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School of Education

School of Education Special Education Degree

Major, Minor, Undergrad Teaching Certification

Help children of all abilities flourish

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 K-12 Cross Categorical Special Education. 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 (birth-3rd grade) or earn additional minors or certificates.

Why study Special Education at UW-Stevens Point?

Our program provides students with frequent opportunities for hands-on learning in PK-12 classrooms and schools. This includes 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.
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Field Experiences

The responsibility of the Office of Field Experiences is to provide quality field experiences for students enrolled in the teacher education program at UW-Stevens Point. These experiences, such as student teaching, involve our students and instructors in practical activities with cooperating teachers and administrators in actual schools and educational agencies.
Hired Before Graduation
Elementary Education; Special Education

Hired Before Graduation

Kayleigh Beaudo ’22

Kayleigh Beaudo was hired before graduation at Rothschild Elementary in the D.C. Everest Area School District as a 4th/5th grade cross-categorical special education teacher.
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Ranked #2 in the U.S.

For the second year in a row, the education program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has been ranked second in the nation according to Study.com.
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Community and Centers

Through many School of Education centers and programs, our students may observe the development process in young children and then apply principles discussed in teaching method classes to real life situations.
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Alumni Map

Where are they now?

UW-Stevens Point School of Education alumni live and work all over the world—so if you’re looking for networking opportunities close to a new home or contact info for fellow Pointer in another city, you’re in luck. Looking for a fellow UWSP teacher near you? Start with our map.
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What to Expect? 

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. We allow our students to student teach anywhere within Wisconsin, as well opportunities in the Lower Kuskokwim School District in Alaska, pending availability of appropriate assignments.

UW-Stevens Point graduates in the School of Education typically have some of the highest placement rates of full-time teaching jobs within their first year after graduation across the UW System.​ For example, nearly 100% percent of our recent special education graduates have been hired within one year of graduation. 

Our alumni are high-quality educators who experience high career success. 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 varied professional development opportunities, 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, Early Childhood Educators, 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.

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

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.
Sydney Bueno

Sydney Bueno

  • Assistant Professor – Special Education
  • Director – School of Education Graduate Programs
  • Liaison – Project Search
  • College of Professional Studies Diversity Task Force
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Nikki Logan

Nikki Logan

  • Associate Professor – Education
  • Coordinator – Special Education
Uzeyir Ogurlu

Uzeyir Ogurlu

  • Assistant Professor – Education
  • Statistical Specialist – Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability
  • College of Professional Studies Diversity Task Force
Mariah Pfundheller

Mariah Pfundheller

  • Instructor – Special Education
  • Coordinator – Integrated Curriculum Block
  • Co-Adviser – Student Council for Exceptional Children
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DPI Accreditation

UW-Stevens Point’s teacher education programs are accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.