Exceptional individuals require highly skilled educators, specialists, and support staff that can plan and facilitate special education curricula in a safe and engaging environment . The Online MSE in Special Education program is designed to provide an avenue for students with bachelor’s degrees to expand upon their education with the option of two emphases to customize their learning experience.
This program offers a high quality, practitioner-oriented approach that is committed to developing highly-qualified and effective educators, specialists, and support staff that work with exceptional individuals.
The Online MSE in Special Education is a 36-credit program with an emphasis in either Cross-Categorical Licensure or Professional Development. This fully online program can be started any term and at a pace that works best for you. Full-time students can finish in as little as a year and a half.
The Cross-Categorical Licensure emphasis is for individuals seeking either an initial teaching license or to add-on a Cross-Categorical special education teaching license to their existing teaching license(s). Students who already have a teaching license in another area may be able to include some elective options.
The Professional Development emphasis is available to individuals from a wide variety of careers who work with individuals with special needs including currently licensed teachers and individuals in related fields. The Professional Development emphasis is made up of 9 required credits and 27 elective credits, which can include one or more graduate certificates.
More information on each emphasis structure and courses can be viewed in the Graduate Catalog.
To ensure a high-quality graduate student group, all graduate students must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution and meet the criteria provided below.
To qualify for admission to a degree program in good standing, you must have:
In addition, the Online MSE in Special Education program requires that once admitted, students must apply to professional education in order to take advanced teaching methods courses.
Please fill out the request information form if you have questions prior to applying.
The MSE in Special Education with an emphasis in Cross Categorical Special Education is designed for working professionals with a bachelor’s degree who seek initial licensure in special education. Individuals with current emergency licenses are also ideal candidates for this program.
Courses for the Cross Categorical emphasis may include:
Students can complete a 36 credit MSE in Special Education with an Emphasis in Cross Categorical Special Education in as little as a year in a half.
Students must pass a criminal background check prior to admission to professional education.
The MSE in Special Education with an emphasis in Professional Development is designed for currently licensed teachers or professionals in related fields who seek advanced knowledge in special education.
Required courses for the Professional Development emphasis include:
Elective courses for Professional Development emphasis include:
Students must meet the admission requirements outlined in the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Graduate Catalog.
In the Professional Development emphasis, students can include up to three graduate certificates in Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Specialist, and/or Transition Specialist.
Students also have the option to select any combination of 27 elective credits from the courses available in the graduate special education course catalog.
The Online Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis pairs research and experience to prepare professionals to work with individuals with special learning and behavior needs.
The Online Autism Specialist Graduate Certificate is ideal for educators who want to increase their understanding of working with children affected with autism.
The Online Transition Graduate Certificate prepares educators, independent living professionals, and Transition specialists to work effectively with exceptional adolescents and young adults.