Special Education Student with school child.

Undergraduate Program:

WSU offers three undergraduate programs leading to licensure by the State of Minnesota Board of Teaching:

  • Learning Disabilities (LD), K-12 Licensure (109 credits) - Winona campus
  • Developmental Disabilities (DD) – Mild/Moderate/Severe/Profound, K-12 Licensure (115 credits) – Winona campus
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), Birth-Age Six Licensure (120 credits) – WSU-Rochester campus.  This program will not be admitting any new students after the Fall 2012 semester.

Graduate Program:

Advanced graduate study in special education prepare graduates for leadership roles in fields that serve children, youths, and adults with exceptionalities. Graduates emerge prepared for a variety of positions in:

  • public, private and state schools  
  • clinics  
  • educational centers  
  • governmental agencies  
  • private industries  
  • college teaching and research

WSU provides Master of Science degrees in Special Education with options in:

  • Learning Disabilities (Winona Campus)  
  • Developmental Disabilities (Winona Campus)  
  • Early Childhood Special Education (Rochester Campus) This program will not be admitting any new students after the Fall 2012 semester.

Here is specific information about the Application Process for students who would like to apply to a Special Education program and take coursework at the Graduate Level:
Special Education Graduate Application Process (PDF)

Other Pathways:

A graduate student may follow any of three options:

  • Masters degree candidate in Special Education.
  • Graduate Special Student for licensure in specific program (Master’s Degree requires additional coursework, comprehensive exam, and professional paper.)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Undergraduate candidate for licensure in specific program (s). This option is for graduates of four-year institutions who wish to continue preparation as undergraduate students and obtain additional licensure. This is not a graduate option and does not lead to a graduate degree.

Here is specific information about the Application Process for students who would like to apply to a Special Education program and take coursework at the Graduate Level:
Special Education Graduate Application Process (PDF)