A special education degree prepares teachers to work with children with disabilities. Teaching special education is a professionally challenging and rewarding experience.
There are a number of requirements at different levels:
Take and pass the Praxis II test in order to sign up for student teaching. This test is available at www.ets.org. (For licensure, DPI requires test 0146)
Apply during the semester you are taking your pre-block classes.
There are two emphases you can major in. Please see: Major and Minor Programs (Undergraduates). This link will take you to a description of the majors and minors. There is a link on that page which shows the four year plan for the majors and minors.
While you can take the courses associated with both emphasis, the cross categorical license allows you to teach in all three areas. If you go with a CD emphasis you can teach in EBD/LD areas and vice versa.
Yes, please see Special Education Minor (Non-Education Majors)
What is professional education and how do I apply?
See this page for further information on professional education: Admission to Professional Education
The university requires a lab science and a second science from a different discipline. PI-34 requirements are two sciences
The admissions office can answer all of these questions. Here is a link to their web site: http://www.uww.edu/admissions
College of Education and Professional Studies has a lab for student use. You can find more information at Wisconsin Instructional Technology Resource Center.
Note: Loan Forgiveness Incentive for Special Education Teachers. The nation's special education students are in dire need of qualified teachers. In 2005, the federal government created an incentive to retain special education teachers in low-income schools by increasing the amount of loan forgiveness to $17,500, available for special eduction teachers who teach for five consecutive years in designated schools. You are eligible if:
Many special educators, administrators, and university personnel are still unaware of this relatively new law. This loan forgiveness provision is also a great incentive for new students majoring in special education! Go to: www.finaid.org/loans/forgiveness.phtml or UW-W Scholarships or http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/teachercancel.jsp
There is a national shortage of special education teachers. Upon graduation, there are many options for employment, including teaching residential and adult services. Our program has a 99% graduate placement rate.
The website for tuition information is https://uwwcost.uww.edu/
The website for financial aid is http://www.uww.edu/financialaid/
Yes. Go to https://apply.wisconsin.edu/
A transcript with an official university seal that is in a sealed envelope from the university.
To the School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education 2013 Roseman Hall.
No. Graduate School policy dictates that only transcripts with a university seal, delivered in a sealed envelope from the university, can be considered an "official" transcript.
No. The School of Graduate Studies will order transcripts from the Registrar's Office for you.
At least, a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average; at least, a 2.90 cumulative undergraduate grade point average in the last half of the undergraduate degree program; a master's degree or higher from an institution regionally accredited at the graduate-level; or to have completed, at least, 12 graduate-level credits at UW-Whitewater with a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Yes. Please visit http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies/intstd.php
There are three field experience prior to the student teaching semester. For a description, please visit: Fieldwork.
Yes indeed! See our plan on Major and Minor Programs (Undergraduates).