The Inclusion and Accessibility program is designed for those interested in working with students and adults with disabilities in a variety of settings. The focus is on understanding disability and disability policy broadly, along with 9 credits in 3 of the following areas: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Deaf History and Culture, Transition to Post-Secondary Environments, and an International Focus in Disability. This major is for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in non-profit, for-profit, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide services to children and adults with disabilities (Transition Specialist, Job Coach, Line Therapist, Residential Service Provider, international aid agency, etc.).


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.  

Admission to Program

Program Requirements

Students must complete the Core Courses and any combination of three 9-credit strands.

Required for Admission:
ED POL 375Cultural Foundations of Education3
EXCEDUC 300The Exceptional Individual3
Core Courses
EXCEDUC 547Comparative Special Education3
EXCEDUC 548Introduction to Disability Studies3
EXCEDUC 595Technology Applications for Diverse Learners3
EXCEDUC 608Multicultural Learning and Teaching in Special Education3
EXCEDUC 662Collaborative Strategies3
Transition Strand
EXCEDUC 679Critical Issues in Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities (This course required for this strand)3
Choose two:6
Job Development and On the Job Support for Students with Disabilities
Transition Assessment for Individuals with Disabilities
Linking Academics and Self-Determination to Transition Planning
Autism Spectrum Disorders Strand
EXCEDUC 560Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders (GER-OWCB)3
EXCEDUC 561Methods for Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders3
EXCEDUC 585Supervised Practicum in Child and Youth Care3
American Sign Language Strand
EXCEDUC 301American Sign Language I3
EXCEDUC 330Deaf History3
EXCEDUC 352American Deaf Culture3
Global Studies Strand
EXCEDUC 297Study Abroad:9
Electives to ensure 120 credits
Students should work with their academic advisor in selecting the additional elective courses, minor, or certificate.

Requirements for Graduation

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 credits;
  • Completion of university GER;
  • Completion of program requirements;
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0

Advance to Major

Minimum Application Requirements

  • Completion of ED POL 375 or ED POL 530 with a grade of C or better;
  • Completion of EXCEDUC 300 with a grade of C or better; and
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in all UWM coursework by the end of the semester in which you apply

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 People Directory. Your faculty advisor will be listed in your PAWS account. 

Honors in the School of Education

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.