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Integrated Elementary and Special Education B.A.Sc.

Program Type: 
Bachelor of Applied Science

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Integrated Elementary and Special Education (IESE) qualifies students to apply for Minnesota state licensure to teach K-6 general elementary education and K-12 special education in the areas of learning disabilities, emotional behavior disorders, autism spectrum, developmental cognitive delay, and other health impairments within the mild to moderate range.

This multi-categorical special education license is called Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS). Graduates receive a broad liberal and professional education. The program focuses on the structure of the various disciplines: the child as learner, the learning environment, diverse learners, teaching strategies in practicum settings, and the student teaching experience in both elementary and special education settings.

  • Graduates qualify for licensure in K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 Academic & Behavioral Strategist Special Education.
  • Emphasis in theory and teaching strategies in literacy and language arts; math; social studies; science; classroom and behavior management; and assessment and academic intervention.
  • Students have more than 750 hours of structured and supervised work in area classrooms before they begin student teaching.
  • Coursework focused on teaching about and with American Indians and other diverse populations to teach students how to work well with all learners and improve their understanding of social justice concepts.

Acquired Skills

  • Relationship development (with other teachers, parents, families, etc.).
  • Collaborative planning.
  • Sensitivity and responsiveness to others.
  • Effective lesson-planning that addresses the varying needs of children in regular and special education settings.

Career Possibilities

Entry level positions include Elementary Education Teacher, Special Education Teacher, and Tutoring Services.  Advanced degree positions include Dean of Students, Principal, Academic Advisor, School Counselor, and Superintendent.

Admissions and Scholarships

Students in CEHSP are eligible to apply for more than 100 scholarships each academic year typically totaling $120,000 annually.  For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit our scholarship webpage:

UMD's Education Department has over 25 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Scholarships vary in criteria and some are specifically for subject areas or students entering student teaching in the US or starting their student teaching abroad.

Faculty Highlights

  • Actively conduct research.
  • Recipients of campus and college awards for outstanding teaching, research, advising and service.

Graduate Report

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data & Employers

Here's a sampling of positions Integrated Elementary and Special Education grads have attained six months to one year after graduation.

  • Special Education Teacher - Anoka-Hennepin Schools, Coon Rapids, MN
  • 2nd Grade Teacher - District 196, Eagan, MN
  • High School Special Education Teacher - Duluth Public Schools ISD 709, Duluth, MN
  • Elementary Teacher - Glenwood City School District, Glenwood City, WI
  • Teacher - Proctor Public Schools, Proctor, MN
  • Teacher - Superior School District, Superior, WI

For more data see the Integrated Elementary and Special Education Graduate Follow-up Report.
For ideas about Integrated Elementary and Special Education and other majors visit Career & Internship Services.