• B.S. Degree in Special Education
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  • Special Education Degree

    The special education curriculum prepares students to teach individuals with disabilities. When you choose this option, you will graduate with both an Elementary Inclusive Education Degree and coursework for a Minnesota Special Education License within five years. Your adviser will help you plan your program.

    Note: Candidates pursuing a special education license declare Elementary Inclusive Education as their major.

    A minor in Special Education is also available for students wishing to add special education coursework to their Elementary Inclusive Education program of study. For more information on the minor, please contact Keri Desutter at desutter@mnstate.edu.

    Special Education Opportunities

    Employment of special education teachers is expected to increase faster than average for all occupations through 2014 due to:

    • Increased number of students needing services
    • Legislation emphasizing training
    • Employment for individuals with disabilities
    • Education reforms requiring higher standards for graduation
    • Replacement of teachers who leave the field

    MSU Moorhead is one of few Minnesota institutions offering coursework leading to five Minnesota special education licensures. Teacher candidates declare a Special Education option in their sophomore year.

    The following undergraduate options are available at MSUM:

    Special Education 2+2 Program

    Minnesota State University Moorhead also offers a program of study in special education for students who have completed an Associate of Arts Degree/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum at Anoka Ramsey Community College. These candidates may complete an additional 2 years of primarily online/hybrid coursework to complete a Bachelors of Science Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in specific learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or emotional behavioral disorders.

    • ARCC coursework that substitutes for requirements in the major: (should be taken during the first two years and applied to completion of AA degree of MN Transfer Curriculum where possible)
      • EDUC 2000 Foundations of Education
      • SOC 2207 Minority/Majority Relations
      • SPCH 1110 Introduction to Speech Communications
      • Math 1120 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
      • PSYCH 1110 General Psychology
      • PSYCH 2235 Lifespan Development
      • PSYCH 2265 Educational Psychology
    • Majority of coursework online.

    Students interested in learning more about MSUM's unique 2+2 program may contact Dr. Sue Severson at severson@mnstate.edu for more information.

    B.S. Degree in Special Education Requirements (Only available to students in the Twin Cities cohorts)