Teaching Special Education

The Department of Exceptional Education is committed to the preparation of personnel who teach and serve individuals with disabilities, particularly those in urban settings. Further, we support citizen and professional activities that optimize opportunities for individuals with disabilities that improve educational practices and services.

Bachelor's Degree


Early Adolescence to Adolescence (EAA) Special Education

Earn a Bachelor's degree and be eligible for an Initial Educator Teaching License from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for Cross-categorical special education (license subject 801) at the EAA age level, ages 10-21.

Post-Baccalaureate Special Education Teacher Certifications


For individuals with a Bachelor's Degree who want to be certified to teach in special education settings. Programs are available for individuals with or without previous teaching license or experience.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE, Birth-Age 8)
Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence (MCEA, Ages 6-13)
Early Adolescence to Adolescence (EAA, Age 10-21)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH, Birth-Age 21)

See our Post-Baccalaureate Admissions page for application materials, information session dates, and additional information.

Special Education Internship Program


The UWM/MPS Special Education Internship Program provides opportunities for post-baccalaureate special education certification students who have a commitment to teaching in Milwaukee Pubic Schools (MPS) to meet their fieldwork requirements in a paid position while earning teacher certification.

The internship is open to students admitted into the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), Middle Childhood to Early Adolescence Special Education (MCEA), or the Early Adolescence to Adolescence Special Education (EAA) programs.

Learn more: Internship Eligibility

Master's Degrees


Exceptional Education

Individuals can complete a Master's degree in Exceptional Education as part of a Post-Baccalaureate program, or as an Individual Focus Master's.

The goal of our program is to further prepare educators to serve as change agents in their schools and communities toward promoting the full participation of individuals with disabilities. Our degree is intended to help students develop strategies and new ways of thinking in a wide variety of contexts, with particular emphasis on working within a multicultural and urban context.

Doctoral Degrees


Urban Education Ph.D. with specialization in Exceptional Education

The doctoral specialization in Exceptional Education emphasizes collaborative work between students and faculty toward examining and addressing critical issues in the field within the urban context.

Undergraduate Certificates


Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Certificate

A foundation for the pursuit of potential careers in special education or therapeutic service provision in community based agencies. The course work and field experiences are designed to increase the knowledge and awareness of individuals who live and work with individuals with ASD in different settings.

Online and Distance Education Programs


Online Master's and Teacher Certification in Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Students can complete requirements for a graduate degree in Exceptional Education with Wisconsin certification in Deaf/Hard of Hearing through distance education.

The Department of Exceptional Education also offers a number of courses in on-line and hybrid (face to face and on-line combined) formats. Please consult the UWM Schedule of Classes for these listings.