Application for Admission to the Special Education Program
In general, program applications are due the sixth Friday of each semester, at 4 p.m., in EduE 150, for the following semester.
Check specific deadline dates.
Applications to the Special Education Program are processed as follows:
- Applications received by week seven of each semester will be processed
the same semester (for the following semester).
- Applications received after week seven will be processed the next
semester (for the following semester).
- Applications received in the summer will be processed with the applications
that are received in the fall (for the following spring).
Download Special Education Application Packet: (as a Word file)
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[This is a Summary - See Complete Packet for Details]
Special Education Programs Admission Procedures and Requirements
The Department of Education offers high quality programs for the preparation
of special education teachers. The programs are characterized by an extensive
knowledge-base preparation, as well as strong emphasis on teaching skill
development and practical field experiences.
Special Education Licensure Programs
The Special Education Program currently offers two licensure programs: Special Education/Early Childhood (preschool) and Academic and Behavioral Strategist (multi-categorical K-12). The following endorsements are available to add on for individuals who already have a licensure area in special education: Learning disabilities, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Admissions Process and Requirements
- Evidence of a completed Application for Admission form (UMD) with documented acceptance.
- A complete set of official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
as evidence of a 2.7 grade point average (GPA), for both UMD and transfer
credits. If your GPA is lower than 2.7, please call the Special Education
Coordinator for assistance. If you did not graduate from UMD, UMD admissions will require high school transcripts.
- A completed Post-baccalaureate Contract, which is necessary for all graduate
students seeking licensure in Special Education. This form may be obtained
through the Advising and Academic Services Office, College of Education and Human
Service Professions, 120 Bohannon Hall, University of Minnesota Duluth,
Duluth, MN 55812 (218-726-7156). Please note that, in addition
to the official transcript you send with your Application for Admission,
you need to include an unofficial transcript with the request for a Post-baccalaureate
- Confirmation of completion of the Pre-professional Skills Tests (PPST, or Praxis I), if taken prior to September 1, 2010, or the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE).
Return the above items to:
Special Education Admissions
Dr. Gerry Nierengarten
Department of Education
412 Library Dive
University of Minnesota Duluth
Duluth, MN 55812
Please return the completed Post-Baccalaureate Contract and the unofficial transcript to the address noted on the Contract Form. If the application packet is missing any of the items noted above, then your application will not be evaluated and processed.
Note: Before a student is placed in the student teaching practicum,
the student must have demonstrated satisfactory performance in practicum
experiences throughout the program.