Special Education

Special Education

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Students in the special education major learn to identify and teach students who have a range of learning, emotional and physical disabilities including mild-moderate autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, emotional/ behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. You will use techniques you learn in coursework in real-life teaching experiences in elementary, middle, secondary and special education programs. When you earn a license as an undergraduate, you also will have completed much of the coursework for additional licenses at the graduate level.

Have another major in mind? That can be paired with a minor degree in special education that will prepare you to work with special needs students in other settings.

Program Highlights

  • Access to current adaptive technology and assessment materials through our Adaptive Technology and Assessment Center.
  • A state-of-the-art Curriculum Technology Center and Instructional Technology Discovery Lab where students can investigate new equipment, methods and literature and access an extensive collection of curriculum materials.
  • Our Community Options 2 (CO2) program, a partnership with St. Cloud school district that is housed at St. Cloud State, gives special education teacher candidates the chance to complete field experience by helping 18 to 21 year olds who have developmental or cognitive disabilities and autism spectrum disorders learn vocational, community and social skills that will help them live successfully in the community.
  • An active student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children opens opportunities for leadership and professional networking.
  • Select classes are available online.

Program Distinctions

  • New Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) license approved by Minnesota Board of Teaching and Minnesota State Colleges and University system available for teachers of students with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders and learning disabilities.
  • Accreditation by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP).
  • Teaching licensure programs approved by Minnesota Board of Teaching.
  • A non-teaching minor in special education is also available to students in majors other than special education. The minor will also allow students planning to do graduate work in special education to complete some of the coursework at an undergraduate level. 

Student Organizations

Continuing Education

Major Minor Online Courses

University Facts & Stats

  • 99% of special education graduates employed
  • 1,421 student field-experience placements in the School of Education
  • More than 200 student organizations
  • $106 million in scholarships loans and grants
  • Top 1% of the most affordable universities in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking

Popular Careers

  • Special Education Teacher/Administrator
  • Adult Education Teacher
  • Teacher/Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Behavioral Analyst
  • Art Therapist
  • Therapeutic Recreation