Cross-categorical Special Education (WI 2801)

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Degree Level
College of Engineering, Letters, and Sciences

An online program that brings educators from across the state together to learn best practices in the field of special education. Our classes view individuals with disabilities from a strengths-based model, and help educators work toward successful inclusion of individuals with disabilities. We focus on working with culturally and linguistically diverse families, empowering our educators to honor all abilities, and providing familiarity with local community resources.

  •  19 credits (7 courses) - fully online





Admission Requirements for all Graduate Programs in Education (degree, license, endorsement, or certificate) include the following, but may include additional program-specific admission requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA for 12 graduate credits from an accredited institution in order to be admitted in good standing
  • Earned teaching or administrative license
  • One academic reference contact required for Wisconsin and Iowa Educational Leadership programs

All requirements for any graduate program in education must be completed within seven years from the date of application to the graduate program. Coursework must have been taken within the last seven years from the date of application to be applied to program requirements, with the exception of Iowa Educational Leadership programs which is limited to five years. 

A student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to complete any graduate program in education and a grade of C or higher earned in all Viterbo University coursework. 

Students who have completed any Viterbo University graduate program within the last seven years may use up to 15 credits of eligible graduate level courses to satisfy the elective requirements for degree candidacy in the Master of Arts in Education Program

Students who have completed the Viterbo University Post-baccalaureate program within the last seven years may use up to fifteen credits of eligible graduate level courses toward the elective requirement for degree candidacy in the Master of Arts in Education Program

Wisconsin Cross-Categorical License (WI 2801)

  • Possess a current Wisconsin teaching license
  • Earn a passing score on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test, as required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Transfer Credit

Wisconsin License (Reading 1316/ Cross-categorical Special Education)

Upon acceptance, student may transfer up to six credit hours of graduate credit taken within seven years of application date.  


Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate proficiency in:

  • Philosophical, historical and legal foundations of special education
  • Characteristics of learners
  • Assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation
  • Instructional content and practice
  • Planning and managing the teaching and learning environment
  • Managing student behavior and teaching social interaction skill
  • Communication and collaborative partnerships
  • Professional and ethical practices

Demonstrate the ability to align instructional practices to academic standards

  • Viterbo Core Teaching Standards
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards