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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education - Developmental Disabilities (SEDD) - BT Major

72 S.H. (no minor required)

2.50 GPA required.

C grade or better required in major courses.

This program prepares students to become teachers licensed by the state of Minnesota to teach K-12 students with developmental cognitive disabilities (DCD). DCD is defined as “intellectual functioning significantly below average and is associated with concurrent deficits in adaptive behavior that require special education and related services.”

General Education Program (47 S.H.)

(See General Education Program (GEP) .)

Goal 1: Communication (7 S.H.)

Goal 2: Critical Thinking

 (This will be fulfilled when all other goal areas are completed.)

Goal 3: Natural Science (7 S.H.)

 (Requires one course with lab and encourages courses from at least two different subject areas.)

Goal 4: Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (3-4 S.H.)

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 S.H.)

 (Requires courses from at least two different subject areas.)

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts (9 S.H.)

 (Requires courses from at least two different subject areas.)

Goal 7: Human Diversity (3 S.H.)

Goal 8: Global Perspectives (3 S.H.)

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility (3 S.H.)

Goal 10: People and the Environment (3 S.H.)

Teacher Education Licensure Program Information

Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Unit before taking Professional Education courses. This process is competitive; the number of students admitted each semester is limited. Admission is based on grades (2.75 GPA), passing Basic Skills Exams and other measures. For more information on this Admission process, visit the Teacher Education Program Admissions page.

All Winona State University Teacher Education Licensure Programs  are continuously updated to reflect new licensure requirements from the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Please contact your program advisor for the latest information about program requirements whether you are (1) applying to a teacher education program, or (2) currently enrolled in a teacher education program.

Professional Education Sequence - Special Ed. (21 S.H.)

Note: Teacher education majors must complete all Professional Education Sequence courses in addition to content area courses. Refer to Teacher Education Licensure Programs  for more information.


  • EDFD 401 and 461 must be taken concurrently
  • EDFD 421 and 441 must be taken concurrently
  • EDFD 459 and 462 must be taken concurrently

Specialty Courses (12 S.H.)

Double majors in Education must meet with advisor to determine reading methods courses. Students double-majoring in Special Education and another content area should contact advisor to design an individual study program.

Elementary Education Double Majors

Students double-majoring in Elementary Education:


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

= Civic Engagement and Service Learning