You can be teaching special education students in only 3 years

Become a memorable, skilled, and compassionate special education teacher with a bachelor's degree from Concordia University's established and highly-regarded School of Education. Your studies in special education will include a solid liberal arts foundation, specialized coursework, and in-classroom experiences. This cross categorical SPED license for K-12 will provide the opportunity to serve special education students with various needs in a Wisconsin school district.

Cost Per Credit$490

Participate in flexible 8-week courses that are practical for today's student.

Online Format

A flexible program to fit your busy life schedule.

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Program Overview

This accelerated special education teacher licensure program is 100% online. You will earn your bachelor's in education AND a valid Wisconsin license to teach K-12 students. This accelerated program can be completed within three years or at a pace you prefer. It is an accessible, flexible, and affordable teacher program that gives individuals the opportunity to serve students in grades K-12 as a trusted and skilled special education teacher.

Relevant curriculum, student teaching, and experienced faculty will develop your teaching skills and passion to help K-12 special education students reach their full academic potential. Learn to identify the characteristics of children with disabilities, assess students, serve on Individualized Educationl Plan (IEP) teams, and create learning environments that align with their specific needs. This program will give you the authority to work with students that have intellectual disabilities (ID), specific learning disabilities (SPD), and emotional behavioral disabilites (EBD).

Watch Dr. Adam Paape, Assistant Dean for School of Education, present a brief overview of the accelerated teacher program.




What to Expect
  • 100% online
  • Courses are in 8-week sessions
  • Option to start the program at the beginning of any 8-week session
  • Clinical experiences and student teaching can take place anywhere in the U.S., not required to be in Wisconsin
  • Program leads to WI teaching licensure in K-12
  • This program accepts up to 6 credits of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). 
    • Submit a narrative on your previous lived experiences that are related to elementary education and how they align with the program's objectives. This is submitted after you have enrolled and started courses.
    • Pay a reduced rate for these PLA credits
  • Transfer up to 84 credits
  • Option to earn Public Education (PLA can be used towards the 9 elective credits for public education candidates), Lutheran Teaching Diploma (LTD) and Christian Teaching Certificate (CTC)
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