This application process guides you through how to apply to MEd licensure programs in special education. You're in the right place if you're applying for the academic behavioral strategist (ABS), Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH), DD, emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) - residency based, or early childhood special education (ECSE) should. Follow the steps outlined here. Visit the MEd/licensure page for more information on these programs.
You choose when you start. We do not admit students for spring semester start.
The admissions committee considers a variety of factors including your prior academic achievement, relevant employment and life experiences, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.
All complete applications for the following summer or fall semester are typically reviewed 6-8 weeks after the March 1 deadline. For updates on the status of your application, visit the graduate application or send an email to the program.
The Office of Graduate Admission completes a final review of your materials. You will receive your official admission decision via the email address provided on the graduate application.
Required fields: Program Selection, Term Selection, Biographical Information, Personal Background, Special Education MEd and Licensure Programs, Academic History (including transcripts), Test Scores (if applicable), Employment, Materials (including: Personal Statement, Resume/CV, DHH Additional Application-if applicable), and Two Letters of Recommendation
Optional fields: Diversity Statements are optional but highly encouraged. All other fields or application materials are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted. A Writing Sample and Description of Research are not needed.
Choose the appropriate major/degree objective from the drop-down menu based on the statement below that best describes your situation:
Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the graduate application under the "Academic History" section. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review.
If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material.
Report your TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores (non-native English Speakers only) in the "Test Scores" section.
Graduation Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission.
Basic Skills Tests scores are not a requirement for admission to this program.
For rules regarding the policies on required licensure tests, see the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) site.
Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations should be from professors or others who are able to comment on your educational and professional goals and potential.
You must input the names and contact information for each recommendation provider in the graduate application.
Applicants to the residency based emotional and behavioral disorders licensure (MEd): You must be employed by one of our partner school districts and include, as one of your letters of recommendation, a recommendation from your district.
Applicants to earn funding through Project PACT: Please include one additional letter for recommendation for a total of three.
Upload a statement (not to exceed two double-spaced pages) to your application. The statement should describe your professional goals and any experiences you have had that have influenced your professional goals. This statement is an integral part of your application and will be weighted heavily in its evaluation.
If you are applying to receive Project PACT funding, please indicate your interest in Project PACT and your commitment to serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) children and/or children with disabilities.
Upload the essay under "Personal Statement" in the Materials section of the graduate application.
Upload your resume/CV under “Resume/CV” in the Materials section of the graduate application.
If you already have your teaching license, upload a copy under "Graduate Program Additional Material."
Complete the DHH Additional Application, and upload it under "Graduate Program Additional Material." If you know any ASL, you'll also need to include a video recording of your response in ASL to questions included in the DHH application.
Submitting the diversity statement is optional, but highly encouraged, especially for applicants who have experienced hardships or obstacles to complete their previous undergraduate or graduate education (e.g., coming from diverse ethnic, racial, or educational backgrounds; coming from a low-income background; being a first-generation college student). This statement may be used to nominate exceptional applicants for graduate fellowships.
Tip: Tell your story. If you learned from obstacles you personally overcame, write about them. If you grew up with privilege, write about how you discovered your privilege. It might be tempting to write about someone else’s experience, an entire group’s experience, or diversity and inclusion in an abstract way. However, most often, admissions teams want to understand how you personally came to be empathetic, reflective, resilient, and aware of systematic inequalities. Describe how your background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the program and the University’s goals of promoting excellence through diversity.
Upload the essay under “Diversity Statement” in the Materials section in the graduation application.
You may upload a brief statement explaining any extenuating circumstances that may have affected your grades or your test scores under "Extenuating Circumstances Statement" in the Materials section.
Writing Sample and Description of Research are not needed.
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? Learn more about Project PACT and how you can get the funding you need to support your tuition throughout your graduate program!
Note: Additional requirements to your application are necessary to apply for Project PACT.