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Emotional or Behavior Disorder Licensure

Special Education: Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD):

The Southwest Minnesota State University Emotional or Behavioral Disorder courses are accessible in an on-line format. The Emotional Behavioral Disorders program prepares you to evaluate and design instruction for students with the diagnosis between kindergarten and age 21. Candidates will be prepared to work with students in the mild-to-severe range of the disability. For students to meet criteria for EBD, the student must demonstrate behavioral consistency by having an established pattern of one or more of the following emotional or behavioral responses:

  1. withdrawal or anxiety, depression, problems with mood, or feelings of self-worth;
  2. disordered thought processes with unusual behavior patterns and atypical communication styles; or
  3. aggression, hyperactivity, or impulsivity.

The established pattern of emotional or behavioral responses must adversely affect educational or developmental performance, including intrapersonal, academic, vocational or social skills; be significantly different from appropriate age, cultural or ethnic norms; and be more than temporary, expected responses to stressful events in the environment. The emotional or behavioral responses must be consistently exhibited in at least three different settings, two of which must be educational settings, and one other setting in either the home, child care or community. The responses must not be primarily the result of intellectual, sensory, or acute or chronic physical health conditions.

The courses are available to individuals who hold a MN teaching license seeking an anchor or additional license. All Minnesota teaching license requirements must be met to be eligible for the EBD license.

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.

This program will facilitate the current needs of teachers seeking licensure or certification in the area of Emotional or Behavioral Disorder.


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 Emotional or Behavioral Disorder advising guide.

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

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