Emotional and behavioral disorders teaching licensure and MEd (residency-based)

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Emotional and behavioral disorders teaching licensure and MEd (residency-based)

Note: This program is currently closed for admissions for the 2021-2022 school year, while we re-envision it to better meet the needs of pre-service teachers and youth with EBD throughout the state. If you are interested in being a part of the next cohort, please contact your district administrator to explore future partnership.

A re-envisioned future:

Becoming licensed to teach students with EBD, while working as a paraprofessional in an EBD classroom

We are re-envisioning courses within our residency-based program to be offered virtually, so pre-service teachers from across the state can enroll in our licensure program. This program will blend university-delivered instruction with residency-based coaching in classrooms that serve students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). Candidates who complete our nonconventional residency-based program are prepared to be not only excellent teachers, ready for a job working with students with severe EBD, but also leaders poised to implement the most effective evidence-based practices and promote student success.

EBD students in classroom
EBD alumni, Brittany Beaudette, works with students in an EBD classroom. Read more.

Does your district have a partnership with the U of M?

Once the program has been revised, you must be employed as a paraprofessional in a level III or IV classroom by one of our partner school districts and include a written recommendation from the district in your application.

As we expand the reach of our program across the state, we are seeking partnerships with additional districts. If you are a paraprofessional with an undergraduate degree interested in pursuing your EBD teaching license, ask a district administrator whether your district has an existing partnership with the University of Minnesota Twin Cities special education EBD licensure program. In the event the district does not have an existing partnership, interested district administrators should contact Professor Jennifer McComas (jmccomas@umn.edu).


Graduates of the EBD licensure program:

  • Teach in EBD classrooms
  • Consult with special and general education teachers and evaluation team members
  • Serve students pk-21 with severe emotional behavior disorders from a variety of cultural, linguistic and socio-economic background


Details about the revised coursework for the non-conventional emotional and behavioral disorders licensure and special education MEd program will be made available when ready.


Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.

Faculty and staff

Rob Henery head shot

Robert HeneryLecturer

  • Preparing teachers to:
    • Meet behavioral challenges in schools
    • Take on leadership roles in schools and districts
  • Prejudice and stereotyping in school settings
  • Stimulus equivalence
  • Teacher preparation
Jennifer McComas headshot

Jennifer McComasHead emotional behavioral disorders licensure and MEd and special education MA with emphasis in ABA and programs
jmccomas@umn.edu | Lab

  • Functional analysis of problem behavior in educational and residential settings
  • Basic behavioral processes maintaining desirable and undesirable behavior, such as schedules of reinforcement, stimulus control, and establishing operations
  • Behavioral treatment of problem behavior based on concurrent schedules of reinforcement as well as antecedent stimuli
  • Analysis of academic performance of students with behavior problems
Laura Paczkowski headshot

Laura PaczkowskiAcademic advisor

  • Academic advising