Area residents will have a new degree option at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac and several nearby UW Colleges campuses as a result of a new agreement with UW-Oshkosh to launch a regional bachelor’s degree collaboration in special education in fall 2012.
The new special education degree will be a cross categorical degree and will offer licensure for teaching special education in grades K-12. Freshman and sophomore level courses will be available at the participating UW Colleges campuses which are UW-Fond du Lac, UW-Manitowoc, UW-Sheboygan and UW-Washington County.
As students complete their studies at UW-Fond du Lac or any of the partnering campuses and obtain their Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree, they will transition into UW-Oshkosh junior and senior level courses taught by UW-Oshkosh instructors at Riverview Middle School in Plymouth.
This partnership demonstrates the importance of collaboration in expanding access for the citizens of Wisconsin to high quality educational programs according to Dr. John Short, UW-Fond du Lac Dean and CEO. Area residents seeking new career directions, as well as those already working in education, may find this new degree a viable option for them. School districts will find it helpful as they search for local applicants for open positions.
“A collaborative program such as this one maximizes efficiency in the delivery of a critically needed curriculum, such as special education,” said Short. “Local residents and taxpayers, UW campuses and school districts all stand to gain from this type of program.”
All students enrolled in the program will have access to UW-Oshkosh’s library, technology and other academic support systems, and will have this same access at the UW Colleges campuses.
This new partnership is a unique collaboration and one that will benefit all campuses and districts involved, according to Dr. Fred Yeo, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at UW-Oshkosh.
“We believe that local education is the concern of all of us and (UW-Oshkosh) can play a larger role in bringing our expertise, experience and resources to the table to help school districts improve their teacher corps,” said Yeo. “The students in the K-12 districts that we help support today will often become the college students, new teachers and veteran administrators of tomorrow.”
Yeo added that by bringing this high-need teacher education degree and license to local schools in the area served by UW-Oshkosh and the four UW Colleges, they will be better able to recruit and retain teachers in their communities.
For more information on the new UW-Oshkosh Special Education degree program, contact UW-Fond du Lac student affairs at (920) 929-1122 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.