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.”
(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) and other measures. For more information on this Admission process, visit the Teacher Education Program Admissions page.
Criteria required semester before completing online application:
30 college level credits completed with no more than 4 credits of pass/no credit courses
Cumulative G.P.A. of at least ≥ 2.75 based on 30 most recent credits including all credits per semester
B grade or better in a 3-credit college level writing course (ENG 111 if taken at WSU)
B grade or better in a 3-credit college level speech course (CMST 191 or 192 if taken at WSU)
C gor better in a 3-credit college level math course (Math 202 is required for Elementary and Early Childhood majors)
Early Clinical experience; clinical hours ≥ 15 hours:
Can be met by taking college level course(s) with clinical hours (including courses enrolled in the semester of the TE Admission application). Syllabus/clinical hour evaluation needed if non-WSU course.
Can be met through a comparable work or volunteer experience completed after high school graduation. Complete Early Clinical Form with supervisor and return to 212 Cathedral.
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.
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.