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Explore the teaching - learning disabilities minor at UW-Eau Claire

The teaching - learning disabilities minor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers a direct path to students who want teacher licensure in specific learning disabilities for early adolescence through adolescence or for middle childhood through early adolescence. Coursework throughout the minor prepares you to work with diverse learners, including those with communication disorders, intellectual disabilities, sensory and physical disabilities, specific learning disabilities and emotional behavior disabilities. Exploring the causes, educational problems and intervention programs associated with specific learning disabilities, you'll learn how to best plan, adapt, deliver and evaluate instruction in a special education classroom.

A key component of the minor is providing students with real-world, professional experience. Through several school-based experiences, you will have the opportunity to build professional networks and discover new ways to present all levels of content to all types of learners. More than 100 hours of observation and aiding in the classroom will prepare you well for your half-semester student teaching, where you will work with children with special needs.

As a future educator, you will play a critical role in the lives of others. Our teaching - learning disabilities graduates go on to pursue rewarding and impactful careers, advocating for all learners and changing the lives of the children they serve for the better.

The teaching - learning disabilities minor is only for students in the College of Education and Human Sciences: Education Studies and can be paired with any education major. 

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Real-world preparation. Through dozens of hours observing, student-teaching or participating in clinical experiences, you'll gain important skills related to language development, behavioral management and classroom management. The opportunity to develop and add to a portfolio will give you a leg up when interviewing for potential teaching jobs.

Up-to-date practices. Expert faculty throughout the minor will provide you with knowledge of special education procedures as outlined by current federal legislation. Through unique coursework, projects and school-based experiences, you'll learn best practices and the latest techniques in areas like contingency contracting, behavior counting and charting, reinforcement systems and behavior therapy.

Relevant student organizations. Many UWEC students choose to take their education to the next level by joining a student organization. Right on campus, you'll find the Best Buddies and the Aspiring Educators clubs, student groups that bring attention to the needs and rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These organizations are best known for bridging gaps and making connections that lead to positive, local change. 

UWEC has given me the confidence that I have the ability to make the world a better, more inclusive place — especially as an educator.

Allyson Breyer Special Education and Learning Disabilities

Classes for teaching - learning disabilities minors may include:

Learn more about the teaching - learning disabilities (EA/A) minor in the UWEC catalog.

Learn more about the teaching - learning disabilities (MC-EA) minor in the UWEC catalog.

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