Special Education

Special Education at Bemidji State University

We offer programs in special education for three licensure areas: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, and Specific Learning Disabilities; candidates will complete field experiences embedded within coursework for all levels required for licensure K-12; ASD is a birth to grade 12 license.  Required core course work is the same for all BSU Special Education licenses. The required methods courses  are dependent upon the area of licensure. We also offer a Master of Special Education program.

Are you an undergraduate student seeking electives in education?

Consider enrolling in these courses to gain a deeper understanding of learners:

SPED 3600/5600 Study of the Learner with Special Needs (3 cr)
SPED 3650/5650 Collaboration (3 cr)
SPED 4715/5715 Curriculum Techniques (3 cr)

Which license-program option is best for me?

  1. You have a Minnesota teaching license in any K-12 area and want to pursue a license in special education: You will apply to the School of Graduate Studies for Special Education.
  2. You have a bachelor’s degree but you do not have a teaching licenseYou will apply to the Bemidji State University FasTrack Program.Bemidji State University FasTrack Program.      
  3. You have a MN special education teaching license. You want to add another special education license. You will apply to the  School of Graduate Studies for Special Education.

The Master of Special Education (MSpEd) is an online applied degree designed for teachers who wish to enhance their knowledge about special education. The Master of Special Education emphasizes application of theory to practice through field experiences in each course. A majority of the required credit hours in the Master of Special Education degree are based on the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Minnesota Special Education Licensure Standards. The remaining credit hours are research-based and facilitate the planning for and development of an application project.

Please download the Bemidji State University Special Education Program Handbook as a resource for your work at BSU.

For more information please contact: SPED@bemidjistate.edu

(218) 755-3734