Exceptional Education Advising and
Admissions

If you have a bachelor's degree and are interested in applying to a Special Education Teacher Certification Program download the post-baccalaureate application packet for program information and the admissions process. The department application is listed on pages 8-9 of the application packet and includes a complete checklist of the application requirements.

The admission process for the Undergraduate Interpreter Training Program involves meeting University requirements to obtain junior standing, completing pre-requisite course work (including American Sign Language), maintaining a 2.5 GPA, and submission of an ITP application with a personal statement. After students have met these admission requirements, a screening interview is scheduled with the Program Coordinator.

If you already have a bachelor's degree and are applying to the Interpreter Training Program as a Post-Baccaulareate Student, you will need to complete language and admission requirements prior to beginning the Interpreter Training Program professional course work. To begin this process, apply to UW-Milwaukee as a Post-Baccaulareate student. After admission to UWM, you can begin completing the pre-requisite course work. When all admission requirements have been met, there is a separate application and screening interview with the Program Coordinator to complete prior to entering the Interpreter Training Program.

Advisors


Brian Williams
Advisor/Admissions Coordinator
Enderis Hall 610
Phone: 414-229-4750
E-mail: briancw2@uwm.edu

Advisor for the following undergraduate programs:
Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate
Early Adolescence - Adolescence

Advisor and Information Sessions coordinator for the following post-baccalaureate programs:
Early Childhood Special Education
Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence
Early Adolescence - Adolescence
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education
Master's Degree in Exceptional Education

Advisor for the following post-baccalaureate programs:
UWM/MPS Special Education Internship Program


Jen Hayes
Advisor/Sign Language Interpreter
Enderis Hall 697
Phone: 414-229-4663
E-mail: jrhayes@uwm.edu

Advisor for the following undergraduate programs:
American Sign Language (ASL) Studies
Interpreter Training Program
American Sign Language Teacher Education

Advisor for the following post-baccalaureate programs:
Interpreter Training Program
American Sign Language Teacher Education

If you have previous experience in ASL, you can take the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) to determine your appropriate course level and possibly receive retroactive credits. The ASLPI is offered three times a year and costs $165. More information can be found by using the "On This Page" links in the upper right section of the webpage.

Exceptional Education Post-Baccalaureate Information Sessions


The Department of Exceptional Education holds Post-Baccalaureate Information Sessions on a regular basis to explain the programs and the contents of the application packet.

Minimum application requirements: Bachelor's Degree, 2.50 GPA, passing Praxis I test scores or an active 5-year Wisconsin teaching license.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Date: Saturday, October 5th, 2013 - 11:00 am - Noon (RSVP)

Location: UW-Milwaukee, Enderis Hall, Room 103
2400 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Date: Saturday, December 7th, 2013 - 11:00 am - Noon

Location: UW-Milwaukee, Enderis Hall, Room 110
2400 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Information sessions provide a general overview of the Special Education Teacher Certification Programs offered through the Department of Exceptional Education. For individualized information, contact us directly to set up a one-to-one appointment!

For more information about the Post-Baccalaureate Information Sessions, contact us at 414-229-5251 or exed@uwm.edu.

Praxis/PPST Information


The Praxis I test measures basic academic skills. The Praxis II test measures general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills.

Praxis I

Pre-Professionals Skills Assessment (PPST) is designed to measure basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. The reading, writing and mathematics assessments are available in a paper-based or computer based format.

The PRAXIS I should be taken about six months prior to applying for admission to the Department of Exceptional Education. Passing scores on all three sections must be reflected on your UWM transcript in order to be considered for admission to some of the Exceptional Education programs.

Passing Scores Are:
Reading: 175 or Higher
Writing: 174 or Higher
Math: 173 or Higher

If you have difficulty passing any portion of the Praxis I, please contact your advisor prior to taking the test a third time.

Praxis II

This is a subject assessment test the measures knowledge of educators in specific subjects for the K-12 setting. As well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge.

The PRAXIS II should be taken about the end of Spring I or six months prior to student teaching semester of your professional course sequence. Passing scores must be reflected on your UWM transcript in order to be approved for student teaching.

Test Codes and Passing Scores

Major: Early Childhood (Regular and Special Education)
Test Code: 10014
Test Name: Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
Passing Score: 147

Major: Special Education
Test Code: 20146
Test Name: Middle School: Content Knowledge
Passing Score: 146

NOTE: There is no test for Bilingual, American Sign Language, or Italian education.

Praxis Registration and Preparation Information Sheet (PDF)

American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI)


In 1977, the Educational Testing Services (ETS) in New Jersey started to develop an ASL assessment based on their Language Proficiency Interview (LPI) used for evaluation of spoken languages. Today, the ASLPI is used in a variety of settings to verify the level of individuals entering ASL courses. Businesses will utilize the ASLPI to evaluate job candidates and their ability to communicate with deaf people as described in the job requirements.

At UWM, the ASLPI is used as a placement test for students who have a background in using ASL. Ratings are given on a scale of zero to five (0-5). These ratings correspond with UWM ASL courses.

ASLPI Evaluations are set up on an individual and ongoing basis. For ASLPI testing dates and deadlines, please contact Jen Hayes at jrhayes@uwm.edu or 414-229-4663.

American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) Information Sheet (PDF)

American Sign Language - Living Learning Community (ASL-LLC)


The School of Education, Department of Exceptional Education as an established ASL-LLC within Sandburg Residence Hall. The ASL-LLC is a place where students can learn, study, and grow as part of a small community. Students will enjoy a sense of community as you interact with a group of students and professors in American Sign Language courses. The ASL-LLC is a community for students living in Sandburg Hall and is designed to help you feel connected to your fellow students, your instructors, and UW-Milwaukee.

American Sign Language - Living Learning Community (ASL-LLC) Information Sheet