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Special Education

Do you have a dream of becoming a special education teacher or paraprofessional? Get started at Normandale, where you can gain the knowledge and skills necessary to fast-track your career in education. 

Earn your associate’s degree in special education, then seamlessly transfer to one of seven Minnesota State colleges for your bachelor’s. 

Scholarship Opportunity


Are You Ready to Take the Next Step?

Minnesota needs outstanding teachers, and getting your teaching career jump-started at Normandale is a smart choice.  

The Education Department at Normandale provides you with: 

  • Support on what coursework to take 
  • Information regarding transfer to a variety of programs 
  • Academic planning for Associate degrees in Special Education and Elementary Education 

What Makes Our Special Education Program Unique?

Normandale is one of a select number of community colleges that offers a comprehensive, liberal arts-focused degree in special education that seamlessly prepares you for your final two years at a Minnesota State university. 

Normandale also offers other unique opportunities for students:

SpedUp Program at Normandale

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

Sirtify Coordinator Marvis Kilgore


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

Special Education Program Basics

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