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Special Education

Special education professionals play key roles in the lives of school-aged children. These educators lead richly fulfilling careers and are increasingly in demand.

Whether you are currently working in education or new to the field, the Saint Mary’s Special Education program will prepare you to become a licensed special educator.

Options are available for both licensed educators and those seeking an initial teaching license. Licensure preparation is available for Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD), Learning Disabilities (LD), and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Are you already a licensed teacher looking to add an EBD, ASD, or LD license?
Educators who already hold a general education teaching licensure can add preparation for LD, ASD, and/or EBD licensure. Those who are not looking to obtain a master’s degree can stop out with a Graduate Certificate in Learning Disabilities or Graduate Certificate in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders.

Are you looking to obtain your first teaching license?
Those who are not currently licensed can prepare for LD, ASD, and/or EBD licensure by taking 18 credits of foundations coursework in addition to the special education curriculum.

After obtaining your licensure(s) you can also finish your master’s degree!
By completing six additional credits of the master’s completion sequence, learners can earn an M.A. in Special Education.

This program is based on Minnesota Board of Teaching standards. All standards and requirements must be satisfactorily completed prior to recommendation to the state for licensure.

Schedule & Format

This program offers two formats to meet the various learning and schedule needs of adult learners. Courses are offered in a blended learning format utilizing both face-to-face and online instruction. Alternatively, learners can choose to complete the entire program within a supportive online learning community, via the new Online M.A. in Special Education program.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Courses

The M.A. in Special Education program offers preparatory courses for Autism Spectrum Disorder licensure licensure in a completely online format.

Degree Requirements


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Gainful Employment Information

Effective July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education requires institutions with non-degree programs defined as “Gainful Employment programs” to disclose certain information about these programs.

Graduate Certificate in Special Education (Learning Disabilities) Gainful Employment Report
Graduate Certificate in Special Education (Emotional Behavioral Disorders) Gainful Employment Report


Request more information about the Online M.A. in Special Education program.