Augsburg College offers licensure programs in learning disabilities (LD) and emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD). Both programs are approved by the State of Minnesota Board of Teaching and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. These programs lead to a license qualifying holders to teach in K-12 special education settings.
The program is based on an internship model and is ideal for students currently working as paraprofessionals, educational assistants, or as provisionally licensed teachers in EBD and/or LD settings. Students admitted to the program can continue to be employed by their district (if their district concurs) while completing their coursework and student teaching, allowing for coursework and experience to occur simultaneously. The program is feasible for students not currently working in EBD/LD settings, however these students will be required to complete 7-10 fieldwork hours each week in an EBD/LD setting to provide a context for Special Education courses and assignments.
Licensure in special education is available for all majors during in the weekend schedule (F-Su) only. The programs are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Go to the Augsburg College Online Course Catalog for descriptions of specific courses in our licensure programs.
Earning a Minnesota teaching certificate is not merely course-based. Students demonstrate their possession of rigorous outcome-based professional standards by completing a program portfolio as they progress through the Education Department coursework. Students submit their program portfolio after student teaching is completed.