The Integrated Elementary & Special Education (IESE) major is based on research and the fact that K-6 teachers face students with a broad spectrum of needs in the classroom. Inclusion of students with disabilities, extraordinary increases of second language learners, higher proportions of low-income families, among other dynamics, compel us to provide the next generations of teachers with the knowledge and abilities required to serve students and their families with integrity.
The major emphasizes classroom diversity, internships, and learning to make accommodations for diverse learners, guided field experiences, and solid classroom practice. These dynamics are critical to preparing teaching professionals to assume the challenges of educating children in today’s complex society. Successful completion of the IESE program qualifies students to apply for state licensure to teach K-6 elementary education and K-12 special education (Academic Behavioral Strategist).
Benefits of this major:
- Minnesota’s only undergraduate Integrated Elementary Special Education teacher preparation major
- Extensive field experience in elementary and special education classrooms
- In-depth subject area preparation
- Dual Licensure (licensure in elementary education and special education)
- A competitive and marketable degree
The Integrated Elementary Special Education major is a 4.5-year program that qualifies students to apply for state licensure to teach K-6 elementary education and K-12 special education (Academic Behavioral Strategist). An effective teacher should possess a broad background in liberal and professional education. This professional major focuses on the structure of the various disciplines, the child as learner, the learning environment, diverse learners, teaching strategies in a field experience setting, and student teaching experience in both elementary and special education settings. All students complete a common core of courses in elementary and special education with emphasis in assessment, management, content subject areas, and teaching strategies.
For more information see the University catalog.
Major Contact Information
Major Contact - Elementary Education
Major Contact - Special Education