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Special Education

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Minot State University is a leader in the preparation of special education (SPED) professionals. We have a 100% placement rate and our graduates teach in schools throughout the United States and Canada. Because the general classroom should be the first placement option for students with disabilities, our program emphasizes collaborative skills, adaptive techniques, and assistive technologies that facilitate the successful integration of students with diverse learning needs.

Our special education program provides you 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 you are prepared and graduate in a timely manner.

Preparing to teach
The Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) with a major in Special Education is an initial licensure program that prepares you to work with children and youth with disabilities in grades PreK – 12. Our faculty will prepare you 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.

You will 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.

Minor in special education
This minor provides students with foundational knowledge and methods skills to teach students with disabilities in school settings. Students who are pursuing an education degree will be eligible to also teach special education in the state of North Dakota by completing this minor. All coursework is available through distance technologies.

Minor in deaf and hard of hearing education
The Department of Special Education at Minot State has a 55-year history of offering programs related to supporting individuals with hearing loss. This minor will provide you with foundational knowledge of teaching children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. For those students pursuing other majors who wish to gain knowledge and skills in special education, a 12 credit concentration is available.

Career outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, special education teachers earn a median pay of $61,820 per year.

Offered: On campus, online

Be inspired . . . earn your special education degree

Employment outlook
Careers in special education are both exciting and rewarding! There is a strong need for certified special education teachers in the public schools in North Dakota and throughout the nation. Teaching students with special needs is a great way to help every student reach their potential. There are more jobs than teachers so choose where you’d like to teach.
At Minot State, we have a 100% placement rate for our SPED graduates. With a 10% job growth projected by 2020, special education is experiencing the fastest career growth in education. All states are in need of SPED teachers, giving you many opportunities.
Career information
Careers in special education are the fastest growth in education with a median pay of $59,000.
Additional options
For those students pursuing other majors who wish to gain knowledge and skills in special education, a 12 credit concentration is available.

Teacher education programs at Minot State University are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP). Minot State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.