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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).

Application Packet

Download Special Education Application Packet: (as a Word file)

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Application Instructions

[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 Contractevaluation.
  • 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
150 EduE
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.


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