Learn the art and science of teaching special education for young people from birth to age 21. At the University of Minnesota, we are D-R-I-V-E-N to to prepare the next generation of scientist-practitioners to be:
Our program is designed by leaders in the field of special education who train our teacher candidates, using the IDEAL Problem Solving Model to:
Get more information on our special education professional programs, including the now fully online ASD certificate. Watch a replay of a recent info session.
If you already hold a bachelor's degree, you may choose to just pursue a teaching license or a teaching license with a master of education (MEd) degree. Most of our students choose to obtain their MEd at the same time as their license. However, those who already hold a Minnesota teaching license may obtain a teaching license in another area in fewer credits. Most still see a benefit to also obtaining an MEd degree if they do not already hold a masters degree.
Most of our graduate classes are offered in the evenings, with several offered fully online, to allow many students to continue to work while enrolled.
A minimum of 30 credits are required for completion of the MEd degree. If the MEd is being combined with an initial teaching license, all degree requirements are included in the licensure requirements. If the MEd is being combined with an additional license for someone who already holds a teaching license, depending on the licensure you choose, an additional 8 - 17 credits may be required, including a final paper/project. Prior equivalent coursework may be substituted for some degree requirements (maximum of 12 credits). You and your advisor will review specific requirements once you are admitted.
Course requirements vary by licensure program. Depending on the licensure you choose and whether or not this is your first Minnesota teaching license, 38-54.5 credits may be required. You and your advisor will review specific requirements once you are admitted.
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:
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.
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, school, and community settings; and, ultimately, help children and families successfully transition to kindergarten.
Help young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. The now fully online ASD certificate program helps educational professionals gain additional expert knowledge and skills for working with individuals with ASD from birth to age 21. While the program 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.
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 funding you need to support your tuition throughout your graduate program!
Project I-LEAD helps fund future special educators or school psychologists interested in supporting students with severe learning disabilities in schools. Get more information on Project I-LEAD.
TEACH Grants are part of a federal program to provide financial support to students who will teach in a high need area at a low-income school for at least four years. Application information is available from Onestop on their grants and waivers page.
The College of Education and Human Development is a community where the staff are knowledgeable, experts within their fields, and provide real life classroom situations. The individuals within CEHD will selflessly make themselves available to you in order to help you succeed and go far. This is how I knew that this was the perfect program for me.
ECSE and DHH program alumni
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