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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Early Childhood Special Education

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

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 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 Theories of Learning (4)
SPED 514: Literacy Methods in an Inclusive Classroom: Diverse Learners (4)

Required Courses for All ESCE Licensure Students

Prerequisite Courses - (7 Credits)

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

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

Special Education Core Courses Required for Certificate/Licensure (11 Credits)

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

ECSE Courses for Licensure (18 Credits)

SPED 520: Education of Infants and Young Children with Developmental Needs (3)
SPED 621: Assessment of Infants and Young Children with Developmental Needs (3)
SPED 622: Collaboration with Families and Professionals (3)
SPED 625: Methods of Working with Infants & Young Children with Developmental Needs (3)
*SPED 627: Graduate Student Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education (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)