Career and Leadership Development

Special Education

The Special Education Department prepares professionals to work with persons with disabilities from birth to post-secondary age levels. Teaching is a professionally challenging and rewarding experience and is even more so as a Special Education teacher. The training program teaches individualized instructional techniques and learning strategies for working with all students' learning regardless of the severity of the disability. Special Education majors can become teachers at the preschool, elementary, middle, secondary or post-secondary education levels in varying school settings, residential settings or agencies serving individuals with disabilities. Our students are successfully employed as teachers by school districts throughout Wisconsin and nationwide; many return to pursue advanced degrees as well.

Emphases within the major:

Early Childhood Education (BSE): Dual Licensure in Special Education & Early Childhood Education
Cross Categorical - Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence (1-8) & Early Adolescence/ Adolescence (6-12)
Additional specialization emphases within this overall major include:
Learning Disabilities/Emotional Behavior Disorders / Middle Childhood / Early Adolescence (1-8) and Early Adolescence / Adolescence (6-12) and or Cognitive Disabilities - Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (1-8) and Early Adolescence / Adolescence (6-12)

Major skills acquired:

Develop and implement program models for students in inclusive settings, self-contained, and resource room, and/or community/home-based programs.
Design, conduct, and interpret informal and formal diagnosis of learning abilities and difficulties. Understand and apply Federal/State laws and the importance of educational decisions for persons with disabilities and serve as liaison and advocate
Work as a member of a team and effectively consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, other professionals and support services personnel.

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles numbers). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education. Teachers in the following areas of Special Education:
Adult Developmentally Disabled (ADD)
Adult Education
Child Advocate
Cognitive Disabilities (CD) (094.227-022)
Counselor, Sheltered Workshops
Early Childhood - Exceptional Education Needs (EC: EEN)
Emotional Disturbance (ED)
General/Special Education
Job Coach
Learning Disabilities (LD)
Multicategorical (MC: LD, ED, and/or CD)
Political Advocate
Resident Care Coordinator
School Principal
Secondary, Post Secondary Level
Severely/Profound Handicapped (SPMH)
Special Needs Instructor/Technical Colleges
Teacher (see 094.227-010 thru 094.227-034)
Transitional/Special Needs
University Professor
Transportation Specialist

Representative employers that have hired our students:

Arrowhead Childcare - Martin, WI
Beaver Dam School District - Beaver Dam, WI
Bethesda Lutheran Home - Watertown, WI
Black River Falls School District - Black River Falls, WI
Browning Elementary School - Milwaukee, WI
CESA Various Locations in Wisconsin
Chiba Prefectural Schools - Japan
Craig Alternative School - Milwaukee, WI
Curtis Strange Elementary School - Kenosha, WI
Delavan-Darien School District - Delavan, WI
Edgerton Community Schools - Edgerton, WI
Elkhart Lake School District - Elkhart Lake, WI
Ethan Allen - Wales, WI
Federic School District - Frederic, WI
FJ Turner School District - Beloit, WI
Franklin Middle School - Janesville, WI
Germantown School District - Germantown, WI
Headstart - Fond du Lac, WI
Homebound Instruction - Cudahy, WI
Houston School District - Houston, MN
Howard-Suamico School District - Green Bay, WI
Janesville School District - Janesville, WI
JC McKenna Middle School - Evansville, WI
Menomonee Falls School District - Menomonee Falls, WI
NEDSRA - Addison, IL
Pioneer Center - Crystal Lake, IL
Portage Community Schools - Portage, WI
RCS Early Intervention Program - Sheboygan, WI
Sauk Prairie School District - Sauk City, WI
Shooting Star Daycare - Fort Atkinson, WI
School District of Lodi - Lodi, WI
South Baraboo School District - Baraboo, WI
St. Francis School District - St. Francis, WI
St. Rose Residence - Milwaukee, WI
Jefferson County Early Intervention Program - Jefferson, WI
Lakeland School - Elkhorn, WI
Little Chute School District - Little Chute, WI
Lutheran Social Services - Waukesha, WI
Madison Metropolitan School District - Madison, WI
Menasha School District - Menasha, WI
Middleton-Cross Plains School District - Middleton, WI
Milton School - Milton, WI
Milwaukee Public Schools - Milwaukee, WI
Muskego School District - Muskego, WI
New Glarus School District - New Glarus, WI
Oconomowoc School District - Oconomowoc, WI
Oregon School District - Oregon, WI
Orfordville Elementary - Orfordville, WI
Owensboro Board of Education - Owensboro, KY
Oxford Federal Prison - Oxford, WI
Sun Prairie Schools - Sun Prairie, WI
The Threshold, Inc. - West Bend, WI
UW - Whitewater MTP Program - Whitewater, WI
Verona Middle School - Verona, WI
Waukesha School District - Waukesha, WI
Wauwatosa School District - Wauwatosa, WI
West Allis-West Milwaukee School District - Milwaukee, WI
Whitman Middle School - Wauwatosa, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - Whitewater, WI

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Department of Special Education
Departmental Office, Winther, Room 4037
Phone: 262-472-4847