The Master of Arts in Urban Special
Education is designed for students who want to obtain a Cross Categorical
Special Education (#801) license.
Certification may be earned at either the Middle Childhood to Early
Adolescence (1-8th grade) or Early Adolescence to Adolescent level
(6-12th grade). This is a
post-baccalaureate program for individuals who desire to work with learners in
special education programs in high need schools. It has an urban focus that aims to prepare
teachers to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.
Our program serves students
recruited by Teach for America who work towards licensure while they serve as
teachers of record within Milwaukee area schools. We also accept students who are not
affiliated with Teach for America, who might be interested in teaching in urban
schools and want to earn a teaching license in the area of cross categorical
special education at the middle or high school level. Students who are not affiliated with Teach
for America, can either obtain their own employment within a special education
classroom while attending our program, or, if necessary, we can place them in
urban special education environments as they work to meet the requirements of
Unique to our program is the assignment
of a mentor to each teacher candidate throughout the duration of the
program. The mentor supports each
teacher candidate within their classroom on a weekly basis and helps them
navigate their role as a special education teacher as well as apply the content
they are learning in their university courses.
Students in this program will earn
their certification in two years. They
have the option to take 6 credits and earn their Master’s degree as well as
their certification or they can choose certification only.