May 31, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
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Special Education, B.S.

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         Special Education, B.S.: 4-year sequence   


The B.S. in Special Education prepares teachers to be reflective practitioners who demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions relative to planning and preparation, the classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities. The UW-Stout framework is compatible with the national Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) knowledge and skill base for all beginning special education teachers. Special education is founded on the philosophy of advocacy for persons with exceptionalities and their families, and of embracing and teaching to individual differences and needs. Special educators must know the characteristics of the learners they serve, possess the skills to design effective interventions and the dispositions to practice within the standards established by CEC.

Curriculum of the program prepares teachers of students with cognitive, emotional/behavioral, and learning disabilities. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work with students with CD, E/ BD, and LD, with an emphasis on Cognitive Disabilities. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work at the early childhood through middle childhood level and the early adolescence through adolescence level.

General Requirements
Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for graduation 120 credits  
General Education 44 credits  
Major Studies 76 credits  

Students must demonstrate proficiency in American Red Cross First Aid procedures, either by verifying current certification with their adviser, or by satisfactory completion of HLTH-340 ARC Standard First Aid and Personal Safety (adding 1 credit to the program credit total).

Note: This program is designed to meet the requirements for licensure in the State of Wisconsin. If you reside outside of Wisconsin, please note that UW-Stout cannot confirm whether this program (or course) meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. Students from other states will need to contact their state regarding licensure requirements.  See the following website for additional information. 

Program Requirements

Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)

Three credits must be selected from RES-A.

Global Perspective (6 credits*)

Complete 6 credits of global perspective (GLP) approved courses, including GLP-approved instructor-led study abroad courses, or complete a program of university-approved work or university-approved study abroad not led by UW-Stout instructors.

General Education (44 credits)

Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (10 credits)

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

Remaining course must be from area including art history/music & theater appreciation, creative/performing arts, foreign language and culture, history, literature, and philosophy​. (No more than one class at the 100 level.)

  • LIT-XXX Any Literature (3 cr.)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

Cross-disciplinary Issues (3 credits)

Courses must be from the list of approved cross-disciplinary issues courses.

Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)

Selectives (7 credits)

Major Studies (76 credits)


* Required courses with a grade point of 2.0 (C) or better. Courses in which a student earns less than the required 2.0 must be retaken and at least a 2.0 earned prior to student teaching.

** Benchmark I completed and Admission to the School of Education required prior to enrollment

Teacher Education Requirements

Students proceed through a series of three benchmarks as they move toward licensure.

Benchmark I: Acceptance into Teacher Education

Teacher education students will begin fulfilling their requirements for Benchmark I as they complete their first 40 credits. Detailed information is online at:

Benchmark II: Application for Student Teaching

Benchmark II must be completed prior to student teaching. Detailed information is online at:

  • Complete electronic portfolio
  • Receive satisfactory portfolio assessment by faculty
  • Pass Content Knowledge Exam
  • Receive clearance through an updated background check
  • Attain a 2.75
  • Complete a satisfactory tuberculosis test
  • Submit copies of resume to the School of Education prior to student teaching
  • Complete Application for Student Teaching form

Benchmark III: Program completion

Benchmark III must be completed before you can be recommended for licensure. Detailed information is online at:

  • Complete electronic portfolio and receive a basic or higher proficiency level of assessment
  • Complete all program coursework
  • Meet all program-specific requirements
  • Student teach at three levels: infant/toddler/preschool, kindergarten and primary.
  • Receive a satisfactory student teaching assessment

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