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Special Education Programs Advancing the Common Good

The University of St. Thomas offers 6 high-quality, state-accredited special education teacher preparation programs where you can work towards an initial or additional special education teaching license and complete a Master of Arts degree.  

Our award-winning programs include highly flexible (hyflex) formats with in-person and online (synchronous and asynchronous) options taught by engaging faculty dedicated to your success.    

  • Academic Behavior Strategist (mild to moderate cross-categorical disabilities)  
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder    
  • Developmental Cognitive Disabilities    
  • Early Childhood Special Education   
  • Emotional or Behavioral Disorders   
  • Specific Learning Disabilities  

Through traditional and district-serving “grow your own” teacher formats, we prepare inclusive minded educators who focus on student’s strengths and are prepared to teach in-person and through distance education.   

We look forward to working with you on your journey to becoming a special educator, where you make a difference in the lives of students.   

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Summer Institutes

The University of St. Thomas is proud to offer Special Education Summer Institutes in four disability areas:

  • Emotional Behavioral Disorders: May 26th- August 19th, 2021
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: June 9th- August 19th, 2021
  • Learning Disabilities: June 9th- August 19th, 2021
  • Developmental Cognitive Disabilities: June 9th- August 19th, 2021

These Summer Institutes provide an opportunity to learn how to meet the needs of learners with ASD, EBD, LD or DCD and are conveniently scheduled over the summer or online to meet the needs of working educators. These courses count toward a Special Education License or Certificate. 

Learn more about our Summer Institutes here

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Initial License/MA in Teaching Special Education

The University of St. Thomas makes it easy for new teachers to jumpstart their careers by earning a Master's degree with an initial teaching license. This option prepares students earning their initial teaching license in special education to make in impact on classrooms from day one.  

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Additional Licensure

Already a licensed teacher? The University of St. Thomas makes it easy to earn an additional license. And even better, you can earn your MA in Special Education with just a few more courses.

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Master of Arts Degree: Special Education

Set yourself up for success in the world of Special Education with this invaluable advanced degree. This program is a perfect fit for experienced teachers looking to earn an initial or additional special education license, as well as an MA.  


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Graduate Studies in K-12 Education

Earn this degree and brighten your future in PK-12 leadership, higher education, administration or student affairs.

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Educational Leadership Masters Programs

Sharpen your educational leadership skills, so you can push through organizational obstacles to implement change.

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Continuing Education/Certificates

Looking for ways to advance, we have options. Take your pick from our list of programs and earn the certificate you need.