Special Education

Phone: 715-346-2040
Email: education@uwsp.edu
Website: www.uwsp.edu/specialed


UW-Stevens Point Special Education graduates at work

  • Margaret Golbach '11Special Education Teacher in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
  • Kjersten Olson '10K-5 Special Education Teacher in La Farge, Wis.
  • Austin Schwenke '12Special Education Teacher in Marinette, Wis.


Phone: 715-346-2040
Email: education@uwsp.edu
Website: www.uwsp.edu/specialed

Choose Special Education at UW-Stevens Point

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point was founded in 1894 as the Stevens Point Normal School, whose primary purpose was to prepare future teachers. Today, teacher preparation remains an integral part of our mission and we continue to be at the forefront of innovation in our field. 

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.

The special education major is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program at UW-Stevens Point that focuses on the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to teach children with special needs. In addition to the special education major, students complete a minor in one or two of the following specialties: cognitive disabilities (CD), emotional behavioral disabilities (EBD) and/or learning disabilities (LD).

Successful candidates in the special education program earn a bachelor's degree and Wisconsin teaching license in cross categorical special education in addition to licenses associated with their minor specialty area: cognitive disabilities, emotional behavioral disabilities and/or learning disabilities.

Students majoring in regular education may earn a license in cross categorical special education and a specialty area (CD, EBD, LD) by minoring in a special education specialty area.

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.​ More than 85 percent of our recent special education graduates have been hired within one year of graduation.

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.

Building your résumé

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.

You can also earn UW-Stevens Point academic credit with a life-changing adventure through the Office of International Education study abroad trips. A spring break trip to Liverpool, England, offers students an opportunity to compare British and U.S. educational systems. A summer trip to Namibia, Africa, provides students with a highly diverse teaching experience at Namibia's National Institute for Special Education.

Outside the classroom

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.

Student organizations are vital contribution to your pre-professional experiences. As such, the School of Education sponsors the following organizations: Association for the Education of Young Children, Kappa Delta Pi, Student Council for Exceptional Children, Student Wisconsin Education Association and the Student Council for the Social Studies.

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.

Student support services

The School of Education Academic and Career Advising Center is open year-round and coordinates academic advising support for education majors. Professional academic advisers develop personalized graduation plans for each student and provide preparatory support for the Praxis Core, Praxis II and the Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin. Students are assigned faculty advisers when they're admitted to the program.

With the ever-changing role of technology in teaching, the UW-Stevens Point Innovation Space allows students to explore, learn and teach. You can connect your devices to one of two monitors to collaborate on group work or assignments. State-of-the art technology can also be used to connect with K-12 classrooms around the world.