Becoming a special education teacher generally requires a bachelor's degree. There are a large number of undergraduate and graduate programs available throughout the United States that prepare special education teachers for licensing and certification. In addition to bachelor's and master's degree programs, there are special certification programs available for those possessing a degree in another field. Students can find programs focusing on early childhood, middle childhood or adolescence special education. Fieldwork and student teaching are typically incorporated to provide experience working with students in a special education classroom.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
The University of Wisconsin - Madison offers both bachelor's and master's programs in special education. At the undergraduate level there is the Bachelor in Education, Special Education major and a dual Special Education-Elementary Education program.
Graduate programs in special education include the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy program. Emphases are available in the master's program, which cover areas such as learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, and developmental disabilities. An EPIC master's program is available, as well, with a focus on autism spectrum disorders. The doctoral program is primarily a research-based program.
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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee's School of Education offers various special education programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. There is the Special Education Early Adolescence - Adolescence program, which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Education. For students who already possess a bachelor's degree, there is an Early Adolescence - Adolescence Post-Baccalaureate program. The program is available as a one-year track, for students with state teaching certification. There is a two-year track for students without any teaching certification. An Early Childhood Special Education major is also offered, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Education. This program is offered in the post-baccalaureate format, as well.
A Master of Science in Exceptional Education program is also offered as a 30-credit degree. For students interested in receiving their teaching certification via this master's program, the completion of one of four available post-baccalaureate programs is required. Standalone master's degree specializations (without teaching certification) include assistive technology, multicultural special education, and early intervention/early childhood.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|University of Wisconsin - Madison||4-year, public; midsize city||BS in Education - Special Education,
BS in Education - Special Education/Elementary Education,
MS in Special Education,
EPIC Master's with Teacher Certification,
Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education
|$10,415 (in-state), $29,665 (out-of-state)*|
|University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee||4-year, public; large city|| Special Education Early Adolescence - Adolescence Major,
BS in Exception Education,
Early Childhood Special Education Major,
MS in Exception Education
|$9,429 (in-state), $19,603 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator