Application procedures

Applications are accepted to DES and SPE programs via an online survey during the first 3 weeks of the Fall and Spring semesters. An admissions committee will meet to review applications and determine who will be accepted to the program.

Students should apply to the SPE program using the following link:

SPE Admission Application (to be open Week 1 through 4:00pm Friday, Week 3)

Students must upload the following items into the online survey:

  1. Documentation of 25-Hour Special Education Experience
  2. Statement of Intent

Do NOT submit your survey application without attaching these documents.  Applications received without these documents are considered incomplete and will not be considered.


  1. Applications will not be accepted after 4:00 PM on the Friday of the third week of the Fall or Spring semester. 
  2. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
  3. A confirmation email will be sent to applicants when they successfully complete their application survey.  
  4. Admission decisions will be sent to the applicants via e-mail by Friday of the eighth week of the semester. 
  5. Any applicant who changes from the SPE minor must reapply for admission.  Readmission will be based on current admission criteria. 

Appeal & Reapplication Policy

Candidates who meet the stated criteria may apply for admission to the Special Education Program.  Candidates who are not admitted may appeal the admission decision by submitting a letter of appeal to the DES Department Chair within 30 days of the appeal notification.  The candidate may be asked to meet with the Special Education Admission Committee as part of the appeal process.  Candidates will be notified of the appeal decision in a timely manner.  The appeal decision is final.

Questions about SPE admission requirements?

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  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
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