Equity, Diversity, Excellence, Inclusion

Are you looking for a calling as well as a career? Then consider the rewarding field of exceptional education.

The Exceptional Education department at UWM trains current and future educators who are passionate about teaching and serving individuals with disabilities. UWM has always been a pioneer in this field: Its predecessor, the Milwaukee State Teachers College, created the first college-level special education training programs in Wisconsin nearly a century ago , and UWM is still the only university in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language.

Today, our students learn the specialized skills, latest technologies and best practices needed to serve this unique population — and land a job in this growing field. Exceptional students need exceptional teachers, and UWM’s graduates are ready to meet the challenge.

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Our Programs

Our Projects

The Redesign Initiatives Project for Urban Special Education Teacher Preparation is a five year grant from the U.S. Department of Education (2011-16) that will result in the redesign and restructuring of UWM’s special education teacher preparation program at the elementary and middle school level.

Post-Baccalaureate Admissions Page

Visit our Post-Baccalaureate Special Education Teacher Certification Admissions page for application materials, information session dates, and additional information.

Questions can be directed to Wansheba Barnes, wgt@uwm.edu or (414) 229-3087.

Contact Us

(414) 229-5251

Mailing Address

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Department of Exceptional Education
School of Education
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201


Enderis Hall, Room 610
2400 E. Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - .5:30 p.m.
Fridays, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Our Department History

Exceptional Education Department History