Help all students get the support they need to succeed
Improve outcomes for individuals who require specialized support to achieve success throughout their lifespan. At the University of Minnesota, we are committed to engaging in meaningful research—and to bridging research and practice—to improve the lives of children and families in diverse contexts, and to have a lasting impact on teacher education, leadership, and policy.
Programs and degrees
Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
Prepare to be an innovative researcher and engage in leadership that shapes the field of special education.
Master's of Arts (MA)
Conduct research and gain experience that is valuable to careers in research and practice as well as a future PhD.
Master's of Arts (MA) with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis (ABA)
Prepare to become a board certified behavior analyst.
Master's of Education with or without licensure
Advance your expertise for work within school systems while also having the option to become eligible to obtain a teaching license from one of our teacher licensure programs.
Choose from three tracks.
Master's degrees and teaching licensures
Minor, certificates, and study abroad
Tuition and funding
Faculty and staff
Professor and department chair
Associate professor, Deaf/Hard of Hearing licensure and MEd coordinator
Associate professor, special education program coordinator
Assistant teaching professor, special education licensure coordinator, ABS licensure program lead
Professor and head of special education MA with emphasis in ABA
Professor and Guy Bond Chair in Reading
Special education field placement coordinator, teaching specialist
Lecturer, early childhood special education (ECSE) licensure program lead
Director of undergraduate studies, teaching associate professor
CEHD Senior Associate Dean for Research and Policy, Distinguished McKnight University Professor
McKnight Presidential Fellow, associate professor, director of graduate studies, Autism Spectrum Disorder certificate coordinator