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Special Education

Learn with Minot State
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.

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 prepares future 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.

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.

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Be inspired . . . earn our special education degree

Admission to teacher education
Students wishing to enroll in a double major in conjunction with the BSEd in SPED will complete all requirements of both majors as identified in the Minot State undergraduate catalog.
Student teaching
As a student teacher you will be responsible, as much as is appropriate, for the cooperating teacher’s classroom.
Employment outlook
Careers in special education are both exciting and rewarding! There is a strong need for certified special education teachers in North Dakota and 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.
Program Goals
The special education program at Minot State 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
Minot State University is in the process of applying for accreditation via the Council for Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and expects approval in early 2019. Teacher education programs are currently accredited by NCATE. Minot State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.