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Developmental Disabilities Licensure


Special Education: Developmental Cognitive Disorders/Developmental Disabilities (DCD/DD):

The Southwest Minnesota State University Developmental Disability courses are accessible in an online format. The Developmental Disabilities category is for students in Kindergarten to grade 12. Developmental Disability is defined as a condition that results in intellectual functioning significantly below average and is associated with concurrent deficits in adaptive behavior that require special education and result in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activities: self-care; receptive and expressive language; learning; mobility; self-direction; capacity for independent living; and economic self-sufficiency. The program prepares you to work with students diagnosed with significantly below average intellectual functioning and deficits in adaptive behavior that affects educational performance. This program is only available to licensed Special Education ABS teachers.

The Developmental Disability program leading to licensure, is available to individuals who hold a MN ABS teaching license.This program will facilitate the current needs of teachers seeking licensure in the area of Developmental Disability.

Upon application to the program, transcripts will be reviewed and evaluated to ensure the Special Education Core courses and the required reading courses have been taken.

For more information on the curriculum please check out the course descriptions located in the academic catalog.

For further insight into when courses are available and suggested to be taken, please check the Developmental Disability advising guide.

To learn more about the application and financial aid process visit frequently asked questions. 

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