Special Education

Students in special education at UW-Stevens Point have a passion for working with people with disabilities and find it to be a rewarding career choice. The special education major is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that focuses on the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach children with special needs in the state of Wisconsin. Program completers are licensed in cross-categorical special education. Successful candidates in the program earn a bachelor's degree and Wisconsin teaching license in Cross Categorical Special Education, grades K-12. Our graduates are well prepared to engage students in inquiry, facilitate learning, develop curriculum and use student data to inform instruction.

In addition, students may choose to double major in elementary education, grades K-9, minor in early childhood special education, grades PK-3 or earn additional minors or certificates.

Praised for its program outcomes, graduation and retention rates, advising services, student organization opportunities and vast program options, UW-Stevens Point was ranked second in the U.S. on Study.com’s Best Colleges for Education Majors list.

Explore Career Opportunities in Special Education

UW-Stevens Point graduates in the School of Education typically have some of the highest career outcome rates in full-time teaching jobs within their first year after graduation in the UW System.​

Our alumni are high-quality educators who experience high job-placement rates. They are responsive to the needs of their students and positively impact our diverse world. See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Get Involved on Campus

Through volunteer opportunities and innovative teaching approaches that put you in a K-12 classroom, you’ll be an active learner closely involved in real-world situations designed to ensure your professional success.

Our students are academically engaged, highly motivated and actively involved at the local, state, national and international levels. Student organizations are vital to your pre-professional experiences. As such, the School of Education sponsors the following organizations: Aspiring Educators, Association for the Education of Young Children, Kappa Delta Pi and Student Council for Exceptional Children.

You may be lucky enough to work with one of the Neale Fellows, select teachers whose projects make a difference at their schools and who work jointly with faculty teaching your classes.

Gain Experience Outside the Classroom

Our program provides students with frequent opportunities for hands-on learning in the classroom. Additionally, students engage in practicum experiences working with school-aged children early and often throughout the program.

Student teaching is the culminating experience in the teacher candidate’s academic program of study at UW-Stevens Point. It provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to practice and refine their knowledge and skills under the supervision and guidance of cooperating teachers and our own faculty who have dedicated their careers to education and a lifetime of student learning.

Meet Your Special Education Professors

Our School of Education faculty and staff are caring, involved and committed to student success. They are dynamically responsive to the changes happening in education and offer outstanding support to our students’ professional preparation.

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