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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 academic behavioral strategist (ABS), Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH), DD, emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) - residency based, or early childhood special education (ECSE) should. 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 for admission to this program.

For rules regarding the policies on required licensure tests, see the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 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 the graduate application 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 graduate application.

Student profile

"I am currently a teacher at Transition Plus, enrolled as a full-time graduate student and continuing my music career of the past 8-10 years. My life is crazy, stressful, and amazing. I love it."

How to apply

Start your graduate application

Upload and submit all application materials, including transcripts, directly to the graduate application. 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 and Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Personal Statement, Resume/CV, 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.

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 graduate 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 the graduate application.

Applicants to the residency based emotional and 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

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 graduate application under “Resume/CV.”

Copy of teaching license (if applicable)

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

Deaf and 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

Diversity Statement

Submitting the diversity statement is optional, however, you are encouraged to submit a statement (per the instructions provided in the graduate application) 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.


Project PACT

Are you interested in a teaching license in Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH), Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS), or cross collaboration between the two? Apply to Project PACT to get funding you need to support your tuition throughout your graduate program!

College of Education and Human Development Funding

Visit the College of Education and Human Development’s Tuition, Aid, and Funding page.