State Journal highlights U.S. Secretary of Education’s visit to UW–Madison


The Wisconsin State Journal featured U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona’s recent visit to the UW–Madison campus on Monday, Sept. 20, as part of his “Return to School Road Trip.”

Cardona meets with School of Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona speaks with students in UW–Madison’s Special Education Teacher (SET) Residency program.

At UW–Madison Cardona’s focus was on public service, the article explains. One stop he made was at the Memorial Union Terrace to talk with students (and a recent graduate) studying special education through the School of Education’s Special Education Teacher (UW-SET) Residency program — an innovative master’s program in which graduate students take part in a 10-month teaching residency in a partner school, gaining the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of students with disabilities in these districts.

School of Education Dean Diana Hess joined the students, Chancellor Rebecca Blank, Gov. Tony Evers, and Cardona on the terrace, the article notes. Hess said the program “helps small school districts who struggle to hire special education teachers and must turn to untrained individuals with emergency teaching licenses.”

After 14 months, students who complete the UW-SET program graduate with a master’s degree and Wisconsin teacher licensure in special education. Those enrolled also receive a one-year, $38,800 stipend in exchange for their commitment to work in a partner school for three years after earning their master’s teaching degrees.

“One of the things we set out to do in the Biden administration is really lift up the (teaching) profession,” Cardona said during his visit.

To learn more about Cardona’s visit, check out the full Wisconsin State Journal article and this School of Education News article.