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Special Education - Cross Categorical


A Special Education Cross Categorical license with a concentration in learning disability, intellectual disability and/or emotional behavior disability allows the license holder to provide special education services to a student with a disability per the individual student IEP. The exception is for student IEPs that require the following services: occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language, audiology, orientation & mobility, visual impairment (VI), deaf or hard of hearing (DHH), and educational interpreter.

Students with a visual impairment or students who are deaf or hard of hearing require the services of an educator qualified to meet their vision and/or hearing needs. However, when the above students receive special education services outside of VI or DHH, a teacher with a Learning Disabilities, Emotional-Behavioral Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, or Cross Categorical license may be the appropriate person to provide additional services.

A Special Education Cross Categorical educator must hold a Wisconsin license with the appropriate developmental level and subject area for which he or she is teaching (middle childhood-early adolescence (grades KG-8) , or early adolescence-adolescence (grades 5-12).