Degree Requirements - Special Education

The special education ABS (Academic Behavioral Strategist) major is available only through the AU* program. This major is ideally suited to people who are currently working in schools with K-12 special education students. Students must complete field service requirements in K-12 special education and general education mainstreamed settings as part of course and program requirements; field service requirements are during the regular school times and calendar year.

A graduate-level licensure option is available through AU*. Licensure is obtained through a combination of graduate and undergraduate credits.

Special Education Coordinator: Susan O’Connor

Special Education Major

Non-departmental core courses – These requirements should be taken during freshman/sophomore year; many of these courses will also fulfill liberal arts requirements:

  • ENL 111 – Effective Writing
  • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education
  • MAT 137 – Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (MPG 3 prerequisite)

Required Education Courses for ABS:

  • EDC 200 – Orientation to Education in an Urban Setting**
  • EDC 211 – Minnesota American Indians and EDC 210 – Diversity in the School (or EDC 110 Teaching in a Diverse World Freshman only)
    •  or EDC 206 – Diversity/Minnesota American Indians
  • EDC 220 – Educational Technology
  • EDC 310 – Learning and Development in an Educational Setting**
  • EED 225 – Foundations of Literacy

(Students must be admitted to Education Department to take courses beyond this point)

  • EED 325 – K-6 Methods: Literacy
  • EED 326 – Elementary Reading K-6 Field Experience**
  • EED 336 – Advanced Literacy Methods**
  • EED 350 – K-6 Methods: Mathematics**
  • EED 360 – K-6 Methods: Science**
  • EDC 410 – Learners with Special Needs**
  • EDC 330 – Building the Public Good: Public Achievement and Organizing
  • EDC 331 – Practicum in Public Achievement**
  • SPE 410 – Implementing Assessment Strategies
  • SPE 411 – Etiology and Theory of Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • SPE 415 – Theory to Practice
  • SPE 425 – Transition and Community
  • SPE 430 – Instructional and Behavioral Practices
  • SPE 490 – Parent and Professional Planning
  • SPE 481, 483 – Student Teaching: Elementary
  • SPE 485, 487 – Student Teaching: Secondary
  • SPE 489 – Teacher Performance Assessment and Student Teaching Seminar

Graduation Skills

Graduation Skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major.

Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

Special Education Minor

The Special Education minor requires six courses (five plus one prerequisite psychology course) that encompass an interdisciplinary perspective on the field of disability. The minor is designed to fit the needs of students in various disciplines interested in disability issues. This minor is available through the weekday program.

Required courses:

  • EDC 410 – Learners with Special Needs**
  • EDU 491 – Practicum and Seminar in Special Education**
  • PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology
  • SOC 231 – Family Systems: A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Choose one from the following:

  • PSY 250 – Child Development
  • PSY 252 – Adolescent and Young Adult Development
  • PSY 253 – Aging and Adulthood

Choose one from the following:

  • PSY 357 – Behavior Analysis
  • PSY 359 – Assessment
  • SOC 265 – Race, Class and Gender
  • SWK 301 – History and Analysis of Social Policy

Interested students should contact the director of Special Education at the outset of coursework

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.