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EXED Non-Teaching Minor

The EFEX Department offers an 18-hour undergraduate minor in exceptional education.  The undergraduate minor is designed for students who wish to acquire professional knowledge related to working with individuals with exceptionalities but who do not want to pursue teacher licensure in special education. The undergraduate non-teaching minor is designed for students from programs outside of EXED (Communication Sciences Disorders, Psychology, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Social Work, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, etc.).  The minor is not an endorsement or license for working with special education students.

See program requirements below and/or contact the advisor for more information.

Advising Requirements:

√  Students wishing to add the exceptional education minor must complete a 1-module online process consisting of a Program Plan (to develop an approved program of study) and a Student Information Sheet.

    »    Module can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.  Complete short Qualtrics Survey and you will be taken to Canvas to access Module.

√  Once the module has been completed, EFEX will be notified and will complete your Declaration and forward to the Registrar for processing. 

√  The minor must be declared no later than the end of the first semester of a student’s Junior Year.

√  Students are encouraged to meet yearly with the minor advisor.

Program Requirements:

√  A total of 18 credits must be completed from the courses listed below.  Twelve (12) credit hours of coursework are required while the other 6 consist of elective courses.  Some electives are open to everyone, while others are only open to those who are IDLS majors and teaching minors.  Please do not confuse the two

√  Students must earn a “C” or better in courses for credits to count towards the minor (grades of “C-” and below do not count). 

EXED 200 is a pre-requisite to all other minor courses except EXED 440, and therefore, must be taken before any other courses

    Courses taken out of sequence without permission from the advisor may not be approved for use toward the minor.

√  All courses MUST be completed by the end of the Spring Semester of the Senior year in order to graduate on time with the minor.



EXED 200 - Foundations of Exceptional Education - 3
(Pre-requisite for all EXED courses. It is offered online in the Summer)


EXED 440 - Classroom Management & Professional Collaboration - 3


Complete only 2 of the following Survey Courses


EXED 310 - Survey of Emotional Disturbance - 3


EXED 320 - Survey of Learning Disabilities - 3


EXED 330 - Survey of Intellectual Disabilities - 3


EXED 375 - Overview Study of Autism Spectrum Disorders - 3
(Permitted only if NOT enrolling in the Autism series (EXED 416, 417, 418)

Survey Courses may not be taken in the place of Electives.



(A minimum of 6 credit hours must be completed). Only the courses
below may count toward elective credit.
Additional characteristics courses (from previous list) may not be
used for elective credit.
EXED 300 - Educational Technology Students with Disabilities - 1 Spring
EXED 441 - Functional Applications of Low Tech Assistive Technology - 2 Varies
EXED 306 - Lifespan Issues for Individuals with Disabilities - 3 Varies
EXED 401 - Issues in Exceptional Education - 1-3 Varies
TESL 426 - Concepts in First and Second Language Acquisition - 3 Spring
EXED 465 - Perspectives of Early Childhood Special Education - 3 Varies

Autism Certificate Courses (must complete all three in sequential order. It is NOT necessary to complete other electives.)  [Permitted if not enrolling in EXED 375]

  EXED 416 - Overview & Assessment of Autism Disorders - 3

  EXED 417 - Communication, Language & Sensory Issues of Autism (pre-req EXED 416) - 3

  EXED 418 - PBS, FBA & BIP (pre-req EXED 416 & 417) - 3

(must complete all three in sequential order. It is NOT necessary to complete other electives.)  [Permitted if not enrolling in EXED 375]

416-417 Fall
418 Spring

EXED 490 - Special Study in Spec Educ (Independent Study) - 1-3

(Independent studies must be approved and supervised by individual faculty.)



CSD 420 - Introduction to Sign Language - 3 Contact Department
CSD 421 - Sign Language II (Pre-requisite is CSD 420) - 3 Contact Department

KIN 313 - Adapted Physical Education (KIN Majors only; Must
take KIN 310 as a co-requisite) - 3

Contact Department
Contact Information

Dr. Laura Desportes


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Click on "Enroll in Course" and then "Go to the Course".  You must watch the Video (approx. 5-6 minutes) which explains the Minor and the courses.

When you are finished with the Video click on "Modules" (upper left corner of page).  

    • Download the Program Plan and the Student Information Sheet, complete and email to

NOTE:  we realize that the Plan is subject to change but it gives us a general idea of your career track

  • Once your paperwork has been received by the EFEX Department it will be reviewed.  If all is in order then a Declaration will be completed for you and submitted to the Registrar's Office and you will receive a confirmation email from us.
  • This process could take a week or more, depending on how busy the Registrar is. 
  • Make sure to check MyMadison after 5-7 days to see if Declaration has been processed.  Once this has been done you can begin enrolling in the minor courses.
There will not be a required meeting with the advisor but the advisor is always available for questions and/or concerns and to provide support as needed.