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Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)

Student Council for Exceptional Children is a volunteer organization comprised of education majors. Our purpose is to volunteer at the University as well as community functions to allow education majors to get to experience working with individuals with disabilities. Some activities include the Planting Seeds of Inclusion Conference at UW Oshkosh, Special Olympics spring games, and the Polar Plunge.

The organization is only as big as its members, so bring your ideas! You may contact SCEC at scec@uwosh.edu or visit their bulletin board (located on 2nd floor of the N/E building, by the elevators) for activity details.

Waitlist Policy

What To Do If the Class is Full

You want a Special Education class, but it is showing as “full” on TitanWeb. Now what?

  • Do not ask the instructor to sign you into the course, as instructors are not allowed to do this.
  • If a course is listed as full when you are eligible to register, contact the Special & Early Childhood Education Office at thorson@uwosh.edu (you may also call 920-424-3421 or stop in Nursing Education (NE) 406 to be placed on the waitlist (provide name, student ID, registration date, and class – including class number and section and/or course number – that you are interested in). If and when a seat opens up in a waitlisted course, students will be contacted in order of eligibility. The notification will come via campus email and the student will have only 48 hours to respond before losing his or her spot on the waitlist.

 

EDUCATION PROGRAM GATEWAYS

The education program gateways define a pathway for students to ensure they meet program and licensing requirements.

  • GATEWAY 1 - Admission process into the COEHS education program.
  • GATEWAY 2 - Details the program requirements that are in addition to specific coursework.
  • GATEWAY 3 - Applying for a student teaching experience must be completed at the beginning of the semester prior to when you plan to student teach.
  • GATEWAY 4 - Outlines the student teaching experience and steps to program completion.

Contact Us

Special and Early Childhood Education
speced@uwosh.edu
(920) 424-3421

Graduate Resources

Praxis Core/ACT/SAT/GRE
  • Pass the Praxis Core OR have a passing ACT, SAT, or GRE Test Score (from the past 10 years)
    • Praxis Core: Reading 156, Writing 162, Math 150
      • Official scores must be sent to UW Oshkosh recipient code #1916.
      • SAVE your score report.
    • ACT Test: Composite Score: 23 (minimum score of 20 on English, Math and Reading)
    • ACT Test Plus Writing Test: Composite Score: 22 with a minimum score of 20 on English/Writing
    • SAT Test: Minimum sub-scores of 520 on Mathematics, 510 Critical Reading and 480 on Writing
    • GRE Test (after 8/1/11): Minimum sub-scores of 145 on Quantitative reading, 150 on Verbal and 3 on Analytical Writing
  • Praxis II Info
Graduate Portfolio

Graduate students seeking a new or additional licensure, whose initial evaluation meeting occurred after September 1, 2008, will complete a portfolio.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction expects that all licensed teachers are able to demonstrate competence in each of the 10 InTASC Standards. To demonstrate your competence for special education licensure, each section of your assessment portfolio will address one of the 10 InTASC Standards.

You will include a reflection paper for each portfolio submission (Portfolio I, II and Final Certification) of no more than 6 pages, double-spaced, including:

  1. An explanation of your understanding of each standard
  2. The dispositions you hold that support each standard
  3. A description of how the artifacts in your portfolio demonstrate competence in each of the ten standards.

For each artifact you include in your portfolio that is a course assignment, it is your responsibility to have the course instructor complete an evaluation rubric. You will include the completed instructor evaluation rubric with your assignment artifact in your portfolio. If you have added evidence that is from your classroom, it will be reviewed by the individual evaluating your portfolio.

Portfolio I: Initial*

Successful completion of Portfolio I is required to maintain participation in the graduate program. Portfolio I is to occur prior to the start of a student’s fourth semester after the initial meeting with the Graduate Coordinator or prior to student teaching, whichever comes first.

  • Praxis Core or PPST/ACT/SAT/GRE and Praxis II successful results
  • Overall reflection paper regarding initial knowledge, skills and dispositions related to the 10 InTASC Standards
  • Departmental Disposition Statement with student’s signature
  • Presentation of Portfolio to graduate coordinator

Portfolio II: Admission to Student Teaching*

Successful completion of Portfolio II is one requirement for student teaching application approval

  • Overall reflection paper (updated) regarding the growth of knowledge, skills and dispositions related to the 10 InTASC Standards
  • Lesson plan
  • Implementation of a behavior change project
  • Demonstration of data collection
  • Documented contact/interactions with family members of children with disabilities
  • Assessment and Individualized Education Plan project
  • Initial Practicum Self-evaluation of teaching performance (if Initial Practicum waived, include waiver approval letter)
  • Initial Practicum Cooperating teachers’ evaluation (if Initial Practicum waived, include waiver letter)
  • Initial Practicum Supervisor evaluation (if Initial Practicum waived, include waiver letter)
  • Advanced Practicum Self-evaluation of teaching performance
  • Advanced Practicum Cooperating teacher evaluation (not applicable for on-the-job placement)
  • Advanced Practicum Supervisor evaluation
  • Human relations report and supervisor verification
  • Presentation of Portfolio to graduate coordinator
  • WFORT (Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test)-successful results

Final Certification Portfolio: Transition to Teaching

Successful completion of the Final Certification Portfolio is one requirement for certification.

