Equity, Diversity, Excellence, Inclusion

Are you looking for a fulfilling career in which you can REALLY make a difference?

Then consider the rewarding field of exceptional education. We are a diverse department with two major emphases:

  • American Sign Language Studies and ASL/English Interpretation
  • Preparation to Work with Students with Disabilities (Special Education Teacher Certification (Undergraduate and Post Baccalaureate), Teaching Certificates, Masters degrees, and Urban Education doctoral specialties.)

American Sign Language Studies & ASL/English Interpretation

American Sign Language Studies – Undergraduate program and Minor

ASL/English Interpretation – Undergraduate program

Special Education Teacher Certification

The Exceptional Education department at UWM prepares current and future educators who are committed to teaching students with disabilities and have the knowledge and skills to do so. Upon successful completion of the teacher certification program, you will be eligible to apply to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for a special education teaching license in our state.

UWM has always been a pioneer in this field: Its predecessor, the Milwaukee State Teachers College, created the first college-level special education preparation programs in Wisconsin nearly a century ago. Exceptional students need exceptional teachers, and UWM’s graduates are ready to meet the challenge.

We offer teacher certification in the following areas. Please click on the program title to get information about the programs and how to apply.

Special Education Early Childhood

Special Education Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence

Special Education Early Adolescence – Adolescence

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Online

Graduate Programs

Post baccalaureate students have the option to combine teacher certification with a master’s degree program. Additionally, we have a masters’ option involving a specialized focus other than certification. Please click on the program title for information.

Master of Science in Exceptional Education

Additionally, students in the Urban Education Doctoral degree program can specialize in Special Education. Please click on the program title for information.

Urban Education Doctoral Program

Certificate Programs

Our certificate programs provide in-depth knowledge and experience and can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. Please click on the program title to explore our two certificate options.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Transition for Students with Disabilities

Our Projects

Redesign Initiatives Project for Urban Special Education Teacher Preparation

We are excited to work with many partners in redesigning elements of our program. Through a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, we are working to ensure that our graduates experience a highly effective innovative program that positions them to make a difference in the lives of their students. To learn more about the project initiatives, visit our Redesign Initiatives Project for Urban Special Education Teacher Preparation website.

Post-Baccalaureate Admissions

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

For individualized information, please contact Maggie Kaczmarek, (414) 229-6675 or kaczmarm@uwm.edu.

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

(414) 229-4721

Mailing Address

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

Our Department History

Exceptional Education Department History