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Become a special education teacher

Attend an upcoming info session

Join us for information on the Department of Educational Psychology's new Global Seminar on Teaching & Learning in Danish Schools & Communities which will launch in May 2023.

Jan. 23 and 25

5 to 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Central

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Feb. 17 and 22

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Central

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Special education BS with academic strategist teaching licensure

Earn your bachelor's of science in special education and academic behavior strategist (ABS) teaching license in four years.

Masters of Education (MEd) with or without a teaching license

Advance your expertise for work within school systems while also having the option to become eligible to obtain a teaching license from one of our teacher licensure programs.

Available teaching licensures

Academic and Behavior Strategist (ABS) teaching licensure

The ABS license program leads to eligibility to obtain an initial teaching license or an additional license added to another teaching license to expand the age range and/or types of students a teacher is licensed to teach. An ABS license qualifies you to work with students in K-12 schools or age 18-21 transition programs who may have a broad range of mild to moderate disabilities in the following areas:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Emotional and behavioral Disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Other health disparities

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) teaching licensure

In the DHH program, you'll receive the training you need to teach students, birth through age 21, with diverse backgrounds and hearing levels. Our graduates earn the qualifications needed to apply for licensure in the state of Minnesota as an initial or additional license and the skills needed to improve education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students and their families. You’ll leave the program ready to incorporate best practices into teaching, help students develop their identities, and promote respect and equity for ASL/English and cultural diversity.

Early childhood special education (ECSE) teaching licensure

Help young children with developmental delays and disabilities succeed. In the ECSE program, you'll prepare to teach young children, birth through age six, with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities. This program leads to eligibility to obtain an ECSE license as either an initial teaching license or an additional license added to another teaching license to expand the age range and/or types of students a teacher is licensed to teach. You'll leave the program with the skills to: identify the need for early intervention; provide research-based services to children and their families in their home.


Special education minor for master's students

Complement your master’s degree with the knowledge and skills to improve the way your field supports people with disabilities by earning a graduate minor in special education.

Students wishing to pursue this graduate minor must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Minnesota. Students with an educational psychology major may elect a minor in special education, but no courses may count for both the major and the minor.

Add an online autism spectrum disorder certificate

While the online ASD certificate does not prepare you to be a licensed teacher in the field of ASD, it does provide a focused set of expertise and an additional credential that may be embedded into other teacher licensure or MEd degree programs with minimal additional coursework.