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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

ASD Teacher Licensure

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Admissions Criteria for Licensure/Certificate Program in Special Education: ASD

Application to the licensure program and submission of transcripts and other materials is made through MSU's Graduate Studies and Research Office at

Admission Requirements:

  • 3.0 Overall GPA (Provisional acceptance may be granted with a 2.8 GPA)
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college
  • Completed graduate studies application
  • Official college transcripts

Standards of Effective Practice (Courses Required for Initial Teacher Licensure, 16 credits):

For those without a teaching license

  • SPED 509: Educational Psychology (4)
  • SPED 511: Differentiation and Accommodation in an Inclusive Classroom (4)
  • SPED 513: Advanced Pedagogy and Learning Theories (4)
  • SPED 619 Introduction to IEPs, Professional Practice and Educational Technology (4)

Required Courses for All ASD Licensure Students

The following are the Special Education Core and disability-specific classes totaling 36 credits for licensure:

Special Education Core Courses (22 Credits)

  • SPED 514: Literacy Methods in an Inclusive Classroom: Diverse Learners (4)
  • SPED 548 Behavior Management and Learning Environments for Diverse Learners (4)
  • SPED 605 Introduction to Psychology and Educatoin of Exceptional Children and Youth (3)
  • SPED 661 Special Education Law (3)
  • SPED 645 Formal and Informal Clinical Procedures (4)
  • SPED 639 Transition to Adult Life (4)

ASD Courses for Licensure (14 Credits)

  • SPED 684 ASD: Program Design and Implementation (4)
  • SPED 685 ASD: Medical and Community Supports (4)
  • SPED 686 Graduate Student Teaching: Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • SPED 656 Initial Graduate Seminar: Special Education (3) OR
  • SPED 659 Advanced Graduate Seminar: Special Education (3)

*Student teaching and seminar are to be taken concurrently

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