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Special Education Programs Advancing the Common Good

The University of St. Thomas offers six 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.   

 We offer 6 state-accredited special education preparation programs where you can work towards an initial teaching license and complete a Master of Arts degree.  

  • 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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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.