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.
- Bachelor of Science-Special Education (The university website does not yet reflect the current program that has been approved by the Board of Teaching. Until final MnSCU approval is received, please refer to content in Undergraduate Student Resources.)
- Undergraduate Student Resources
- Degree Map
- Program Information and Advising Powerpoint
- Undergraduate Advising Checklist for Program Admission Meeting with Advisor
Additional information may be obtained on the website's Undergraduate Student Resources link.
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.
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 Licensure/Certificate Programs Leading to Minnesota Licensure in ABS (first teaching license) ASD, DD, E/BD, and LD
- Graduate Certificate in Autism (does not lead to licensure)
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.