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Admissions: Special education M.Ed.

This application process guides you through how to apply to M.Ed. licensure programs in special education. You're in the right place if you're applying for the dual M.Ed. A.B.S. licensure programs with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental disabilities (DD) or learning disabilities (LD) anchors. If you're applying to the single program core licensures, including, ASD, Deaf Hard of Hearing (DHH), DD, emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD) - residency based, early childhood special education (ECSE), and LD should also follow the steps outlined here. Visit the M.Ed./licensure page for more information on these programs.

Admissions requirements

Registration requirements: Testing

Graduation Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission

Basic Skills Tests scores are not a requirement at time of admission to this program. However, the University must have your scores by the time of your INITIAL registration to clear the hold placed on your records. When registering for the MN NES Essential Skills Tests, have your scores sent to the University of Minnesota.

For rules regarding the policies for acceptance of previously taken PRAXIS tests, see the Minnesota Board of Teaching site.


March 1: Application deadline for summer or fall of the same year

You choose when you start. We do not admit students for spring semester start.

Review process

The admissions committee considers a variety of factors including your prior academic achievement, relevant employment and life experiences, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.

Admissions decisions

All complete applications for the following summer or fall semester are typically reviewed 6-8 weeks after the March 1 deadline. For updates on the status of your application, visit ApplyYourself or send an email to the program.

The Office of Graduate Admission completes a final review of your materials. You will receive your official admission decision via the email address provided on the ApplyYourself  online application.

"Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” - Bruce Lee

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Jeffrey ChhayM.Ed. student |

Interests: Interested in engaging kids in curriculum who have experienced crises.

Future plans: Jeff is interested in teaching kids with emotional behavior disabilities how to read and write. He grew up receiving special education services as an EBD student himself.

How to apply

Start your application
on ApplyYourself

Upload and submit all application materials, including transcripts, directly to the ApplyYourself admissions system. For additional information on how to apply, visit the Graduate School website.

Graduate school application

Choose the appropriate major/degree objective from the drop-down menu based on the statement below that best describes your situation:

  • “I do not have a teaching license”: Ed-Psych-Special Education-Initial Licensure M.Ed.
  • “I have a teaching license but not a master’s”: Ed-Psych-Special Education-M.Ed. Licensure
  • “I have a teaching license and master’s”: Ed Psych-Special Ed-Additional Licensure
  • “I just want a master’s”: Ed Psych-Special Ed-MEd Only

Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statement #1 (Statement of Interest), Resume, CEHD Special Education Program, Transcripts, and Recommendations.

Optional fields: Awards and Activities, the Diversity Statement, and the Extenuating Circumstances Statement are optional but will be taken into consideration if submitted.

Not needed: Graduate Program Additional Application, Writing Sample, Description of Research or Work Experience, Test Information-Self Reported

CEHD Special Education Program

Indicate your speciality area of interest under the appropriate program option.

Note: You can only be admitted to one area at a time but can indicate a second or third choice.

*EBD residency-based program applicants must provide additional information.

*ABS applicants please choose an add-on area you would like to complete as part of your ABS program.

Please tell us how you heard about the program by selecting an option from the drop down menu.

Application fee

Visit the Graduate School website for more information


Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.

If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.

More information about transcripts and credentials

Letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should be from professors or others who are able to comment on your educational and professional goals and potential.

You must input the names and contact information for each recommendation provider in ApplyYourself.

Applicants to the residency based emotional & behavioral disorders licensure (M.Ed.): You must be employed by one of our partner school districts and include, as one of your letters of recommendation, a recommendation from your district.

English language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)

Students whose native language is not English are required to submit English Language proficiency scores.

More information on English Language test scores

Applicant statement #1 - personal statement

Upload a statement (not to exceed two double-spaced pages) to your application. The statement should describe your professional goals and any experiences you have had that have influenced your professional goals. This statement is an integral part of your application and will be weighted heavily in its evaluation.


Upload in the "Program Supplementary Information" section of the ApplyYourself online application under “CV/Resume.”

Copy of teaching license (if applicable)

If you already have your teaching license, upload a copy into the Program Supplementary Information - Other Credentials

Deaf/Hard of Hearing additional application materials (DHH applicants only)

Complete the DHH Additional Application, and upload it into the Program Supplementary Information - Graduate Program Application section. If you know any ASL, you'll also need to include a video recording of your response in ASL to questions included in the DHH application by inserting the URL for your video into Program Supplementary Information - Link to Portfolio section of the online application.

Optional application materials

Applicant Statement #2–Diversity Statement

Submitting the diversity statement is optional, however, you are encouraged to submit a statement (per the instructions provided in ApplyYourself) if you feel that submitting such an essay will add important information to your application.

Extenuating circumstances

You may upload a brief statement explaining any extenuating circumstances that may have affected your grades or your test scores.

Awards and activities

You may complete the check box question but do not need to upload any additional statement on your awards and activities. Please include all relevant information on your resume.


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