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Minot State University is a leader in the preparation of special education professionals.

Enrollment Services

Special Education

Program goals
The Special Education program at Minot State University provides future teachers with:

  • A robust training program that reflects the latest trends in the field of special education
  • Individualized student support from supportive faculty, practicum supervisors and cooperating teachers in the schools
  • Coursework grounded in both theory and evidence-based teaching strategies
  • Exemplary advising from faculty so students are prepared and graduate in a timely manner

Program description
The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) for Special Education is a certification program that prepares students to work with children and youth with disabilities in grades K – 12. Faculty prepare teachers to provide a variety of educational options based on individual needs and to design curriculum based on the whole child in the context of their individual learning profile, family, and culture.

Because the general classroom should be the first placement option for students with disabilities, the program emphasizes and provides training to pre-service special education teachers on how to collaborate with general education professionals. The students will also learn adaptive techniques and assistive technologies that facilitate the successful integration of students with diverse learning needs. The special education program prepares students to work with a diverse range of students and teaches evidence-based strategies that are effective for all learners.

The program also offers a minor in deaf education (18 credits) and provides extensive experiences in integrating best practices for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students wishing to receive more information in meeting the needs of students with disabilities may be interested in our concentration in Special Education (12 credits).

Students in this program receive training in the following areas:
Differentiated Instruction, Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technologies, American Sign Language, Applied Behavior Analysis, Positive Behavior Supports, Autism, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Collaboration through Interdisciplinary Teamwork, Evidence Based Instructional Practices, Early Intervention, Sensory Disabilities, Transition to Adult Life, Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, Leadership, Cultural Competency, Special Education Law and Policy.

Graduates desiring to teach in the public schools in North Dakota, must pass the state certification test (Praxis 1 and 2) in both content area and professional knowledge.

Career outlook
Careers in special education are both exciting and rewarding! There is a very strong need for certified special education teachers in the public schools not only in North Dakota but also throughout the nation. Teaching students with special needs is a great way to give back to the community and these children need you! Help students overcome their struggles and difficulties and assist them in developing functional, academic, self-determination and leadership skills. There are more jobs than teachers so choose where you’d like to teach!


Courses Required

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, please go to course catalog.

All courses subject to change. Other coursework required.

Contact Information
Evan D. Borisinkoff, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Special Education
Phone: 701-858-3055 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3055