About Special Education (SPED)
Welcome to the St. Cloud State University's Department of Special Education program. Faculty members in the Special Education Department are committed to preparing high quality teachers for students with disabilities. We offer programs leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree (plus licensure) and the Master of Science Degree.We also award three Graduate Certificates that lead to licensure (Learning Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, and Developmental Disabilities) and one certificate program that does not lead to licensure (Autism).
Specific information regarding undergraduate and graduate program requirements may be found in Student Resources, including the Undergraduate Student Handbook, the Graduate Handbook, and information regarding Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations.
The Minnesota Board of Teaching has approved our new undergraduate Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) license. The ABS license is designed for teachers of students with mild-moderate disabilities across multiple disability categories including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Developmental Disabilities (DD), Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (E/BD), and Learning Disabilities (LD). MnSCU approval for this new licensure program is pending.
Graduate Licensure Programs
The Minnesota Board of Teaching has approved five graduate licensure programs: Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Developmental disabilities (DD), Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (E/BD), and Learning Disabilities (LD). MnSCU approval for the ABS and ASD licenses is pending.