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.
Conduct research in special education and train other researchers and special educators.
Conduct research and work toward your PhD
Prepare to become a board certified behavior analyst.
Choose from two tracks.
Earn your bachelor's of science in special education and academic behavior strategist (ABS) teaching license in four years.
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.
Earn your MEd and become licensed to teach individuals with disabilities from birth to age 21.
Earn your degree and teaching license in four years. Upon graduation, you'll be certified to teach students with mild-moderate disabilities in K-12 and 18-21 transition programs
Our Academic Behavior Strategist (ABS) license qualifies you to work with students with mild to moderate disabilities in the following areas:
We also offer core licenses which do not require an ABS license and allow for specialization in the following areas:
Assist children and youth with ASD and their families. This program offers professional development opportunities for autism resource specialists, public and private social service agency staff, personnel at public and private schools, treatment facility personnel, and psychology and education professionals.
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."
Create conditions for successful response to intervention of academically diverse learners by: