Working hand-in-hand with the UW College of Education’s nationally-recognized faculty, our students develop the expertise to improve the lives and outcomes of students from birth through adulthood. With a shared commitment to making an excellent education a reality of all learners, our programs include a focus on applying current research knowledge and theory to educational services.

Our graduates pursue work in a range of public and private settings as educators, school psychologists and researchers.

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Program Degree

Special Education Doctoral

Create a highly tailored program of study that includes intermediate and advanced coursework in special education as well as outside coursework to gain broader perspective and deeper insight into specialized topics.


Low-Incidence Teacher Education

Prepares special education teachers to meet the individual needs of students with low-incidence disabilities (severe intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities and/or severe behavioral disorders/autism) and their families.

Certificate, M.Ed.

High-Incidence Disabilities Teacher Education (M.Ed./Cert.)

Prepares teachers to serve students with high-incidence disabilities such as learning and emotional/behavioral disabilities. Three degree options: Initial Teaching Certification, Special Education Endorsement, and Master's Only.

Certificate, M.Ed.

Early Childhood Special Education (MEd/Cert)

Two-year program preparing teachers interested in working with young children (birth-8) with special needs and their families. Endorsement in Early Childhood Education (P-3) available.

Certificate, M.Ed.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Prepares professionals to use the science of applied behavior analysis to help improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities.