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Undergraduate programs

Degrees

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.

Careers:

  • Special education teacher in elementary, middle, or high schools
  • 18-21 transition programs
  • Social service agencies

Foundations of special education BS

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.

Careers:

  • Paraprofessional
  • Personal care attendant
  • Community education coordinator
  • Public policymaker
  • Assessment coordinator
  • Due process coordinator
  • Special education parent/student advocate
  • Academic or behavioral interventionist
  • Work with a variety of disability organizations

Minors

Applied psychology in educational and community setting (APECS) minor

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.

Careers:

This minor is a good choice for students who wish to pursue future graduate education in educational psychology, social work, counseling, college student personnel, , teaching, or other related fields.

Educational psychology research minor

Study the psychological processes critical to education. Put your research to work--in local schools and with members of diverse communities--to help our neighbors succeed at school and work.

Careers:

Certificates

Online autism spectrum disorder certificate

As a student in the ASD certificate program, you’ll receive specialized training in assessment, intervention, and treatment evaluation. You’ll leave the program equipped with the most effective instructional and behavioral methods for working with individuals with ASD from infancy to age 21. Additional areas of focus include: ethical issues related to treatment delivery, the need for supervision by qualified professionals, and the limits of candidates’ individual skills.

Careers:

  • Speech-language pathologists, occupational
  • Physical therapists
  • Medical professionals
  • Social workers
  • Educational professionals, including special education majors, who would like to gain additional content knowledge about working with individuals with ASD

Talent development and gifted education certificate

Develop, implement, and supervise programs to teach gifted and talented students in K-12, postsecondary schools and other settings with a certificate in talent development and gifted education.

Careers:

  • Teachers
  • School administrators
  • Education professionals
  • Other individuals with an interest in K-12 and postsecondary schools

Language classes

American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is one of the fastest growing languages in the United States and is the indigenous language of the Deaf community. ASL is a natural, visual, non-spoken language with its own distinct grammatical structure. The shape, movement, and location of the hands, facial expressions and body are used to communicate with one another. ASL as a visual language, uses a different modality of communication compared to spoken languages.

ASL courses at the University of Minnesota can be used to fulfill your second language requirement.

Faculty and staff

To connect with American Sign Language faculty, please visit the ASL program page.

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Robert HeneryLecturer
hener005@umn.edu

  • 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
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Amy KunkelAssistant teaching professor, special education licensure coordinator, ABS program lead
hear0045@umn.edu

  • Response to intervention
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Meta-analysis of educational research
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Suzanne LochSenior teaching specialist
chova001@umn.edu

  • Helping students think critically about the statistics they consume every day
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Jennifer McComasProfessor
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
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Charissa O'NeillField placement coordinator
coneill@umn.edu | Make an appointment

  • Diversity in teacher preparation programs
  • Early intervention
  • Inclusive classrooms
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Laura PaczkowskiAcademic advisor
laurap@umn.edu

  • Academic advising
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Kathy SeifertDirector of undergraduate studies
seif0074@umn.edu

  • Adult literacy
  • Effective teacher preparation
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Martin Van Boekel Lecturer
vanbo024@umn.edu | Lab

  • Cognitive biases (ie., hindsight bias)
  • Academic feedback
  • Memory strategies for improving learning in the classroom
  • Informal learning environments (ie. school-organized sports)