The Exceptional Education (Non-Licensure) submajor in the Community Engagement and Education (CEED) BS program allows students to complete their degrees in a flexible format (online or hybrid) while also completing 12 credits that can be used in pursuing post-baccalaureate K4-12 Special Education licensure. The CEED BS program addresses issues of racial and social justice, strategies for supporting students placed at risk in the classroom, approaches for engaging with parents and the community, and much more. The submajor adds content on special education students, methods, teacher collaboration, and literacy. Students who choose not to pursue a subsequent teacher certification are well prepared by the CEED BS with the submajor to serve as paraprofessionals or in other roles in special education and education settings.


General Education Requirements (GERs)

UW-Milwaukee has General Education Requirements that must be met in order to earn a bachelor’s degree. Some of the requirements of your program may fulfill the campus GERs. Please review the requirements and consult with your academic advisor.  

Program Core 

Advanced Expository Writing
Select one of the following:3
Strategies for Academic Writing (OWC-B)
Business Writing (OWC-B)
Technical Writing (OWC-B)
Health Science Writing (OWC-B)
Writing in the Professions: (subtitle, OWC-B)
Lower Division Required Courses
ED POL 111Introduction to Community Action and Change3
ED POL 112Introduction to Community Education, Engagement, and Development3
ED POL 113The Milwaukee Community (GER-SS)3
or ED POL 203 Communities and Neighborhoods in America
ED POL 114Community Issues, Policies, and Solutions3
Lower Division Electives 1
Upper Division Required Courses
ED POL 375Cultural Foundations of Education3
ED POL 506Research Techniques for Community Organizers and Community Educators3
ED POL 534Students Placed At Risk: Deconstructing Risk, Defining Promise3
ED POL 601Foundations of Community-Based Organizations3
Educational Policy Education Courses
ED POL 535Educating Students Placed At Risk: Pedagogies of Engagement3
ED POL 624Gender and Education3
ED POL 625Race Relations in Education3
ED POL 626Antiracist Education3
ED POL 627Theories and Issues of Racial Justice in Education3
Exceptional Education Focus Courses 2
CURRINS 545Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior, and Senior High School3
Choose one:3
The Exceptional Individual
Survey of Exceptional Education (Preferred course)
Child, Learner, Disabilities
EXCEDUC 635Individualized Planning & Instructional Methods3
EXCEDUC 662Collaborative Strategies3
Total Credits54

Students may earn elective units through upper- or lower-division Educational Policy and Community Studies courses, including Prior Professional Educational Experience (see below), transfer units, or other UWM courses.


These courses fulfil requirements that can be used towards second degree/post-baccalaureate teacher certification in the K4-12 Exceptional Education licensure program if a submajor graduate is accepted to the program. Grade of C or better is required for use in second degree/post-baccalaureate. Additional coursework & requirements are needed to complete the licensure program (1-2 years). (Additional second degree/post-baccalaureate requirements include: portfolio; EXCEDUC 680, 681, 532, 587, 601, 679, 486, 488, 588, 636, 574; CURRINS 561, 562 [prerequisite: MATH 175, 176].) Students should discuss details with School of Education academic advisors.

Additional Requirements for Graduation

  • 2.0 UWM cumulative GPA
  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 credits

2.5 UWM cumulative GPA required to continue into Exceptional Education Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program.


Prior Professional Education Experience (PPEE)

A student who has been accepted as a major in Community Engagement and Education is eligible to earn credit for their professional/life experience by demonstrating their competency through essay examinations (PPEE). Credits earned, by passing individual exams with a grade of C or better, will be counted toward the Community Engagement and Education degree in 3-credit blocks. Students pay for one 3-credit course, and all additional credits they receive through the course are awarded without cost. In order to "pass" the course and receive at least 3 credits, a student must attempt 7 of the 14 competency area essay exams listed below.

Competency Areas
Community Perspectives on Human Resource Programs3
Resource Development3
Local Community Systems3
Political/Economic Analysis3
Personal Growth Competency3
Philosophies of Change3
Group Process Skills3
Leadership Issues3
Research Skills3
Change Strategies 3
Educational Advocacy 3
Administrative Skills3
Social Problem Analysis3
Conflict Resolution3

Community Engagement and Education majors wishing to demonstrate their competencies for these credits are required to enroll in the competency examination course, ED POL 100 Community Education I, during their first or second semester of study. PPEE students have the opportunity to earn a maximum of 42 credits, which will only apply toward a Community Engagement and Education degree and only as lower-division electives. Students who leave the CEED program will not be able to use these credits in other programs.

Undergraduate Advising

Our purpose is to provide collaborative, mentoring relationships which promote educational, career, and professional development. We value a student-centered, holistic, and ethical approach to advising based on strong partnerships with students, faculty and staff, and the larger campus community. We are committed to creating a respectful and supportive environment. We encourage students to be self-reliant through informed decisions and choices based upon dissemination of accurate information. We value our own continuous professional development to enhance the quality of the advising experience.

How to Prepare for an Advising Meeting

  • Review your Advisement Report in PAWS.
  • Come prepared with questions or topics for discussion.
  • Make a list of courses you think you should take.
  • Investigate opportunities to prepare for the job you want.
  • Keep a record of your academic progress.
  • Understand you are ultimately responsible for creating your educational, life, and career plans.
  • Maintain honest and open communication with your advisor.
  • Take responsibility for choices you make as a student and member of the UW-Milwaukee community.

Scheduling an Appointment

Office of Student Services
Enderis Hall, Room 209
(414) 229-4721

Graduate Advising

If you are a School of Education graduate student, you may schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor by contacting your faculty advisor directly. Faculty contact information can be found in the Directory. Your faculty advisor will be listed in your PAWS account. 

College of Community Engagement and Professions Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.