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Exceptionalities Minor

The exceptionalities minor will give you the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate the learning and development of children with disabilities, giftedness or other areas of diversity. This minor is an excellent option for undergraduates who are majoring in teacher education or related fields.

Why should students choose St. Thomas and this program?

Our teacher education programs provide opportunities for you to understand theory and put it into practice. Coursework and field time spent in schools are balanced and integrated throughout the program.

With the exceptionalities minor you will: 

  • Make yourself more marketable as a new teacher with this added knowledge and skill.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-12 classroom.
  • Learn from expert faculty closely connected with the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom.
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty who will inspire and sustain you throughout your career.

Program Overview

  • Course Requirements
  • Four Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Service learning, internships, etc.
  • Course Requirements

    Exceptionalities minor requirements include courses in collaboration skills, a survey of exceptionality and a behavior management course. You’ll also choose two additional courses from the following:

    • Fundamentals for Students with Mild to Moderate Needs
    • Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Interventions
    • Fundamentals for Preschoolers

    Four Year Plan

    NA for minor

    Degrees Awarded

    NA for minor

    Service learning, internships, etc.

    Partnerships with private, public and charter schools have resulted in meaningful field and clinical practice experiences for all teacher candidates.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    Exceptionalities minor requirements include courses in collaboration skills, a survey of exceptionality and a behavior management course. You’ll also choose two additional courses from the following:

    • Fundamentals for Students with Mild to Moderate Needs
    • Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Interventions
    • Fundamentals for Preschoolers

    Four Year Plan

    Four Year Plan

    NA for minor

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    NA for minor

    Service learning, internships, etc.

    Service learning, internships, etc.

    Partnerships with private, public and charter schools have resulted in meaningful field and clinical practice experiences for all teacher candidates.
    Children playing on playground.

    Possible Careers

    • Teacher
    • Social worker

    Our Special Education Licensures

    All six special education licensures are taught at the graduate level by faculty from the School of Education.

    Bringing Real-World Experience to Future Educators

    Our faculty include current teachers who are leaders in their field and bring real-world experience to the classroom.