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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education

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221 Gildemeister Hall
507.457.5535, Fax: 507.457.2483
Special Education website
Carol A. Long, Chairperson


Jeanne Danneker, Associate Professor; BS, Winona State University; MS, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 2007 -
James Kirk, Assistant Professor; BA, Marquette University; MA, Western Oregon State College; PhD, University of Iowa-Iowa City; 2012 -
Carol A. Long, Professor; BS, MA, PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia; 1993 -

Special Education (SPED)

WSU offers three† undergraduate programs leading to licensure by the State of Minnesota Board of Teaching:

  • Learning Disabilities (LD), K-12 Licensure - Winona campus
  • Developmental Disabilities (DD) - Mild/Moderate/Severe/Profound, K-12 Licensure - Winona campus
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), Birth-Age Six Licensure - WSU-Rochester campus† (See Special Education: Early Childhood (SEEC) - BT Major (Rochester) .)

Requirements for Majoring in Special Education (LD, DD, ECSE)

Applicants must meet with a Special Education advisor immediately upon making the decision to major in Special Education. The applicant must submit a completed Major Declaration Form to the Special Education Department; an advisor will be assigned at that time. Note: Applicants must be accepted into the Teacher Education program before their Special Education application will be processed.

Requirements for Teacher Education Admission

  1. Minimum GPA of 2.75.
  2. “B” or better in  ENG 111 - College Reading and Writing   and CMST 191 - Introduction to Public Speaking  .
  3. “C” or better in  MATH 100 - Survey of Mathematics   or higher mathematics. ( STAT 110 - Fundamentals of Statistics  recommended by the Special Education Department)
  4. Official score report on all three sections of the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination (MTLE) Basic Skills Tests: Math, Reading, and Writing.
  5. Complete the teacher education admission process.

Requirements for Special Education Admission

  1. Complete and submit a Special Education Department application.
  2. Write an essay and schedule an admissions interview.
  3. Participate in an interview with the Special Education Department.

Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA with no grade lower than “C” in any special education course, professional education sequence course, or methods course. Students who receive a grade lower than “C” must repeat the course.

General Education Program Intensive Requirements

Students may use intensive courses to satisfy both General Education Program and major requirements. Intensives courses will usually be in the student’s major or minor program. The Department of Special Education offers the following intensive courses in the General Education Program:


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Intensive courses that can be used to satisfy special education major/minor requirements are identified in the lists of required courses and electives later in this section.

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