Learning disabilities teaching licensure and M.Ed.

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Learning disabilities teaching licensure and M.Ed.

Help students with learning disabilities achieve more

In the learning disabilities program, you'll receive the training you need to teach students, kindergarten through grade 12, who experience difficulties in reading, writing, mathematics and information processing. You'll leave the program with your license and the skills you need to help students learn strategies to become independent learners and strive for academic success.

Rated #8 in the nation among special education graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2017


Graduates of the learning disabilities licensure program:

  • Teach in classrooms alongside general education teachers
  • Provide academic strategy instruction in resource rooms
  • Work with students and their families
  • Serve students with learning disabilities, birth through 21-years-old, from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds


All classes are offered in the late afternoon or early evening to allow students to maintain full time employment while completing course requirements. Most courses are taught in person on the Minneapolis campus.

The learning disability and special education M.Ed. program require the completion of 48-51 credits. Your total number of required credits may vary based on previous educational experience or licensures.

Download a sample plan of an LD course schedule.

Note: This plan is an example only. You'll work with your advisor to develop a couse schedule specific to your needs.

Core courses (16 credits)

  • EPSY 5613 – Foundations of Special Education (3cr)
  • EPSY 5605 – Collaborative Practices for the Special Educator (3cr)
  • EPSY 5614 – Assessment and Due Process in Special Education (3cr)
  • EPSY 5616 – Classroom Management and Behavior Analytic Problem Solving (3cr)
  • EPSY 5618 – Specialized Interventions for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities in Reading and Written Language (3cr)
  • EPSY 5705 – Practicum in ECSE / Elementary Settings (1cr)

Required LD licensure courses (30 credits)

  • EPSY 5604 – Transitions from Work to School or Community Settings for Persons with Special Needs (3cr)
  • EPSY 5611W – Research-Based Practices in Academic and Behavior Disabilities (3cr)
  • EPSY 5617 – Academic and Social Interventions for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (3cr)
  • EPSY 5619W – Specialized Interventions for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities in Mathematics (3cr)
  • EPSY 5657 – Interventions for Behavior Problems in School Settings (3cr)
  • EPSY 5627 – Seminar: Advanced Issues in LD (3cr)
  • EPSY 5628 – Characteristics of Moderate/Severe LD (3cr)
  • EPSY 5629 – Strategic Instructional Models (3cr)
  • EPSY 5704 – Practicum in Middle / Secondary Settings (1cr)
  • EPSY 5752 – Student Teaching: Learning Disabilities (6cr)

Required courses for M.Ed. (2 credits)

  • EPSY 5690 – Experimental Teaching Seminar: M.Ed. Culminating Project (2cr)

How to apply

Faculty and staff

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Asha JitendraProgram coordinator

Evaluate the variables that impact children's ability to succeed in school-related tasks, including:

  • Materials analysis
  • Instructional and assessment analysis
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Kathy SeifertLearning disabilities licensure and M.Ed. program coordinator

  • Adult literacy
  • Effective teacher preparation


Program contact

Alicia Vegell, program staff special education



University contacts

Disability Services