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Special Education

If you are interested in working as a special education teacher or paraprofessional, consider an associate degree in special education. Normandale offers a two-year comprehensive special education program that prepares you to easily transfer to one of seven Minnesota State universities to earn your bachelor's degree starting as a junior. You’ll save money on your classes if you start your special education program here. 

Check out the special education degree requirements and list of courses below. 

What's Different about a Special Education Degree?

As a special education teacher, you can make a significant difference in the lives of young people who have disabilities that may make learning difficult. They can thrive in their classes with a teacher who has this distinct knowledge and degree. 

As you move toward earning an associate degree in special education at Normandale, you will begin to understand these students’ unique challenges and how to adapt lessons so they can be successful. After two years here, you’ll be prepared to transfer to earn a bachelor of science degree in special education at one of seven Minnesota State universities. 

Special Education Program Basics

Here are two additional opportunities for Normandale students interested in specialized special education careers:

Normandale student in the SPEDUP special education degree program.

SpedUp Program

The mission of SpedUP is to recruit and support BIPOC students as they pursue the first two years of a special education degree

Image of Normandale's Sirtify Program Director Marvis Kilgore


Sirtify's mission is to recruit and support Black, African American, and African men into Education pathways.

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