Learning Disabilities + Cognitive Disabilities

Teachers for today’s classrooms

If you’re thinking about studying special education, UW-Eau Claire has some facts you should know about. For instance, Blugolds outperform the state averages on the reading, Praxis II and edTPA exams, which are the benchmark exams for licensure in the state. In fact, for the first try at the new Special Education edTPA, of the top 10 scores, 6 students were Blugolds. We hate to try to boil the program down to test scores, but it’s a big part of completion and our students are setting the bar very high, making this one of the top programs in the region.

This comprehensive major (no minor required!) will certify you to teach special education in grades 1-12. The degree plan has been set up to be the most efficient progression possible, rich with multiple opportunities to observe and participate in area classrooms throughout your program, all designed to prepare you for student teaching and career success. Blugolds enter this program as students and leave as highly-trained and experienced professionals.

Student Teachers

Job options on the horizon

This degree in special education will prepare you to give back in your community in really big ways. In fact, before you even graduate, you will have had hundreds of hours of direct impact in this community through service, observation, student-teaching and other experiences that anchor this program.

And for those graduates who wish to take their skills outside of the standard school setting, our alumni have landed jobs in areas like curriculum development, research, instructional materials development, mental health facilities, rehabilitation agencies and hospitals. Your skills and experience with youth will be in high demand. Get ready to make lives better!

Suggested freshman coursework

  • Writing requirement
  • Math for Elementary & Middle Teachers
  • Intro to Diverse Learners
  • General Biology
  • Computers in Education
  • Speech
  • School and Community Exp in Special Ed
  • Intro to Visual Arts
  • Humanities course
  • Social science course
  • Physical Education

See admission requirements for declaring this major, done after freshman year. Once admitted, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will assist you with the details of your degree plan. Or find more details about course specifics, see the current course catalog.

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