Second set of materials that demonstrates growth from Portfolio II:

  • Daily lesson plan
  • Implementation of a behavior change project
  • Demonstration of data collection
  • Assessment & Individualized Education Plan project
  • Documented contact/interactions with family members of children with disabilities
  • Self-evaluation of teaching performance**
  • Cooperating teachers’ evaluations** (not applicable for on-the-job placement)
  • Student Teaching Supervisors’ evaluations**
  • Pre-professional Development Plan/Professional Development Plan
  • Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)***
  • Presentation of Portfolio to student teaching supervisor

*Portfolio I and II may be combined if the number of credits needed for certification is less than nine. If you are adding on a certification and are required to take nine credits or fewer, contact the graduate coordinator to discuss the portfolio requirements.

**Evaluations for both first and second placements, if applicable.

***If you hold a previous Wisconsin teaching license in early childhood, elementary, secondary, or any level of special education or proof of a successful edTPA completion, you would complete edTPA as an assignment for student teaching but would not need to submit it to Pearson for review

 

Policies Procedures

Academic Standing

Each student is regarded as having one of three academic standings: full, probationary or suspended.  Periods of probation and suspension are indicated on the student's unofficial transcript.  Similarly, full academic standing when reached is noted on the unofficial transcript.  Some programs have more restrictive requirements and policies as they pertain to determining academic standing. Please consult the program for its requirements.

Full Standing - A student is in full standing when:

  1.  The student was admitted in full standing and maintains a cumulative graduate grade-point average of 3.00 or above.
  2. The student was admitted on probation and achieves full standing by earning a 3.00 cumulative graduate grade-point average after completing nine (9) graded graduate credits since the term of admission.

Probation - A student is on probation when:

  1. The student has been admitted on probation, has completed less than one full term or has completed less than nine graded graduate credits.
  2. An admitted student who was in full standing at the beginning of a term and has a cumulative overall graduate grade-point average of less than 3.00 at the end of the term regardless of the number of credits attempted/earned.

There is no probation available to special, guest and non-degree students.

Suspension - A student is on suspension when:

  1.  The student was on probation at the beginning of a term and has a cumulative overall graduate grade-point average of less than 3.00 at the end of the nine-credit probationary period.
  2. The student has been denied admission to candidacy and has completed approximately 18 graduate credits normally acceptable in the degree program.
  3. The student is classified as special, guest or non-degree and the cumulative graduate grade-point average is below 3.0 These students do not have the benefit of being on academic probation.

Suspension Appeal

The Office of Graduate Studies will place an enrollment service indicator (stop) on the record of students who are placed on suspension. Students on suspension may have their record reviewed by their degree program and the Office of Graduate Studies after one full semester of suspension (not including summer session) and upon written appeal of the suspension. Students should initiate the written appeal and direct it to the appropriate graduate program coordinator. The program coordinator along with the program faculty or others will make a written recommendation to the Office of Graduate Studies regarding the request to appeal the suspension. If the program recommends granting the appeal, a written recommendation should contain a rationale for allowing the student to return to classes and any conditions a student must meet in future enrollment periods. The Director of Graduate Services will review the recommendation of the program and its faculty and make the final decision about granting the appeal.  The Director will communicate the decision to the student and the program.

Special, guest or non-degree students should appeal in writing directly to the Director of Graduate Services, Office of Graduate Studies, following the semester of suspension.

Student Appeals Policy

To view the College of Education and Human Services student appeals policy, please visit COEHS Student Appeal Procedures.

Repeat Course Policy

Graduate courses may be repeated, without additional credit if the following conditions have been met:

  1. A grade of less than a “B” was obtained in the first and only other attempt.
  2. Permission to repeat a course needs approval from the graduate program coordinator and the Office of Graduate Studies.
  3. The student registers for the course as a "repeat.” Some courses may only be repeated one time.

Courses attempted for undergraduate credit may not be repeated by graduate students for graduate credit unless pre-approved by the graduate program coordinator within the program’s specified time frame. Dual-level courses may not be attempted under both the undergraduate and graduate numbers.

What To Do If the Class is Full

You want a Special Education class, but it is showing as “full” on TitanWeb. Now what?

  • Do not ask the instructor to sign you into the course, as instructors are not allowed to do this.
  • If a course is listed as full when you are eligible to register, contact the Special & Early Childhood Education Office at thorson@uwosh.edu (you may also call 920-424-3421 or stop in Nursing Education (NE) 406 to be placed on the waitlist (provide name, student ID, registration date, and class – including class number and section and/or course number – that you are interested in). If and when a seat opens up in a waitlisted course, students will be contacted in order of eligibility. The notification will come via campus email and the student will have only 48 hours to respond before losing his or her spot on the wait list.

Contact Us

Special Education
Dr. Denise Clark
Nursing/Education 422
 clarkd@uwosh.edu
(920) 424-3421