Special Education

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Special Education

Collaborative Special Education Degree

Why major in special education?Image of boy working with toy

Being a special educator allows you to make a positive difference in the lives of children with disabilities. Trained to look beyond students’ disabilities to their potential, you will help students succeed in school and beyond.

*National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education (http://jobboard.specialedcareers.org/)

The program

The program prepares you to work in general and special education settings with children and youth who have a wide range of disabilities. In the program you will learn a variety of teaching strategies and methods for developing and adapting materials to match the needs of each student to help them reach their full learning potential. 

Courses will include face-to-face and online instruction as well as a combination of both, depending on the specific class. Field experiences will take place near your home school districts.

Program OverviewImage of student teacher working in classroom

General Education Requirements for the BSE, EC-MC and SPED Completion Degrees

Career potential

Employment in the special education field is expected to increase as fast as average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Job prospects are excellent because many districts report difficulty recruiting adequate numbers of licensed special education teachers.

The U.S. Department of Education reports the number of students with disabilities served under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act continues to increase at a rate higher than both the general population and school enrollment. In Wisconsin, there continues to be a strong demand for special education teachers as well.

Program Contact

Susan Finkel-Hoffman
(920) 424-3005

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh — Where Excellence and Opportunity Meet.