Minoring in Special Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. The special education minor at Concordia is offered online and consists of 12 credits that lead to a post-baccalaureate K-12 Special Education license in Learning Disabilities or Emotional Disorders (for complete teacher licensure in the state of Minnesota, students must complete their undergraduate degree, foundational courses and 13-16 credits of graduate-level coursework).
The special education minor is a personalized program in which you work very closely with faculty who are highly qualified in their fields, developing the skills and insights necessary to become an effective special education teacher. Concordia’s Lutheran heritage sets the standard for its willingness to appreciate the unique nature of each individual and prepare you to work with those individuals. It will be a relevant minor if you’re considering work as a paraprofessional in special education settings. (If students also possess a general education license, they are likely candidates for employment in special education on a variance.) Teachers possessing a minor in special education will find themselves more adequately prepared for addressing the individual learning needs of their students.