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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Special Education

Page address: https://grad.mnsu.edu/programs/bulletin/specialeducation.html

Special Education

http://grad.mnsu.edu/programs/bulletin/specialeducation.html
Department of Special Education
College of Education
Department of Special Education
313 Armstrong Hall
507-389-1122

The Department of Special Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato offers graduate programs in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Developmental Disabilities (DD), Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD), Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), and Learning Disabilities (LD) that are designed to prepare professionals to work with students with disabilities in school settings. These programs lead to special education licensure and/or a Master of Science (MS) Degree in Special Education. All of our courses are online.


LICENSURE OR GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Theory and Practice in Special Education

This variable-credit graduate certificate provides learners with knowledge and skills necessary to become effective special education teachers. Course competencies related to assessment, teaming, learning theories, pedagogy, and research-based practices are designed for initial and add-on teacher licensure candidates.

The completion of courses in this graduate certificate meets MN Board of Teaching (BOT) Licensure Standards in regard to the MN Core Special Education competencies for an individual seeking a MN Teaching license in the field of special education.
Students admitted to this program, who are seeking a MN teaching license, must work with an advisor to determine courses needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards.

This certificate is specifically designed to meet MN Board of Teaching (BOT) Licensure Standards. A student admitted to this program must work with an advisor to determine the exact number of credits needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards.

Choose 15 - 22 Credit(s).
Core Competency Courses. Students admitted to this program, who are seeking a MN teaching license, must work with an advisor to determine courses needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards.

SPED 548 Behavior Management and Learning Environments for Diverse Learners 4
SPED 605 Intro to the Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children and Youth 3
SPED 619 Introduction to IEPs, Professional Practice and Educational Technology 4
SPED 639 Transition to Adult Life 4
SPED 645 Formal/Informal Clinical Procedures 4
SPED 661 Special Education Law 3
 
Standards of Effective Practice for Teachers

This graduate certificate provides key components for initial licensure teacher requirements in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Early Childhood Special Education, Emotional Behavioral Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities. This variable-credit graduate certificate provides learners with knowledge and skills necessary to become effective educators. Course competencies related to learning theories, pedagogy, human development, and research-based practices are designed for initial teacher licensure candidates; certificate completion will also enhance the effectiveness of practicing teachers.

The completion of all courses (SPED 509, 511, 513, 514) in this graduate certificate meets MN Board of Teaching (BOT) Licensure Standards in regard to the MN Standards of Effective Practice for an individual seeking an initial MN Teaching license.
Students admitted to this program, who are seeking a MN teaching license, must work with an advisor to determine courses needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards.

Students with a degree outside of education are considered initial licensure, and must apply to the Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Education Professional Education Program during their first semester in the program

Core Competency Courses
Choose 8 - 12 Credit(s).
Core Competency Courses. A student seeking a MN Teaching license must work with an advisor to determine the exact courses needed to meet the MN BOT licensure standards.

SPED 509 Educational Psychology 4
SPED 511 Differentiation & Accommodation in an Inclusive Classroom: Diverse Learners 4
SPED 513 Advanced Pedagogy and Learning Theories 4
Licensure Requirement
Choose 3 - 4 Credit(s).

SPED 514 Literacy Methods for an Inclusive Classroom: Diverse Learners 4
SPED 614 Literacy Instruction for an Inclusive Classroom 3

 

SPED 514 meets the MN BOT requirements for a reading methods course, which is needed for students who do not hold a MN Teaching license. SPED 614 meets the MN BOT requirements for reading methods for students who already hold a MN Teaching license, but do not have a reading methods course.

 

Graduate certificate programs leading to licensure in ASD, DD, EBD, ECSE, and LD are offered for participants who hold a current or previous teaching license and wish to add a special education license to their credential, as well as for participants with a degree outside of education.

Admission. Complete the online Application for Graduate Study. See http://grad.mnsu.edu/applying/.
Admission Requirements -

  • Overall career GPA of 3.0 (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
  • International applicants have additional requirements, including a paper based TOEFL score of 550 or above, or an IBT score of at least 79.

Students with a degree outside of education are considered initial licensure, and must also apply to the Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Education Professional Education Program during their first semester in the program by submitting the following:

  • Application to Professional Education
  • Unofficial copies of College Transcripts
  • MTLE Basic Skills Test scores
  • Writing Assessment

See Teacher Licensure site - http://ed.mnsu.edu/licensure/.

 

Foundation Curriculum for Special Education

Courses Required for Initial Teacher Licensure (16 cr): (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 514  Literacy Methods in an Inclusive Classroom: Diverse Learners (4)

Reading requirement: Licensed teachers outside of Elementary Education must take SPED 614 (3).

Courses Required for All Licensure/Certificate Programs -

Prerequisite Courses
SPED 548  Behavior Management and Learning Environments for Diverse Learners (4)
SPED 605  Introduction to Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children and Youth (3)

Special Education Common Core Courses (15 Credits)
SPED 661  Special Education Law (3)
SPED 645  Formal and Informal Clinical Procedures (4)
SPED 619  Introduction to IEPs, Professional Practice and Educational Technology (4)
SPED 639* Transition to Adult Life (4)
*Not required for ECSE: Standards are embedded in ECSE courses.

Student Teaching
See the following site for information concerning Student Teaching: Special Ed Graduate Student Teaching.

Seminar
Students must be concurrently registered for either SPED 656 Initial Graduate Seminar: Special Education (3 credits), for those pursuing an initial Special Education teaching license; or SPED 659 Advanced Graduate Seminar: Special Education (3 credits), for those pursuing an add-on Special Education teaching license.
The seminar course must be taken with the student teaching course in each licensure area.

 

Requirements for Individual Disability Areas
Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate (10 – 14 credits)

This certificate is specifically designed to meet MN Board of Teaching (BOT) Licensure Standards. A student admitted to this program must work with an advisor to determine the exact number of credits needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards.

Core Competency Courses (Choose 7-11 credits.)
SPED 684  ASD: Program Design and Implementation (4)
SPED 685  ASD: Medical and Community Supports (4)
SPED 686  Graduate Student Teaching: Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)

Licensure Requirement (Choose 3 credits.)
Students without an existing special education license are required to take SPED 656.

SPED 656  Initial Graduate Seminar: Special Education (3)
SPED 659  Advanced Graduate Seminar: Special Education (3)
Students seeking a MN teaching license must work with their advisors to determine which, if any, courses are needed from the department’s other certificate programs. Up to an additional 34 credits of coursework may be required to meet state standards.

 

Developmental Disabilities Graduate Certificate (10 – 14 credits)

This certificate is specifically designed to meet MN Board of Teaching (BOT) Licensure Standards. A student admitted to this program must work with an advisor to determine the exact number of credits needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards.

Core Competency Courses (Choose 7 - 11 Credits.)

SPED 652  Characteristics and Assessments: Students w/DCD (4) 
SPED 653  Methods and Behavior Strategies: Students w/DCD (4) 
SPED 655  Graduate Student Teaching: DCD (3) 

Licensure Requirement (Choose 3 Credits.)
Students without an existing special education license are required to take SPED 656

SPED 656  Initial Graduate Seminar: Special Education  (3) 
SPED 659  Advanced Graduate Seminar: Special Education  (3) 

A student admitted to this program must work with an advisor to determine the courses needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards. Courses may be needed from other graduate certificates in the department of special education. 

 

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Certificate (10 – 14 credits)

This certificate is specifically designed to meet MN Board of Teaching (BOT) Licensure Standards. A student admitted to this program must work with an advisor to determine the exact number of credits needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards.

Core Competency Courses (Choose 7-11 credits.)

SPED 644  Program Foundations for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems  (4) 
SPED 657  Emotional/Behavior Disorders: Program Design and Implementation  (4) 
SPED 667  Graduate Student Teaching: E/BD  (3) 

Licensure Requirement  (Choose 3 Credits.)
Students without an existing special education license are required to take SPED 656.

SPED 656  Initial Graduate Seminar: Special Education  (3) 
SPED 659  Advanced Graduate Seminar: Special Education  (3 

A student admitted to this program must work with an advisor to determine the courses needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards. Courses may be needed from other graduate certificates in the department of special education.

 

Learning Disabilities Graduate Certificate (10 to 14 credits) 

This certificate is specifically designed to meet MN Board of Teaching (BOT) Licensure Standards. A student admitted to this program must work with an advisor to determine the exact number of credits needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards.

Core Competency Courses (Choose 7 - 11 Credits.)

SPED 644  Program Foundations for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems  (4) 
SPED 646  Advanced Instructional Methods for Learning Disabilities  (4) 
SPED 648  Graduate Student Teaching: Learning Disabilities  (3) 

Licensure Requirement (Choose 3 Credits.)
Students without an existing special education license are required to take SPED 656.

SPED 656  Initial Graduate Seminar: Special Education  (3) 
SPED 659  Advanced Graduate Seminar: Special Education  (3) 

A student admitted to this program must work with an advisor to determine the courses needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards. Courses may be needed from other graduate certificates in the department of special education. 

 

Early Childhood Special Education Graduate Certificate (9 to 18 credits) 

This certificate is specifically designed to meet MN Board of Teaching (BOT) Licensure Standards. A student admitted to this program must work with an advisor to determine the exact number of credits needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards.

Core Competency Courses (Choose 6 - 15 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 for Working w/Infants and Young Children with Developmental Needs  (3) 
SPED 627  Graduate Student Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education  (3) 

Licensure Requirements (Choose 3 Credits.)
Students without an existing special education license are required to take SPED 656

SPED 656  Initial Graduate Seminar: Special Education  (3) 
SPED 659  Advanced Graduate Seminar: Special Education  (3) 

A student admitted to this program must work with an advisor to determine the courses needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards. Courses may be needed from other graduate certificates in the department of special education. 

 

Miscellaneous Graduate Certificates:

 

 
Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Classroom Strategies

The Special Education certificate program in Inclusive Classroom Strategies is designed to provide general education teachers with the research-based strategies necessary to enable special needs learners to succeed in a general education classroom. These strategies will enable classroom teachers to differentiate their curriculum to meet the needs of following populations: (a) students with emotional/behavioral disorders, (b) students with learning disabilities, and (c) other mild disabilities.

Required courses:
SPED 646  Instructional Interventions (4)
SPED XXX  Special Ed Graduate course (3)
SPED 614  Teaching Literacy in an Inclusive Classroom (3)

 

Graduate Certificate (Non-Licensure) in Autism Spectrum Disorders

This 11 credit graduate program leads to a certificate in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This specific certificate does not lead to teacher licensure. The certificate program is designed to prepare professionals to work with individuals identified as being on the autism spectrum. This might include Related Services professionals, para-professionals, general education, or special education teachers wanting more information in working with this population.

Required courses:
SPED 684  ASD: Program Design and Implementation (4)
SPED 685  ASD: Medical and Community Supports (4)
SPED 659  Advanced Graduate Seminar: Special Education (3)

The department offers a Master of Science (MS) Degree in Special Education, for ASD, DD, EBD, and LD, and the Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE).

The Master of Science Degree allows students to pursue advanced study in special education. Credits earned as part of the licensure program may be applied to the MS degree. Students meeting the admission requirements may apply directly to the Master of Science Degree program. Students accepted into the Graduate Certificate/Licensure Program may apply to the MS program after completion of 12 credits of special education core coursework.

MS Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or college
  • Completed online Application for Graduate Study
  • Official University/College Transcripts

Additional Expectations

  • All work for a graduate degree must be completed within a six-year period.
  • Students must complete all licensure course work including the student teaching requirements prior to enrollment in the Research Core Courses.
  • Successful completion of the Research Core Courses is required for enrollment in the Capstone Project (SPED 694).
  • All Master’s Degree candidates must successfully complete the research requirements and the Capstone Project.

Master of Science Degree – All Areas
(34 credits)

The MS degree program consists of the coursework required for certification/licensure, plus three Research Core courses.  All courses except prerequisites, SPED 548 and SPED 605, can be applied towards the 34 graduate-level credits required for each of the Master's Degree programs.

Research Core Courses (7 credits)
All coursework for the certification/licensure 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); or, SPED 603  Action Research (3)
SPED 610  Using Educational Research (3)
SPED 694  Preparing Capstone Project (1)

 

Course Descriptions

SPED 509 (4) Educational Psychology 

This course is designed to introduce students to theories of learning and human development as they relate to regular and diverse learning populations. Students will acquire an understanding of the many factors that affect learning and human development and strategies that can be used to enhance learning for all learning populations.

SPED 511 (4) Differentiation & Accommodation in an Inclusive Classroom: Diverse Learners

This course is designed to describe and demonstrate strategies that teachers can use to differentiate the curriculum to meet the special learning needs of students in an inclusive classroom setting. This course will also examine the latest knowledge related to intelligence, creativity, holistic education, and classroom differentiation.

SPED 513 (4) Advanced Pedagogy and Learning Theories

This course will introduce students to methods and strategies for personal and Advanced Pedagogy and Learning Theories. Students will engage in reflective inquiry, identify professional dispositions, and describe environment effects on learning and human development.

SPED 514 (4) Literacy Methods for an Inclusive Classroom: Diverse Learners

This course is designed to provide an introduction to reading and language arts instruction for special needs and other students in an inclusive classroom. As a result of taking this course, students will be able to plan and implement effective literacy lessons and utilize a variety of differentiation strategies.

SPED 520 (3) Education of Infants and Young Children with Developmental Needs

Legal, historical, and foundational issues in the education of young children with disabilities as well as characteristics, service needs, and models of service for young children with disabilities with emphasis on young children with moderate/severe disabilities.

SPED 548 (4) Behavior Management and Learning Environments for Diverse Learners

Applied practical approaches to improve academic and personal social behavior of special needs students in general education and special education settings. Principles of applied behavior analysis including reduction and enhancement procedures will be explored.

SPED 590 (1-3) Workshop in Special Education

SPED 591 (1-2) In-Service: Special Education

SPED 600 (3) Introduction to Educational Research

Introduction to quantitative, qualitative, and action research methodologies as applied to educational research and evaluation. Development of skills for interpreting and evaluating published studies, for evaluating programs, and for developing original or secondary research plans using one or a combination of the three methodologies.

SPED 601 (3) Quantitative Research Methods

Focus in quantitative methods in educational research in applied educational settings.

SPED 602 (3) Qualitative Research Methods

Focus on qualitative methods in educational research in applied educational settings.

SPED 603 (3) Action Research in Education

This course will familiarize teachers with methods used in action research. Action research is a systematic observation of one's own teaching situation, environment, or pedagogical practice with the expectation that a new understanding will result in a plan of action that in turn, will ultimately lead to change.

SPED 605 (3) Intro to the Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children and Youth

Current practices in the identification, placement, and education of exceptional children and youth. Emphasis on patterns of social, cognitive, language, and psychological development of exceptional children. Social, political, and economic advocacy issues.

SPED 610 (3) Using Educational Research

This writing intensive course is designed to develop skills for the evaluation and critical consumption of education research for a variety of purposes. Prerequisite: SPED 600,603 or other comprehensive introduction to research course.

SPED 611 (3) Professional and Scholarly Writing and Planning in Education

Teaches objective academic writing and the basics of program and curriculum planning design.

SPED 614 (3) Literacy Instruction for an Inclusive Classroom

 This course covers strategies used to meet the literacy learning needs of all students within an inclusive classroom. Strategies will focus primarily on the special learning needs of students with EBD, LD and gifted learners.

SPED 619 (4) Introduction to IEPs, Professional Practice and Educational Technology

This course will introduce teacher candidates to different aspects of being a Special Educator, including writing Individualized Education Program plans, working collaboratively, addressing strategies for working with paraprofessionals,including co-teaching and using technology in the classroom to assist student learning.

SPED 621 (3) Assessment of Infants and Young Children with Developmental Needs

SPED 622 (3) Collaboration with Families and Professionals

SPED 625 (3) Methods for Working w/ Infants and Young Children

SPED 627 (3) Graduate Student Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education

SPED 628 (3) Early Childhood Special Education Student Teaching Seminar

This course is designed to support student teachers in completing requirements for the portfolio required for licensure. It will provide a forum for group problem-solving and support as teacher candidates.

SPED 639 (4) Transition to Adult Life

In-depth examination of the problems, trends, and procedures used in planning career development, pre-vocational, and vocational programs for the mildly disabled. Program models, assessment, job analysis, placement, and employer-school relations are covered.

SPED 644 (4) Program Foundations for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems

This course addresses foundational knowledge for teachers of students with learning disabilities, and focuses on the referral, evaluation, and program planning process for these students

SPED 645 (4) Formal/Informal Clinical Procedures

Interpretation and implementation of psychological reports, formative and summative assessment data, enabling incorporation of relevant information/data into an evaluation report. Applied practical understanding, development, usage, and interpretation of information assessment tools determining identification and instructional design.

SPED 646 (4) Advanced Instructional Methods for Learning Disabilities

Pedagogy for teaching students with mild to severe learning disabilities with an understanding of instructional theories and trends. Applications include sequences/adaptations of instruction/curriculum, technology integration, collaborative techniques, and metacognitive strategies. Focus is in reading, written language, and mathematics.

SPED 648 (3) Graduate Student Teaching: Learning Disabilities

Field experiences in off-campus programs providing services to students with learning disabilities. Designed to professionalize the educational experience and ensure license standards competency. Must be taken with SPED 649. Prerequisite: All course work related to special ed licensure must be completed. Professor permission required.

SPED 652 (4) Characteristics & Assessments: Students w/ DCD

This course will provide students with foundational background knowledge of developmental disabilities, and characteristics and assessments associated with students with developmental disabilities. Topics covered will include: characteristics, historical perspectives, identification and assessment, family perspectives, learning characteristics and educational models.

SPED 653 (4) Methods and Behavior Strategies: Students w/ DCD

This course addresses curricular approaches, instructional strategies, inclusion techniques, adaptive techniques, assistive technology, behavior techniques, and other specialized interventions needed to serve students with moderate to severe developmental and multiple disabilities effectively

SPED 655 (3) Graduate Student Teaching: DCD

Student teaching is designed to provide graduate students an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills learned in their coursework and demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to effectively teach students with developmental cognitive disabilities in a classroom setting

SPED 656 (3) Initial Graduate Seminar: Special Education

This is an accompanying course for initial licensure Special Education teacher candidates in the areas of ASD, DCD, EBD, LD, and ECSE.

SPED 657 (4) Emotional/Behavior Disorders: Program Design and Implementation

The purpose of this course is the effective applications of procedures for teaching students with emotional/behavioral disorders in school settings. Students will build individual programs through the use of Functional Behavioral Assessments focusing on Positive Behavioral Supports.

SPED 659 (3) Advanced Graduate Seminar: Special Education

This course is an accompanying course for all advanced licensure Special Education teacher candidates.

SPED 661 (3) Special Education Law

This graduate course is designed to assist educators to develop knowledge of the due process requirements outlined in Minnesota Rule and Statute as well as a working understanding of federal special education law under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Understanding the requirement of due process and federal special education law is critical in today's schools, both for teachers as well as administrators.

SPED 667 (3) Graduate Student Teaching: E/BD

Field experiences in off-campus programs providing services to students with learning disabilities. Designed to professionalize the educational experience and ensure license standards competency. Must be taken with SPED 658. Prerequisite: All course work related to special ed licensure must be completed. Professor permission required.

SPED 677 (1-3) Individual Study

SPED 684 (4) ASD: Program Design and Implementation

This course will focus primarily on educational program development for children with autism.  Students will learn to build visual schedules and write social stories to affect the behavior of students with autism.  Students will learn the importance of individualized program development and legal issues surrounding appropriate programming.

SPED 685 (4) ASD: Medical and Community Supports

One of 4 required courses for the certificate in ASD. This class will focus on current stressors affecting teachers, caregivers, and family members dealing with issues related to Autism.

SPED 686 (3) Graduate Student Teaching: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Field experience with students with autism spectrum disorders. Designed to professionalize educational experience and ensure license standards competency. Take with SPED 656 (initial) or 659 (add-on license). All course work related to special education must be completed. Professor permission required.

SPED 691 (1-3) In-Service

SPED 694 (1 ) Preparing the Capstone Project

Designed to assist student in preparation of their capstone project as part of their graduation requirements. In this experience, students receive one-on-one contact with their advisor.

SPED 699 (1-6) Thesis