• B.S. Degree in Special Education

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  • Special Education Program

    The special education curriculum at MSUM offers a variety of options. On campus students have the opportunity to pursue Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) as an add-on license to an Elementary Inclusive Education Degree or a degree in any Secondary/K-12 Teacher Education program.

    A Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education is available in the Twin Cities area. This degree leads to a MN teaching license in Learning Disabilities, Emotional Behavior Disorders, or Developmental Disabilities.

    A minor in special education allows candidates pursuing degrees in other related fields to develop expertise in curriculum and services for individuals with disabilities.

    Graduate programming provides the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science in Special Education and/or an add-on license to a current MN teaching license.

    Special Education Opportunities

    The need for special education teachers remains high and a critical shortage of special education teachers exists across the region and nation. Employment opportunities for individuals holding a special education teaching license are abundant.

    Similarly, regular education teachers need to be prepared to work with a diverse range of learners in their classrooms. Additional preparation in special education through opportunities such as the minor in special education provides teacher candidates enhanced preparation that is attractive to future employers.


    Academic & Behavior Strategist (ABS), SpEd Minor
    Dr. Keri DeSutter, desutter@mnstate.edu

    Twin Cities Programs
    Dr. Sue Severson, severson@mnstate.edu

    Master’s of Science in Special Education, Graduate Licensure Programs
    Dr. Ximena Suarez-Sousa, suarez@mnstate.edu