Theory and Practice in Special Education (GC)


The certificate is for individuals seeking an initial license in special education or adding a special education license to an existing general education license. Students work with an advisor to be enrolled in this certificate program.

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Education and Training

Program Requirements

Restricted Electives

15 credits is required to earn the graduate certificate from the university. Up to 22 credits may be required to meet the licensure requirements for the State of MN.

Licensure Requirement - 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.

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.

Prerequisites: none

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 procdures will be explored.

Prerequisites: none

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.

Prerequisites: none

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

Prerequisites: none

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 interpreation of information assessment tools determining identification and instructional design.

Prerequisites: none

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.

Prerequisites: none