The Department of Special Education is a collaborative community of learners whose mission is to prepare educators who are agents of change on behalf of children and families. Graduates of the program will:
The College of Education and Professional Studies (COEPS) is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Department of Special Education is a collaborative community of learners whose specialty program is accredited by the Council for Exceptional Children.
What is Special Education?
A special education degree prepares teachers to work with children with disabilities. Teaching special education is a professionally challenging and rewarding experience.
What classes do I need to take? 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.
Can I take both CD and EBD/LD emphasis?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.
If my major is outside the College of Education and Professional Studies, can I still minor in special education?Yes, please see Non-Licensure Minor and Students outside COEPS
What is professional education and how do I apply?
See this page for further information on professional education: Admission to Professional Education
What sciences satisfy university and PI-34 requirements? The university requires a lab science and a second science from a different discipline. PI-34 specifically requires a biological science and a physical science. One of which must be a lab science.
I have an associate's degree and want to get my Bachelor of Science, where do I start? What classes will transfer?The admissions office can answer all of these questions. Here is a link to their web site: http://www.uww.edu/admissions
What technological resources are available? College of Education and Professional Studies has a lab for student use. You can find more information at Wisconsin Instructional Technology Resource Center.
With a special education degree, do I qualify for Loan Forgiveness Incentives? For the most up-to-date answer to this question go to: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/teachercancel.jsp
Can I apply online? Yes. Go to https://apply.wisconsin.edu/
Can I have my undergraduate university/college fax you my official transcript? 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.
What GPA do I need to be admitted in "good standing"? 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.
How much field experience do you have in your program? There are three field experience prior to the student teaching semester. For a description, please visit: Fieldwork.
Can you finish the special education program in 4 years? Yes indeed! See our plan on Major and Minor Programs (Undergraduates).
The majority of graduates become teachers, with a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE). Early Childhood Education majors receive licensure for children birth to age 8. Students in the Cross Categorical program earn licensure for both middle childhood to early adolescence and early adolescence to adolescence (Grades 1-12).Many students return to UW-Whitewater to pursue advanced degrees in the Master of Science in Education (MSE) programs and assume responsibilities as: