MA Urban Special Education

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Urban Special Education is designed for students seeking to be certified in Cross Categorical Special Education at the middle and high school level and desire to teach in diverse settings and urban environments. 


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The Master of Arts in Urban Special Education is designed for individuals who desire to work in special education programs in high-need schools. This 37-credit program has an urban focus that aims to prepare teachers for culturally and linguistically diverse settings.

A unique aspect of this program is the assignment of a mentor to each candidate. The mentor supports candidates within their classroom on a weekly basis, helps them navigate their role as a special education teacher, and helps them apply content that they are learning into university courses.

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Program Format

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 the program.

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.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (August)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition.

Application Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Passing scores in all three sections of the Praxis Core (a passing score within the past 10 years on the ACT, SAT or GRE can be accepted in place of the Praxis Core)
  • Passing score on the Praxis II: Middle School Content Knowledge Test (#5146)
  • Access to classroom environment for at least 3.5 hours per day
  • Two attitude disposition questionnaires
  • A personal essay of no more than two pages delineating reasons for seeking teacher certification, life experiences that may have affected this career choice, and the reasons candidates are interested in becoming an urban special educator

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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