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Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)Special Education with Specific Learning Disabilities Licensure

The Master of Arts in Special Education is designed for individuals who hold a valid Minnesota teaching license and who wish to expand their teaching skills and knowledge of the characteristics and interventions used with students with specific learning disabilities.

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Special Education with Specific Learning Disabilities Licensure Curriculum Overview

The Master of Arts in Special Education is designed to prepare highly effective professional, decision-making, and reflective educators who are proficient in foundational knowledge; referral, evaluation, planning, and programming; instructional design, teaching, and ongoing evaluation; collaboration and communication, standards of effective practice; and core special education skills including instructional strategies, social/emotional health, social competence, cultural competence, classroom management and academic competence.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
SPED - 580 Ethical Issues for Prof Educ 3
SPED - 582 Tchg Stdts w/Linguistic Diff 3
SPED - 583 Collab in Inclusive Settings 3
ED - 521 Educ Research & Applications 3
SPED - 581 Instruct Strg: Mid/Mod Disabil 3
SPED - 590 Tchng Stdts/Math or Lang Dif 3
SPED - 589 Collaborative Consult. SPED 3
SPED - 586 Learners & Disab: Educ Assess 3
SPED - 591 Applied Experience in LD 3
ED - 590 Research & Complete Capstone 3

A study of ethics and moral philosophy with application to the field of special education. Current educational issues will be examined in the context of the lives and careers of the PK-12 special educator.

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A study of the issues and approaches to educating a culturally and linguistically diverse population and those with reading difficulties.

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A Study and applied practice in collaboration teaching between general educators and special educators and paraprofessionals in both settings.

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Mastering the systematic and rigorous process of posing a focused question, developing a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, collecting and analyzing relevant data and drawing conclusions.

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An examination of the knowledge and skills needed to learn about and apply instructional strategies in preK-12 classroom settings.

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An examination of the mathematical and writing needs of learners in contemporary classrooms and research-based practices for meeting those needs.

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An examination of techniques with relation to collaborating with parents, caregivers, community services, and other support services to enhance the learning of the learner with special needs.

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Development of competencies in the use and interpretation of instruments to measure educational achievement, learning discrepancies, and inferential thinking and conceptual development.

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Students complete supervised practice in teaching learners with special needs. Specialized methods and on going diagnosis are used within a clinical setting. (Prerequisites: All course work within specified licensure program.)

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A review and critical analysis of current educational research focused on a specific question. Students complete the capstone project.

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Required Course

The following course will be required if you have not previously taken courses for Reading Foundations and Assessment.

SPED 562 Literacy Strategies for Grades K-6: SPED 6 credits


  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system. More information can be found on the How to Request Official Transcripts site.
    • Please have all official transcripts sent to: Concordia University – Saint Paul Office of Graduate Admission ATTN: Kristine Erickson 1282 Concordia Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Career Potential

Students can earn a Master of Arts in Special Education with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Licensure (30 Credit Hours). Students who are not looking to earn a Master’s degree can obtain a Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) licensure without a Master’s degree (24 Credit Hours).

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