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Affordable, Flexible, and Transfer-friendly

Earn your Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Special Education from Mayville State completely online. Complete the BSED in Special Education as a standalone degree, or as a double-major with Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or a Secondary Education major.  


Mayville State University’s online Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree program has been ranked among the best online Special Education programs by OnlineSchoolsCenter.com (2021). The selection was based on weighted factors, including program and school criteria and ancillary services.

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 (Mathematics Education and English Education available online). Students at other North Dakota University System institutions or other universities can pursue the special education major entirely online while completing their early childhood education, elementary education, or secondary education majors on another campus.

BSED Special Education Factsheet (Double-major option)

Or, you can earn the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Special Education online as a standalone major. 

Standalone/Fast-Track Option

The goal of the Special Education program is to prepare teacher candidates for entry to special education professional practice with knowledge and skills and skills to practice safely, ethically, and effectively with a mutlicatergorical population of students with special needs. Special education candidates must master appropriate core academic subject matter as well as be prepared for the complex challenges of teaching individuals with exceptional learning needs. The Special Education program seeks to prepare students to:

  • Apply specialized pedagogical knowledge subject matter content.

  • Master appropriate core academic subject matter content.

  • Demonstrate instructional strategies and assessments that are developmentally appropriate for diverse learners.

  • Observe, document, and analyze characteristics, behaviors, and learning environments of populations with special needs.

  • Demonstrate professional dispositions and ethical practice through collaborative interactions.

  • Apply effective verbal and non-verbal communication, multi-media, and using current technology skills in specialized settings.

The Special Education program is available completely online.

  • Classes are scheduled for summer, fall, or spring terms.

  • This unique online program allows licensed teachers to pursue Special Education licensure at the bachelor’s degree level.

  • This program supports a traditional 4-year degree, transfer students, and the possibility of receiving a bachelor’s degree in as little as 2.5 years.

  • This Fast-track option has been uniquely developed incorporating 8-week and 16-week courses.

BSED Special Education Factsheet (Standalone major option)

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 a 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.


Mayville State University accepts transfer credit from regionally recognized accredited institutions of postsecondary education. All credit hours earned from the institutions that meet this criterion are accepted in transfer towards graduation degree credit hours.

Mayville State is working with community and technical colleges in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Arizona, and Washington. Below you will find links to detailed transfer information from some of the institutions we have been working with. These are only sample articulations. Actual transfer credit granted will vary.

Find articulation agreements with Mayville State.


Mayville State online and distance courses cost $337.25 per credit for tuition and fees (2023-2024), regardless of a student's state of residency. Please note, tuition is subject to change without notice.  Financial aid may be available in the form of grants and loans. To see if you are eligible for financial aid, you first need to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). When completing the form, list Mayville State University (Title IV code 002993) on your application.


Pre-education requirements

Mayville State University’s nationally accredited education programs have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in North Dakota and prepare students for licensure exams in North Dakota.

North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement.  Although most states accept our teacher education program graduates for licensure, licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. On-campus and online/distance students living in or moving to any state other than North Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state. Students seeking to establish licensure outside the state of North Dakota are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to beginning any on-campus or online/distance academic program that would lead to licensure. It is important for all students to understand the licensure requirements in the state they intend to seek teacher licensure.

The Division of Education will provide all students information about teacher education licensing in the state of North Dakota.  As well, a student’s academic advisor will provide information on the requirements of other states in which the student intends to seek licensure after the student completes the State Teacher Licensure Requirements form.

Online/Distance Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, Physical Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching.

On-Campus Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and all Secondary Education programs (Mathematics, English, Physical Education, Health, Composite Science, Composite Social Science). 

Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include several factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required state-specific entrance exams and basic skills tests
  • Application fee
  • Exam fees
  • Additional Coursework
  • Specialized trainings and certifications

The MSU Enrollment Center with the assistance of the MSU Division of Education has created a state list of requirements for teacher licensure in other states. Prospective students seeking licensure outside the state of North Dakota should contact either Misti Wuori, misti.wuori@mayvillestate.edu, or the Division of Teacher Education to determine state licensure requirements.

Note: Individual state licensure requirements are subject to change anytime.

For more information or an unofficial transcript review, please contact:

Julie St. Germaine :: MSU Distance Education Program Coordinator

Connie Kaldor

Online Advisor & Recruiter
Phone: 701-788-4721
Text: 701-401-5791