Improve outcomes for individuals who require specialized support to achieve success throughout their lifespan. At the University of Minnesota, we are committed to engaging in meaningful research—and to bridging research and practice—to improve the lives of children and families in diverse contexts, and to have a lasting impact on teacher education, leadership, and policy.
Prepare to be an innovative researcher and engage in leadership that shapes the field of special education.
Conduct research and gain experience that is valuable to careers in research and practice as well as a future PhD.
Prepare to become a board certified behavior analyst.
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.
Choose from two tracks.
Earn your bachelor's of science in special education and academic behavior strategist (ABS) teaching license in four years. Upon graduation, you'll be eligible to be certified to teach students with mild-moderate disabilities in K-12 school systems.
Gain expertise in the field of special education to expand its reach in schools and society. This degree does not lead to a teaching license.
Become eligible to obtain an ABS teaching license to work with students in K-12 schools with a broad array of mild to moderate disabilities. This licensure program may be combined with the BS or MEd degrees.
Become eligible to obtain a DHH teaching license to teach students from infancy through age 21 who are Deaf or hard of hearing. This licensure program may be combined with the MEd degree.
Become eligible to obtain an ECSE teaching license to teach young children and their families from infancy through age six who experience a broad array of disabilities. This licensure program may be combined with the MEd degree.
This program is currently closed for admissions while it is reinvisioned for the future.
Obtain a certificate that demonstrates advanced expertise in working with individuals with ASD in school settings. This certificate does not lead to a teaching license, but may be combined with one of our other teaching licensure programs. The certificate program is available to any undergraduate or graduate student.
These no-commitment courses may be taken as part of a non-degree seeking graduate classes in special education or as an opportunity to explore classes and to earn graduate credits that may be applied toward an MEd and/or licensure in special education (at the U of M or elsewhere) when you’re ready.
Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.
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 the funding you need to support your tuition throughout your graduate program!
PhD only: Submit your application materials by December 1, and you’ll automatically be considered for Graduate School fellowships and departmental awards based on scholastic achievement. Notification of awards will be sent in March.
The Department of Educational Psychology is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our undergraduate and graduate programs, of our teaching and learning, of our research and clinical practice, and of our outreach and service across fields of educational psychology. Visit our diversity page to learn more about our commitment to diversity and resources for supporting diversity and inclusion.
This program is what the education field needs to continue to open doors for educators that know and understand the job. Our program is putting teachers into the community that have a love, desire, and passion to be advocates for our sometimes marginalized students.
GinaMarie Theesfeld, MEd '16
Special education teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools
Read more about GinaMarie's experience.
Create conditions for successful response to intervention of academically diverse learners by: