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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education - Developmental Disabilities (SEDD) - BT Major

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69 credits (no minor required)

2.75 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 credits)

See General Education Program (GEP) 

Goal 1: Communication (7 credits)

Goal 2: Critical Thinking

Fulfilled when all other goal areas are completed.

Goal 3: Natural Science (7 credits)

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

Goal 4: Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (3-4 credits)

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credits)

 Requires courses from at least two different subject areas.

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credits)

 Requires courses from at least two different subject areas.

Goal 7: Human Diversity (3 credits)

Goal 8: Global Perspectives (3 credits)

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility (3 credits)

Goal 10: People and the Environment (3 credits)

Teacher Education Licensure Program Information

Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Unit before taking Professional Education courses. 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 Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. Please contact your program academic advisor for the latest information about program requirements.

Criteria required to be met one semester before completing online application:

  • 30 college level credits completed with no more than 4 credits of pass/no credit
  • 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 grade or 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 (21 credits)

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 credits)

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:

Special Education Majors

Students majoring in Special Education only:


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

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