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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

DcD Master’s Degree

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Master of Science Degree

All students must complete the 3 Research Core Courses (see below). Additionally, all of the courses completed as part of the DcD licensure/certificate program (see below) can be applied towards the 34 graduate level credits required for the Master's Degree in Developmental Cognitive Disabilities

Required Courses for All DcD Licensure Students (Add-on and Initial Licensure)

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 cr)

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 Education 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)

Courses Required for DcD Licensure/Certificate (14 credits)

  • SPED 652 Characteristics and Assessments for Students with Developmental Disabilities (4)
  • SPED 653 Methods and Behavior Strategies for Students with Developmental Disabilities (4)
  • SPED 655 Graduate Student Teaching: Developmental Disabilities (3
  • SPED 656 Initial Graduate Seminar: Special Education (3) OR
  • SPED 659 Advanced Graduate Seminar: Special Education (3)

Research Core Courses (7 credits)

All coursework for the Master's must be completed before taking the Research Core courses. The courses must also be taken in the sequence listed and cannot be taken simultaneously.

  • SPED 600: Introduction to Educational Research (3)
  • SPED 610: Using Educational Research (3)
  • SPED 694: Preparing Capstone Project (1)

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