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Application for Admission to the Integrated Elementary Special Education Program (i.e., to the “IESE Blocks”) Information

All students start out at UMD as a Pre-IESE student.  A Pre-IESE status simply means that the student is completing the necessary courses (liberal education, lower division, and some upper division) and making progress towards completing the admission to the IESE program “blocks” requirements.  Once students meet the admission requirements, then students must formally apply for admission into the program (i.e., to the “IESE Blocks”).  The blocks are a total of 5 semesters or 2.5 years.  Once admitted to the blocks students will be required to complete 3 rigorous semesters of a common core including courses in elementary and special education with an emphasis in assessment, management, reading, math, and teaching strategies.  The final two semesters will then include student teaching in an elementary classroom setting and a special education setting. 

When to Apply?

Most students apply to the IESE Blocks during their sophomore spring or junior fall semester.  At this time students must meet the below requirements in order to be eligible.

Deadline Information

Admission to the Program Applications are due the sixth Friday of each semester, at 4 p.m., in the Education Office (150 EduE), for the following semester.

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Admission to the Program Requirements:

  • Take and Pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (link to (MTLE) Basic Skills Test (Reading, Writing, Math)
    • If you took and passed the Praxis I/PPST exam before September 1, 2010 your scores are valid until December 31,2015 and you do not need to take the MTLE Basic Skills Test.
  • Maintain at least a 2.7 cumulative and lower division GPA
  • Complete all lower division courses
  • Receive a C- or better in all required coursework
  • Complete a minimum of 60 hours of supervised hours with children
    • one experience must be in a diverse setting
    • one experience must be within 1 year from application to the blocks
    • one experience must be in a K-6th grade classroom
  • Get a minimum of 3 supervisor assessment forms (link to: completed from the supervisor you worked/volunteered with


Application Packet

Download Integrated Elementary Special Education Application Packet:  (as a Word file)

Application Supplemental Materials:

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Application Instructions [This is a Summary - See Complete Packet for Details]

The packet includes information and application materials for the Integrated Elementary Special Education Licensure Program.

Selection of Candidates

Acceptance into the Integrated Elementary Special Education Major is selective. Students must meet all the admission requirements to be accepted into the Integrated Elementary Special Education major. The number of students admitted to each cohort is limited in order to maintain a high quality program. Applicants are selected according to their rank in the application process.

The selection criteria include the following:

  1. Overall grade point average (GPA)
  2. Integrated Elementary Special Education lower division course GPA
  3. Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE) score for writing
  4. Reference forms
  5. Cover letter
  • Each of the above criteria is rated on a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high).
  • Candidates are ranked according to their total score.
  • In the fall, the top 60 candidates are admitted. In spring, only the top 30 candidates are admitted.

Preparation of Application

  • Applications must be completed in a professional manner, be stapled together and include all the elements in the checklist.
  • Incomplete and/or illegible packets will not be reviewed.

Submission of Application

TWO copies of each application packet must be submitted to the department receptionist. Please submit COPIES of original documents. Do not submit original documents.

  • A stamped copy will be returned to the applicant. Applicants must retain their stamped copy. If the applicant is accepted into the program, it will become a required element in the applicant's portfolio.
  • The application form and all supporting documents must be handed in to the Department of Education, 150 Education Endazhi-gikinoo'amaading, by the deadline.

Plan Ahead

Applications will not be accepted without the ADVISOR'S SIGNATURE.

Mandatory Admissions Meeting

If admitted to the Integrated Elementary Special Education Program, candidates must attend a mandatory admissions meeting. Details will be provided in the acceptance letter.


If you have any questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Dr. Lynn Brice (phone 218-726-6815 or email



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