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Special Education Licensure Programs

BSU offers licensures in the areas of Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, and Developmental Adapted Physical Education. In addition, current information about other collaborative licensure programs can be found on the Department of Professional Education website. Before registering for classes, students should contact the School of Graduate Studies (218-755-2027) to enroll. Please note the following regarding the special education licensure programs:

Specific Learning Disabilities Licensure
Contact Dr. Judy Olson for further information.
Note: Course enrollment for all classes is capped and prerequisite courses will be enforced.

  1. Core Skills for Teachers of Special Education
    ED 3600/5600 Study of the Learner with Special Needs (3 credits)
    ED 3640/5640 Due Process in Special Education (3 credits)
    ED 3650/5650 Collaborative Techniques for Special Educators (3 credits)
    ED 4715/5715 Curriculum Techniques with Special Populations (3 credits)
  2. Subject Matter Skills for Learning Disabilities
    ED 3201/5201 Language Arts I (3 credits)
    or ED 6230 Curriculum and Instruction in Developmental Reading in Elementary School (2 credits)
    ED 3221/5221 Elementary Math Methods (3 credits)
    or MATH 3052/5052 Math Models, Games, and Activities for the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
    ED 3608/5608 Mathematics for Learners with Special Needs (2 credits)
    ED 3620/5620 Teaching the Learner with Specific Learning Disabilities I (3 credits)
    ED 6237 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties (2 credits)
    ED 6608 Language Development and Disabilities (3 credits)
    ED 6609 Diagnosis and Assessment of Learners with Special Needs (3 credits)
    ED 6620 Teaching the Learner with Specific Learning Disabilities II (3 credits)

Total Semester Credits Required for SLD License 33-34 Credits

Emotional Behavioral Disorders Licensure
Contact Dr. Judy Olson for further information.
Note: Course enrollment for all classes is capped and prerequisite courses will be enforced.

  1. Core Skills for Teachers of Special Education
    ED 3600/5600 Study of the Learner with Special Needs (3 credits)
    ED 3640/5640 Due Process in Special Education (3 credits)
    ED 3650/5650 Collaborative Techniques for Special Educators (3 credits)
    ED 4715/5715 Curriculum Techniques with Special Populations (3 credits)
  2. Subject Matter Skills for Emotional Behavioral Disorders
    ED 3201/5201 Language Arts I (3 credits)
    or ED 6230 Curriculum and Instruction in Developmental Reading in Elementary School (2 credits)
    ED 3221/5221 Elementary Math Methods (3 credits)
    or MATH 3052/5052 Math Models, Games, and Activities for the Elementary Classroom (3 credits)
    ED 3608/5608 Mathematics for Learners with Special Needs (2 credits)
    ED 3630/5630 Teaching the Learner with Emotional Behavioral Disorders I (3 credits)
    ED 6237 Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties (2 credits)
    ED 6608 Language Development and Disabilities (3 credits)
    ED 6609 Diagnosis and Assessment of Learners with Special Needs (3 credits)
    ED 6630 Teaching the Learner with Emotional Behavioral Disorders II (3 credits)

Total Semester Credits Required for E/BD License 33-34 Credits

Developmental Adapted Physical Education Minor and Licensure
Contact Dr. James Mastro for further information.
Note: Course enrollment for all classes is capped and prerequisite courses will be enforced.

  1. Core Skills for Teachers of Special Education
    ED 3600/5600 Study of the Learner with Special Needs (3 credits)
    ED 3640/5640 Due Process in Special Education (3 credits)
    ED 3650/5650 Collaborative Techniques for Special Educators (3 credits)
  2. Subject Matter Skills for Developmental Adapted Physical Education
    PHED 4211/5211 D/APE History, Philosophy, Diagnosis, and Assessment (3 credits)
    PHED 4212/5212 Developmental Techniques for Adapted Physical Education (3 credits)
    PHED 4217/5217 D/APE Sport and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (3 credits)
    PHED 4218/5218 Adapted Aquatics (2 credits)
    PHED 4970/5970 Internship: D/APE Practicum (3 credits)

Total Semester Credits Required for D/APE Minor and License 23 Credits


Non-Teaching Degree Option

Individuals who have a four-year degree other than elementary or secondary education but want to enter the teaching profession and special education should inquire about the Non-Teaching Degree Option. There are two components to the option. First, individuals will need to complete the Standards of Effective Practice block of courses, which is 33 credits. These courses are required for all individuals seeking licensure through Bemidji State University. Second, individuals will need to complete all the courses in the Specific Learning Disabilities or the Emotional Behavioral Disorders license. Upon completion of both the Standards of Effective Practice block of courses and the Special Education licensure courses, the individual will do a 12 credit student teaching experience in special education (ED 4840/5840) which is required in the Standards of Effective Practice block of courses.

The Standards of Effective Practice

ED 3100/5100 Introduction to the Foundations of Public School Education (3 credits)
ED 3110/5110 Educational Psychology (3 credits)
ED 3140/5140 Human Relations in Education (3 credits)
ED 3350/5350 Pedagogy: Planning for Instruction (3 credits)
ED 3780/5780 Adaptation and Management: Designing the Learning Environment (3 credits)
ED 4799/5799 The Professional Teacher (1 credit)
ED 4840/5840 Student Teaching - Special Fields (12 credits)
HLTH 3400/5400 Health and Drugs in Society (2 credits)

Subtotal 30 Credits


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