New UW-Oshkosh Special Education Degree to Launch in Plymouth

Regional Program to be Shared with UW-Sheboygan, UW-Fond du Lac and UW-Manitowoc

Southeastern Wisconsin residents will now have a new degree option at UW-Washington County as well as several nearby UW Colleges campuses as a result of a new agreement with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to launch a regional bachelor’s degree collaboration in Special Education.

The new Special Education degree will be a cross categorical degree and will offer licensure for teaching Special Education in grades K-12. The program, which will launch in fall 2012, will offer junior and senior-level courses taught locally at Riverview Middle School in Plymouth by UW Oshkosh instructors. Freshman and sophomore level courses will be available at all the participating UW Colleges campuses, including UW-Washington County, UW-Sheboygan, UW-Manitowoc and UW-Fond du Lac.

The Plymouth School District’s Riverview Middle School has been identified as the location for the degree’s junior and senior level courses. The middle school location will offer participating students direct observation experiences and a convenient commute, since the school is located approximately 25 miles from West Bend .

The purpose of the new degree partnership is an effort to help area school districts meet the demand for special education teachers that has been reported by area superintendents. Area residents seeking new career directions, as well as those already working in Education, may find this new degree a viable option for them, while the area school districts will find it helpful as they search for local applicants for open positions. As students complete their studies at UW-Washington County or any of the partnering UW College campuses and obtain their Associate of Arts and Sciences degree, they will transition into UW Oshkosh junior and senior level courses.

UW Oshkosh has committed to providing high quality baccalaureate education to the residents of our community,” Hardersen said. “This means that those who complete the degrees that we share, such as Special Education, will be very competitive in the job market.  This also means that the school districts will have an increased pool of qualified applicants in a very tight labor market.  Having this program available for the region provides our local schools with an opportunity to grow their own teachers.”

Advising for interested students participating in the program is available at UW-Washington County. Phone Student Services at 262-335-5201 or email to make an appointment.  All students enrolled in the program will have access to UW Oshkosh’s library, technology and other academic support systems, as well as at the UW-Washington County campus library.

A formal signing ceremony for the new partnership will be held from noon to 1pm on September 29 in Room 2223 on the UW-Sheboygan campus. Representatives from all partners involved in the collaboration will be present to officially sign the program’s Memorandum of Understanding and launch the program. All interested students and residents are welcome to attend.



Sue Bausch