A Bachelor's Degree in Special Education - Pursue this exciting new opportunity at Mayville State!

student_spec_ed.jpgMayville State University was given State Board of Higher Education approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree in special education in May of 2013. This is an exciting new opportunity for students who wish to become teachers in North Dakota.

If you do not yet have a bachelor's degree, you can earn a double major with the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Special Education online or on campus, and a major in early childhood education, elementary education, or secondary education. Students completing their early childhood education, elementary education, or secondary education majors through other universities may concurrently pursue the special education major at Mayville State entirely online.

A Need for Qualified Teachers 

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the discipline's professional organization, has acknowledged a "chronic and severe shortage of personnel to deliver special education services." The U.S. Department of Education approximated 50,000 individuals practicing special education who are unqualified. This negatively impacts the learning of more than one million students with disabilities. Mayville State's bachelor's level program meets entry-level expectations for special educators in the areas of standards-based curriculum content, subject matter content, and individualized pedagogical content.


Graduates of Mayville State's B.S.Ed. program in special education will be prepared to meet requirements of CEC Common Core of Knowledge and Skills, the Individualized General Education Curriculum, and Individualized Independence Curriculum or Early Childhood Special Education/Early Intervention, of the CEC, and endorsement standards for the state of North Dakota.

Career Options

Individuals with this degree will be equipped to work in a variety of career options. They might support people with disabilities in schools, or work in human service agencies, adult education, or community-home support. Students pursuing this degree will complete courses online and face-to-face in early childhood, elementary, or secondary special education. Students will be eligible to apply for early childhood, elementary, or secondary teaching licensure.

Transfer Students

Mayville State is working with community and technical colleges in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Arizona, and Washington. Click here to see articulation agreements between Mayville State and a variety of community and technical colleges. Please note that these are provided for reference only. Actual transfer credit granted will vary.

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Mathematics Education fulfill licensing requirements in the State of North Dakota and North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement. If you plan to seek licensure in your state of residence, it is your responsibility to contact your state's licensure board to determine if this program will meet their requirements.  The Office of Extended Learning and Teacher Education Department can work with out of state students on an individual basis to fulfill licensing requirements. 

More Information

Want to learn more? Contact Mayville State advisor, Connie Kaldor at connie.kaldor@mayvillestate.edu.

Special Education Majors