Special Education


UW-Stout's Special Education program prepares future educators to teach students across categories of disabilities—including learning, cognitive, emotional and behavioral disabilities—from kindergarten through adolescence, approximately ages 5 through 21. Graduates of this program will receive a Wisconsin teaching license in cross-categorical special education. They will possess competencies to assess their students' vocational readiness, provide a school-to-work curriculum, provide transition services to students with disabilities, and assist families of students with special needs to coordinate with community service providers.

Students who plan to teach may wish to consider the TEACH Grant, a new federal program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. UW-Stout currently participates in the TEACH Grant program. [ /soe/prospective/scholarships.cfm]

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Increasingly, students with disabilities are served in inclusive regular education settings supplemented by cross-categorical support services provided by a special education case manager. When students with disabilities are served outside of regular education classrooms it is typically in a "resource room" where students with various disabilities are provided specialized instruction, either individually or in small groups. Special education teachers also work with general education teachers to develop lesson plans, materials, and tests; adapt curriculum to be appropriate for each students; and teach specific learning strategies and study skills. The special education teacher responsibilities also include assessment, developing individual education and transitions plans, and working with families and other support services.

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» Sample Freshman Schedule

Freshman English - Composition or Freshman English - Honors I
Fundamentals of Speech
Introduction to Special Education
General Psychology
Concepts of Math
Technology Elective

Freshman English – Reading or Freshman English – Honors II
American Government
Introduction to Biology
Physical Science
Foundations of Education
Health and Physical Education
Elementary Statistics



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» Courses You May Take in the Major

Introduction to Special Education
Introduction to the special education profession. Survey of the history, philosophy, mission, legislation, issues, organization, and resources associated with the profession; and introduction to the professional standards and content guidelines.

Introduction to Individuals With Cognitive Disabilities
Introduction to etiology of mental retardation; psychological, educational, social and vocational aspects; adjustment techniques used in working with mentally retarded persons.

Learning Disabilities
Identification, remediation and evaluation of learning disabled; intervention techniques used with adolescents and adults.

Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education
Introduction to the history and purposes of EC-SE programming, legislation, population receiving services, family intervention, intervention models and issues.

Mild Disabilities: Social Studies and Science
Curriculum and methods of teaching students with mild cognitive, learning, and emotional/ behavioral disabilities in the content areas of social studies, science and in general education. Strategies that facilitate integration, improve maintenance and generalization of skills, promote transitions, increase self-awareness and self-management, and compensate for learning deficits.

Introduction to Communication Disorders
Nature, causes of and methods used when working with individuals who have speech and language disorders.

Emotional and Behavioral Problems of Children and Adolescents
Assessment, identification and evaluation of emotional and behavioral disorders of learners middle childhood through adolescence, including methods of observing, diagnosing, documenting and interpreting. Characteristics of emotional and behavioral disabled learners, including potential concomitant physical, cognitive, or sensory disabilities and psychological, social and environmental factors contributing to childhood emotional and behavioral disorders.

Schools, Families and Community Collaboration
Theory, general principles and procedures for fostering collaborative partnerships among families, professionals, students and other service providers. Focuses on families with children who have disabilities.

Adaptive Angler Education
Methods of teaching basic and adapted fishing skills to individuals with disabilities. Successful completion results in Wisconsin DNR Angler Education Instructor certification.


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Amy Schlieve, Program Director
119A Heritage Hall
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790

Phone: 715/232-1332
E-Mail: schlievea@uwstout.edu

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