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    Online Bachelor’s in Special Education

    Open doors by unlocking your potential. 

    Exceptional children require highly skilled educators that can plan and administer special education curricula while facilitating a safe and effective classroom. The Online Bachelor’s in Special Education (SpecEd4U) is designed to provide an avenue for professionals who are currently working with students as a para-educator, special education assistant and/or supporting individuals with disabilities.

    Why UW-Whitewater Online?

    • Nationally recognized faculty
    • Flexible and convenient for your schedule
    • Scholarships available for qualifying students
    • 98% employment rate for college graduates

    Cross-categorical licensure

    Graduates meet requirements for teaching license.

    Fully Online

    No requirements to come to campus.

    Ranked #1 in Wisconsin

    More teaching licenses awarded than any other university.

    Online Bachelor’s in Special Education

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    The Online Bachelor in Special Education has been designed to prepare you for success as a student and in your career. The courses are fully online and offered in 8-week and 3-week course sequences, this allows students the opportunity to work in their current school district and partner with UW-Whitewater for on the job field experiences and student teaching.

    This partnership is an excellent opportunity for districts to help support their educational assistants in seeking special education licensure. Students will have an opportunity to practice and implement the knowledge and skills obtained from their classes to positively impact the children and support their cooperating teachers.

    Ellen Larson, turning through text book for online degree program

    The program begins in the fall with a cohort of up to 30 students. Once this limit is reached, registration will be closed until the next year. Below is an example of what the course structure will look like in the program.

    Fall Year One – First Semester

    First 8-Weeks

    Second 8-Weeks

    • EDFOUND 222 (3)
    • EDFOUND 243 (3)
    • LIBMEDIA 201 (1)
    • EDFOUND 210 (3)

    • SPECED 322 (3)
    • SPECED 325 (3)

    Spring Year One – Second Semester

    First 8-Weeks

    Second 8-Weeks

    • SPECED 321 (3)
    • MATH 147 (4)

    • SPECED 361 (3)
    • ELEMMID 425 (3)
    • SPECFLD 385 (2)

    Summer Year One 

    First 3-Weeks

    Second 3-Weeks

    • SPECED 466 (3)

    • SPECED 406 (3)

    Fall Year Two – Third Semester

    First 8-Weeks

    Second 8-Weeks

    • SPECED 360 (3)
    • SPECED 326 (3)

    • SPECED 440 (3)
    • SPECED 462 (3)
    • SPECFLD 485 (2)

    Spring Year Two – Fourth Semester

    First 8-Weeks

    Second 8-Weeks

    • SPECED 458 (3)
    • SPECFLD 410 (2)
    • SPECED 487 (3)

    • SPECED 465 (3)
    • SPECED 486 (3)

    Summer Year Two

    First 3-Weeks

    Second 3-Weeks

    • SPECED 473 (3)

    • SPECED 475 (3)

    Fall Year Three
    15-Week Directed Teaching

    • Requirements: Letter of support from school district, 3.0 GPA or Praxis II, Grades C or better in all major courses. Recommended: Passing of WI Foundation of Reading Test.

    SPECFLD 489 A (6) D (5) ID or B (3)C(3)D(5) EBD/LD AND SPECED 480 (3)

    Program Completion Requirements
    Pass Phase 4 Portfolio, edTPA and Directed Teaching

    Students may be required to take additional courses for program admission based on academic report.

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    To ensure a high-quality student group, all students in the Bachelor’s in Special Education must meet the requirements below.

    Students transferring in college credits must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 or appropriate ACT/SAT/CORE scores

    To be considered students must provide proof of the following:

    • School Affiliation documentation used for program Fieldwork Placement
    • School Affiliation documentation used for Directed Teaching Placement

    For next steps complete the Request Information form and a program representative will be in touch.

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    There are several application paths an online bachelor's student might take including as transfer, reentry, freshman, or second-degree seeking applicants. You may even be an international applicant.

    If you aren’t sure which application path to follow or need help completing the UW-System E-Application, view the Application Tips PDF or complete the Request Information form and a program representative will get in touch with you.

    Transfer applicants

    Transfer applicants are students that have attended another college or university (including having earned an associate’s degree) but have never attended UW-Whitewater. You will find detailed application and transfer information at University Admissions.

    Reentry applicants

    Reentry applicants are students that have previously attended UW-Whitewater. Application information can be found at University Admissions

    Freshman applicants

    Freshman applicants are students that have never attended a college or university. If you have never attended a college or university, regardless of age, you would be considered a freshman applicant. You can find application information for freshman applicants at University Admissions

    Second-Degree seeking applicants

    Second-Degree seeking applicants are students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and would like to pursue another. If you would like to earn another bachelor’s degree, you can apply to UW-Whitewater’s online bachelor's program as a special student with full credentials. To complete your degree, you would only need to fulfill the College of Letters and Sciences BA or BS requirements and the requirements for the major you choose.

    Unofficial Transcript Review

    Transfer, Reentry, and Second-Degree Seeking students, can request an unofficial transcript review. An unofficial review will give you an idea of which of your credits might transfer and how those transfer credits might apply to the online bachelor's program. To request a review, complete a request more information form and a program adviser will get in touch with you.

    You can also determine potential transfer credit by using Transferology. Transferology is a fast and free way to determine how credits may transfer from one institution to another.

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    The online bachelor’s program at UW-Whitewater is a superior value with courses under $399 USD per credit for Wisconsin resident and under $850 USD per credit as a non-resident for the 2023-24 academic year.

    Visit the Tuition and Fees webpage for complete information.

    Course materials

    Textbook rental is included in the cost of tuition for many courses through the University Bookstore's Textbook Rental program.

    Financial aid

    Students completing a certificate with a degree program may be eligible for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, or employment. All of these make up a “Financial Aid Package” and may be offered singly or in various combinations. Since funds are limited, priority for aid is based on financial need and how promptly applications are filed. To find out, or if you have other financial aid questions, contact the financial aid staff person assigned to you or try uwwfao@uww.edu or 262-472-1130.