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How to apply for admission to the DSEPS Program

Beginning January 1, 2020, please follow these instructions to apply for admission into the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (DSEPS) program at UW-Eau Claire. Please submit complete applications no later than March 16, 2020.

The application is in two parts:

  1. Apply for admission to UW-Eau Claire as a graduate student in the DSEPS program
  2. Apply for admission to  the program

All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by March 16, 2020. Program applications open January 1, 2020. You may apply to the University any time before the deadline. Applicants will be notified of the admission decision by April 3, 2020.

  1. Apply for admission to UW-Eau Claire at
  • When prompted to select your reason for applying, select Graduate Degree, Licensure or Certificate
  • When prompted to indicate your desired degree/program/major, select the Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Graduate Certificate.
  • Request official transcripts from the institution that conferred your graduate degree.  Your transcripts should be mailed or sent electronically directly from that college/university to this address:

          UW-Eau Claire Admissions Office

          105 Garfield Ave.

          Eau Claire, WI 54701


  • Pay the required application fee, as instructed

2. Apply to the DSEPS Program. Applications will open on January 1, 2020. To speed this process, you may wish to gather the supporting documents that you will need to upload to the form:

  • Verification of educational licensure
  • Three letters of recommendation including one from a current administrator plus one from a previous administrator, if applicable.  Letters should address your ability to succeed in this particular program.
  • Use this form 540 Confirmation Form to verify completion of at least 540 hours directly teaching academic content to children with special needs. (Applicants who hold a Master's in Special Education are exempt from this requirement.)
  • Identify your mentor for the final practicum of 150 hours and submit the mentor agreement DSEPS Mentor Agreement (Note: If it is not possible to identify your mentor at this time, you will be expected to do so no later than September 15, 2020)
  • Complete the online application form Please answer all questions carefully and completely.  Responses of one to two paragraphs are expected.

Important Information regarding admission to the program:

Admission to the program is conditional until the candidate has passed a Criminal Background Check with no concerns. (The applicant is responsible for the cost of approximately $40 for the CBC). The CBC is required of all students admitted to the DPI licensure programs, even if the applicant has recently passed the CBC at their place of employment.

Please plan to attend an online orientation to the DSEPS program, May 6, 4:30-6:00 pm.


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Additional information: 

Online Program Applicants: State of Residency

Wisconsin is a SARA state (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is a SARA-approved institution. "The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state." ( Although CA and MA are not SARA-approved states at this time, UW-Eau Claire may currently accept students from these states as well.


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