Undergraduate Program

The Department of Special Education offers an undergraduate, comprehensive major, which leads to licensure to teach students with learning disabilities (LD), emotional/behavioral disorders (E/BD), or developmental disabilities (DD). Students complete a common sequence of coursework that is paired with field experiences in elementary, secondary, and special education settings.

The Academic and Behavioral Specialist teacher preparation program prepares individuals to teach learners who have special needs that affect their ability to learn. Teacher candidates learn to implement research- and evidence-based practices when teaching students with mild-moderate disabilities in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, and other health impairments.

Additional information may be obtained on the website's Undergraduate Student Resources link.

During the student teaching semester students are placed in both an elementary and a secondary special education setting and complete specialized coursework during a weekly senior seminar and a methods class. After obtaining one license at the undergraduate level, students will have completed a majority of coursework for additional licenses and may elect to finish another license at the graduate level. (See handbook information online at http://www.stcloudstate.edu/sped.)

A non-teaching minor in special education is also available to students in majors other than special education. It has been designed to provide a strong background in knowledge and applications that will prepare students to work with pupils with special needs in inclusive settings. The minor will also allow students planning to do graduate work in special education to complete some of the coursework at an undergraduate level. Admission to the minor program is initiated in the office of the Department of Special Education. Application for the minor may be made concurrently with a student's application to major program or after acceptance into a major program in another field.

Teacher candidates are required to pass specific tests in order to be licensed as a teacher in Minnesota. Registration information about these tests may be obtained from the Office of Clinical Experiences (EB-B120). The MTLE Center in the School of Education, room A-131, exists to assist students with study guides and registration procedures.

  • Candidates seeking Minnesota teacher licensure in special education must pass the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics components of the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE): Basic Skills in order to be admitted to the Special Education Major and the General Education Block.
  • Candidates must take the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam: Basic Skills in order to register for 300- and 400-level education courses.
  • One additional test is required to earn a special education teaching license: Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam: Special Education.

Students desiring to obtain a major in special education should be particularly aware of the admissions procedures, which are outlined in the Undergraduate Special Education Handbook online at http://www.stcloudstate.edu/sped. While progressing through the major, there are four points at which the student must follow the appropriate admission procedures: a) admission to ED/SPED/CFS 200 field experiences; b) admission to the General Education Block and application to the Major; c) admission to the Special Education Block and admission to Teacher Education; and d) admission to Student Teaching.

Admission to ED/SPED/CFS 200 Field Experience is initiated in the Office of Clinical Experiences, EB-B120.

Admission to the General Education Block and Application to the Major. Applications are available in the Department of Special Education Office. Due dates are March 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester. Upon admission to the General Education Block, admission to the Special Education Major will be facilitated in the Department office. In order to be eligible for admission to the General Education Block, the student must have an overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher in courses taken at St. Cloud State University at the time the application is made. Prior to admission, students must pass all sections (Reading, Math, Writing) of the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination (MTLE) basic skills test. In addition, students must have satisfactorily completed CEEP 262, ED/SPED/CFS 200, SPED 203, 204, 420, 421, 431, MATH 201, MATH 301, and IM 422 with a grade of "C" or higher.

Admission to Teacher Education and the Special Education Block. Applications are available in the Department of Special Education Office. Due dates are March 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester. In order to be eligible for admission to the SPED Major, the student must have an overall grade point average of 2.75 or higher in courses taken at St. Cloud State University at the time of the application is made. All students must have satisfactorily completed all General Education Block courses along with CEEP 361, HLTH 301, and HURL 497/498 with a grade of "C" or higher..

Admission to Teacher Education is a function of the Office of the Dean of the School of Education (EB A110). The instructions for admission to teacher education are found in the introductory section of this catalog for the School of Education.

Admission to Student Teaching. Applications are available in the Department of Special Education Office. Due dates are March 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester. An additional online application is due in the Office of Clincial Experience approximately one year prior to the semester in which the Student Teaching semester is anticipated. Separate applications must be filed both in the Department of Special Education Office and the Office of Clinical Experiences. Admission to Student Teaching will be based upon the following: a) an overall grade point average of 2.75 or better, b) completion of all major coursework and selected special requirements for licensure in Minnesota with a grade of "C" or higher, c) admission to the major program, and d) admission to Teacher Education.

Master's Degree Program: Master of Science Degree

One of the graduate programs in the Department of Special Education the Master of Science degree program. The Graduate Record Examination is required for admission to this program.

Graduate Licensure and Certificate Programs

Four graduate programs in the Department of Special Education lead to Minnesota special education teaching licensure: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, and Learning Disabilities. In addition, the Autism Certificate that does not lead to licensure is available.

The Graduate Record Examination is not required for admission to these programs.

 

Prerequisite coursesare required at three transition points: advanced courses, licensure-specific methods courses, and practicum (the graduate equivalent of student teaching). The prerequisite courses will vary by whether or not the candidate already holds a valid Minnesota teaching license so it is vital that students receive advisement early in the process. Students must be fully admitted to the School of Graduate Studies to take more than six graduate credits.

Additional information may be obtained on the website's Graduate Student Resources link.

Graduate applications are available in the Department of Special Education Office (A-211), in the office of the School of Graduate Studies (Administration Building 121), or online.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

Certain undergraduate and graduate certificates at St. Cloud State University prepare students for employment in specific fields and do not result in a degree. Federal law requires publication of data associated with those programs of study, including approximate program costs, program length, and employment statistics. The Minnesota State Colleges and University's (MnSCU) Chancellor's office has provided these reports containing the aforementioned information for all required programs.

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