 10 Sped Program (semester requirements are based on your license status)
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Partnership and Dual Enrollment
10 Sped initial licensure program partners with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota to offer graduate level courses. Embedded within the online 10 Sped Program application, students will be provided a link to apply to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Upon submission of application materials to both 10 Sped and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, students become dually enrolled.
The 10 Sped initial licensure program meets the Wisconsin DPI special education teacher certification requirements and the partnership with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota allows students to earn graduate credit and have access to financial aid. Official transcripts and financial aid disbursement are provided by Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
Up to twelve graduate credits from the 10 Sped initial licensure program can be transferred to the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Master of Arts in Education with a Custom Specialization Program (33 credits).
Enrollment in the 10 Sped initial licensure program is contingent upon the student's acceptance and admission at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
Timeline to Complete - Initial Licensure Program
The 10 Sped program includes four semesters and takes approximately 18 months to complete. Each of the three semesters of coursework is four months long. Students attend 9-weekend sessions over the course of a calendar year. During the last semester of the program, students are required to student teach and follow the school district calendar during that semester (Fall or Spring).
Timeline To Complete - Additional Licensure Program
The Additional Licensure Program includes a self-paced online workshop and a student teaching experience. During the online workshop, students independently conduct online research to write 5-8 papers that specifically address the certification area. During the second portion, students are required to student teach for 9 weeks. Additional tests and/or outside coursework may be required for teaching certifications.
Start Date Coursework Deadline Student Teaching Quarter
January 1st February 15th 4th quarter
March 1st April 15th 1st quarter
May 1st June 15th 1st quarter
July 1st August 15th 1st quarter
September 1st October 15th 2nd quarter
November 1st December 15th 3rd quarter
Additional licensure students have a start date and a coursework deadline. If payment is not received by the start date, then the student has to wait until the next start date. If the coursework is not submitted by the deadline a failing grade will be issued.
Location of Classes - Initial Licensure Program
Semester courses are offered in a blended format which includes online and face-to-face components. The face-to-face portion of each semester is currently held in a centrally located technical college to allow access to students from anywhere in the state. These are typically held in the Stevens Point area. Sleeping rooms are not included in the price of tuition.
A minimum of 10 students is required for each cohort.
Location of Classes - Additional Licensure Program
Coursework is online. The student teaching requirement takes place in a district of your choice.
Program Structure - Initial Licensure Program
New cohorts begin each January, May and September. Application deadlines for each semester are December 1, April 1, and August 1 (respectively). See the class schedule for upcoming cohort dates.
Students are required to complete a 30 hour pre-student teaching requirement during Semesters I, II and III before they will be allowed to student teach during Semester IV.
Semester I - EDWN 605 Special Education Law and Effective Practice is a 3 credit blended course which meets face to face during Sessions I, 2 and 3 on Fridays 6:30 - 9:30 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
It is recommended that the student complete the pre-student teaching requirement during Semester I .
Semester II- EDWN 606 Individual Development is a 3 credit blended course which meets face to face during Sessions 4, 5 , 6 and 7 on Fridays 6:30 - 9:30 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
It is recommended that the student complete the pre-student teaching requirement during Semester II if not already completed.
Semester III - EDWN 608 Academic and Behavior Management for the Child with Disabilities is a 3 credit blended course which meets face to face during sessions 8, 9 and 10 on Fridays 6:30 - 9:30 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
The student will need to complete the pre-student teaching requirements before moving on to student teaching.
Semester IV - EDWN 612 Student Teaching is a 3 credit practicum experience. Students choose up to 3 school districts where the student teaching will take place and our placement coordinator works with the districts in priority order to set up the placement. Student teaching occurs during the school year only (Fall or Spring) and follows the district calendar. Students who are working under a 1-year license with stipulations, may student teach on the job (as long as the age level is the same as the age level declared during admissions).
Program Structure - Additional Licensure Program
Applications are accepted year-round, however, students may only start on the start dates are listed above. The program must be completed within two semesters.
The program consists of coursework and student teaching. All coursework must be successfully completed before the student teaching placement can begin. Students are issued a Pass/Fail and no credits are available.
*Additional tests may be required.
Student Teaching - Students choose up to 3 school districts where the student teaching will take place and our placement coordinator works with the districts in priority order to set up the 9-week placement. Student Teaching occurs during the school year only (Fall and Spring) and follows the district calendar. Students who are working under an emergency license, may student teach on the job (as long as the age level and subject area is the same as the certification area).
