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Special Education, Moderate and Severe Disabilities and Middle Grades (5-9) Certification Area of Concentration, Bachelor of Arts

Program Info
This program prepares our graduates to work with students with a range of disabilities in either the so-called mild (LBD: e.g. learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, behavioral disorders, etc.) or severe range (MSD: e.g. severe intellectual disability, autism, multiple disability, etc.) in public school programs at any grade level. It also certifies graduates to teach in the middle school.


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

NCATE is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation.

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1. Learning and Behavior Disorders (LBD , P-12) & 5-9*
2. Moderate and Severe Disabilities (MSD, P-12) & 5-9*

*5-9 certification is in one of the following academic areas: Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Science, or Mathematics

Admission Requirements:

All teacher education candidates must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP).  The following outlines the TEP Admission Requirements. 


  • Admission to MSU – In pursuit of completing a program leading to teacher certification 
  • Completion of minimum semester hours
    30 hours for IECE, P-5, Middle Grades or Special Education
    45 hours for secondary, 5-12 or P-12 programs 
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale OR a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on the last 30 credit hours completed. All college courses attempted must be part of the applicant‘s MSU transcript. All transfer courses, as well as MSU credit, are used in calculating GPA. There is no rounding up.
  • Completion of the following five core courses with grades of “C” or better:
    ENG 100 Writing I
    ENG 200 Writing II
    COMM 108 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
    EDF 207 Foundations of Education
    EDF 211 Human Growth & Development (EDEC 253 for IECE candidates)

Students applying for the TEP at MSU must obtain the following scores on the PRAXIS pre-professional skills (PPST) assessments:

  • Pre-Professional Skills Test: Mathematics - 174 AND 
  • Pre-Professional Skills Test: Reading – 176 AND 
  • Pre-Professional Skills Test: Writing – 174

For information about the praxis exams and to register for the test, please visit the PRAXIS website: 

Program Requirements:

- General Education, 36 Hours
- Program Requirements, 67 Hours
- Supplemental Requirements, 33 Hours
Total Requirements, 123 Hours

Candidates should apply for Teacher Education Program admission in the sophomore year since TEP admission is required for 300 level methods courses.

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