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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Developmental Disabilities

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

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

Courses Required for Initial Teacher Licensure (16 cr):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 514: Literacy Methods in an Inclusive Classroom: Diverse Learners (4)

Required Courses for All DD Licensure Students

Prerequisite Courses –

4/548 (4 cr) Behavior Management and Learning Environments for Diverse Learners
4/605 (3 cr) Introduction to Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children and Youth
Reading Requirement: Licensed teachers outside of Elementary Education must take SPED 614 (3 cr)

The following are the Special Education Core and disability-specific classes totaling 29 credits for licensure:

Special Education Core Courses Required for Certificate/Licensure (15 Credits)

SPED 661 Special Education Law (3)
SPED 645 Formal and Informal Clinical Procedures (4)
SPED 639 Transition to Adult Life (4)
SPED 619 Introduction to IEPs, Professional Practice and Educational Technology (4)

DD Courses for Licensure (14 Credits)

SPED 652 Characteristics and Assessments for Students with Developmental Disabilities (4 cr)
SPED 653 Methods and Behavior Strategies for Students with Developmental Disabilities (4 cr)
SPED 655 Graduate Student Teaching: Developmental Disabilities (3 cr)
SPED 656 Initial Graduate Seminar: Special Education (3 credits) OR
SPED 659 Advanced Graduate Seminar: Special Education (3 credits)
 (*Student teaching and seminar are to be taken concurrently)