Dec 06, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education

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2nd Floor Helble Hall
507.457.5535, Fax: 507.457.2483
Special Education website
Amy Olson, Chairperson


James Kirk, Associate Professor; BA, Marquette University; MA, Western Oregon State College; PhD, University of Iowa-Iowa City; 2012 -
Amy Olson, Assistant Professor; BA, MS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 2015 -

Special Education Department Mission

The mission of the Special Education Department is to improve the world through quality teacher preparation for K-12 students with disabilities. The department prepares professionals to work with K-12 students who have mild to severe disabilities. Procedures include both classroom and clinical work. Students completing a licensure program or degree are qualified to serve students in a variety of educational settings.

Pathways Available

A graduate student may follow any of three options:

  1. Masters degree candidate in Special Education.
  2. Graduate Special Student for licensure in specific program (Master’s Degree requires additional coursework, comprehensive exam, and professional paper.)
  3. Post-Baccalaureate Undergraduate candidate for licensure in specific program(s). This option is for graduates of four-year institutions who wish to continue preparation as undergraduate students and obtain additional licensure. This is not a graduate option and does not lead to a graduate degree. See undergraduate catalog.

Apply for Graduate School.

Apply for Graduate Study in Special Education.

Admission Requirements

Master’s Degree, Graduate Special, and Post-Baccalaureate

  • Application Form for a specific program
  • Evidence of Minnesota Teaching License (See department if licensed in another state or if unlicensed).
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework documenting a previous degree and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater for the last 60 credits of study. An alternative to the GPA requirement is passing the Reading Writing and Math subtests as assessed by one of the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board approved examinations (e.g. MTLE, NES, GRE, ACT plus Writing, SAT) using the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board passing criteria.
  • Three references supporting the student’s potential for successful graduate work and advanced professional educational performance. Required forms are available on the Special Education website.


    Non-Degree LicensureGraduate CertificateMaster of Science (MS)

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