Application Deadline - Initial Licensure Program
The application deadlines are as follows:
January Start - Application deadline is December 1. All application materials AND enrollment fee MUST be received by that date or your program start date will be delayed until May.
May Start - Application deadline is April 1. All application materials AND enrollment fee MUST be received by that date or your program start will be delayed until September.
September Start - Application deadline is August 1. All application materials AND enrollment MUST be received by that date or your program start will be delayed until January.
Financial Aid is available through our partnership with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. As part of the 10 Sped online application process, students must complete an application to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. On that application, students will select that they choose to enroll in Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Master of Arts in Education with a Custom Specialization Program if they wish to apply for financial aid. A student may opt to complete the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Master's program at a later date. Students must complete an online FAFSA form and include the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Code 002380. When the financial aid is awarded from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, the student is issued a check directly from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and must, in turn, pay eduCATE-WI for tuition in order to remain in good standing in the program. Tuition is due on time to eduCATE-WI regardless of financial aid status.
Program Tuition (Subject to Change without Notice)
Initial Licensure Program:
Enrollment Fee $500 - Due one month prior to the semester start
Semester I $3,400 - Tuition due on/before the 15th of the first month of Semester I
Semester II $3,400 - Tuition due on/before the 15th of the first month of Semester II
Semester III $3,400 - Tuition due on/before the 15th of the first month of Semester III
Semester IV $3,200 - Tuition due on/before the 15th of the first month of Semester IV/Student Teaching
NOTE: Tuition costs are the same for quarter (9 week) and semester (18 week) student teaching placements .
$150 administrative fee will be assessed for drops that occur before the first day of the semester. If the request to drop occurs after the first day of the semester occurs, no refund for that semester will be made.
Tuition includes 12 graduate credits from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota upon successful completion of each semester. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota will accept 12 graduate credits toward their 33 credit Master's Degree program.
Additional Licensure Program:
- Enrollment Fee - $250
- Online, independent workshop - $1,000/per certification area for Special Education add-on certifications
- Student Teaching - $3,200/per quarter
- Withdrawal before completing requirements is $150.00
In order to be admitted to the 10 Sped Program, the following requirements must be met:
- A Cover Letter which describes your interest in the program and becoming a special education teacher.
- A transcript that provides evidence that you hold a Bachelor's Degree (BA/BS), Juris Doctor Degree (JD), Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) or Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS) from an accredited college: or university or a foreign credential evaluation that verifies the equivalent to a BA/BS in the U.S. You will need to request that an official transcript, that includes the date your degree was conferred on, be sent by the University either through the mail or electronically through their parchment service to the 10 Sped Program in order for you to be admitted to the program.
- A Resume that includes verification of a current DPI license or permit as a teacher or a substitute teacher, or have been issued a DPI permit allowing you to teach in an area of high need. The license or substitute permit requirement may be appealed if you have worked or are working as an aide and hold the appropriate DPI license. Applicants who do not possess any pre K-12 DPI teaching license will be expected to provide evidence of 2 or more years of related child based experiences (Head Start, Certified Day Care, At-Risk tutoring, youth counseling, Juvenile Treatment facilities or other youth-oriented vocation). A minimum of 2 years of educationally relevant experiences. Experiences in a pre K-12 setting are preferred. (This can include the 6 months of student teaching through the program)
License or Permit Exceptions: The two-year experience requirement may be appealed if your degree was awarded after you spent at least two years on-the-job in your field of study. Please include the job experience on your resume and on the online application.
- Two Letters of Recommendation from employers/supervisors who can provide evidence to support your qualifications as a potential program participant assists are required.
- Students must be accepted at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota to be admitted to this program.
A Criminal Background Check with no conviction or plea bargain for crimes which may impact school children and/or the maintenance of a safe and healthy school. The first criminal background checks will be conducted upon completion of the application process and prior to the first class meeting. The second criminal background check is conducted prior to student teaching.
How do I Apply?
If applying to the 10 Sped program, there is a two-step process to apply. You must apply to both 10 Sped and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
Step 1 - Create an account and complete the online application for the 10 Sped Program. (Apply Now for 10 Sped)
Step 2 - Complete the online application for Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. ( Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Online Application).
When your application has been accepted by Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, you will receive an email from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota that will include your Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Student ID number. This verifies to 10 Sped that you have been accepted at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
You will NOT need to register for courses through Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - you will be automatically registered upon successful submission of your 10 Sped application.