Graduate Programs

Contact: Dr. Shannon Stuart, (262) 472-4877

Master of Science in Special Education

The Department of Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers two MSE options.  Options for graduate study include:

Masters of Science in Education: Emphasis in Cross Categorical Licensure

The MSE in Special Education is designed for working professionals with bachelor degrees who seek initial licensure in special education. Individuals with current emergency licenses are also ideal candidates for this program. Students complete a 36 credit MSE in three years with night and summer classes. Licenses earned include Cross Categorical and Learning Disabilities with an emphasis in Cross Categorical.

Admission Requirements:

  • Students must pass the Praxis I or CORE exam in order to be admitted to the Cross Categorical MSE in Special Education program
  • MSE Cross Categorical Plan
  • Students must pass a criminal background check prior to admission.

Master of Science in Special Education: Emphasis in Professional Development

The MSE in Special Education with an emphasis in Professional Development is designed for currently licensed teachers or professionals in related fields who wish advanced knowledge in special education. Potential areas of study include: ABA, Autism Specialist, Transition Specialist (both areas lead to Graduate Certificates), addition of LD, ID, or EBD to current special education, cross categorical license, or coursework to support the completion of the Professional Development Plan.

Admission Requirements:

  • Students must meet the admission requirements outlined in the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Graduate Catalog. No additional requirements are set by the Department of Special Education.
  • MSE Professional Development Plan

Minor to Masters

Students completing a minor in Special Education at UWW have an option of completing our Minor to Master's program.


Post Baccalaureate students interested in adding Early Childhood / Special Education Licensure to an existing teaching license can complete courses required for an 1809 license. The licensure courses are completed in conjunction with the Master of Science in Special Education - Emphasis in Professional Development program.