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Special Education, Minor

Learn more about the process of educating individuals with special needs through Saint Louis University's minor in special education, which is open to non-education majors and requires 19 credits. 

Gain new tools to assess, intervene and support struggling learners through this minor program. Courses also address federal laws covering the rights of individuals with disabilities.

The minor complements degree programs in health-related fields such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, and communication sciences and disorders, as well as degrees in aviation, social work, psychology, sociology and public health.

Students seeking the minor in special education will encounter an interdisciplinary faculty who understand and research the impact of all disabilities on individuals and their families and the necessary educational and public policies to support them. The qualified faculty have extensive K-12 special education teaching experience and care deeply about students. 


No matter what career you choose, there will be individuals with disabilities and special needs in the school or work environment. The special education minor prepares students to understand and effectively teach each individual to reach their potential. 

Since the workforce is comprised of individuals with special needs and individuals without special needs, having an understanding that people learn differently will create a work environment that welcomes, accepts, and embraces all individuals. Obtaining an additional specialization makes an individual more marketable for employment.

SLU's minor in special education does not qualify for state certification.

Required Courses: (16 credits)
EDSP 4310Ed & Psych of the Exp Ind3
EDSP 3700Intro to Disabilities Studies3
EDSP 3560Special Ed. Process2
EDSP 4600Medical Implications in Special Education3
EDSP 4510Collaboration in Special Education2
EDSP 4240Classroom Organization and Management (Early Childhood, ECSE, Elementary, Special Education)3
or EDSP 4250 Classroom Organization and Management (Middle, Secondary and Special Education)
Elective: please choose 1 class from the following:3
EDI 3015
Creative Arts & Play
EDI 3001
English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom
EDF 3840
Professional Ethics
EDL 3892
Leadership and Service Seminar
EDSP 4470
Teach Meth for Inc Class EC/EL
or EDSP 4480
Teaching Method Incl Class Mid & Sec
Total Credits19

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 for acceptance and continuation. Courses must be completed with no grade lower than a "C." A grade of “C-” does not satisfy the requirement.

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please contact:
Saint Louis University School of Education