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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