If you want to become a well-trained, highly qualified special education teacher, we invite you to consider LDA Minnesota.

We require the following criteria for entrance into teacher candidate programs at LDA Minnesota:

  • Firstly, a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited higher education institution (does not need to be in the education field but does need to be from an accredited institution). More information about approved degree granting institutions can be found under Degree Requirements.
    •  An official transcript from undergraduate institution sent to LDA Minnesota. If your institution sends them via email, send it to info@ldaminnesota.org. Or our mailing address is: 6100 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55422
  • A completed application to LDA Minnesota’s program. Applications include a 1-2 page personal statement expressing why you are interested in special education. If your GPA is below 2.0, please address that in your personal statement.
  • Then, a resume and two letters of recommendation submitted with application.
  • Finally, an interview with LDA Minnesota Program Manager and/or small panel. We will contact you to schedule after receiving your Application Form.

Do you have questions about our application?  Please call us at 952-582-6000 or email info@ldaminnesota.org.  We are happy to help!

2024 Enrollment:

When LDA Minnesota’s staff receive applications, they will review them. We encourage early applications, as well as providing early acceptance of candidates to the program on a rolling basis after you meet application requirements.

  • Each cohort starts in January, however if you’d like to start early, there are classes you can take in the summer and fall.
  • December 1, 2024 is the deadline for early admission to LDA Minnesota’s licensure programs with no application fee.
  • Intent to enroll deadline: December 31, 2024
  • Classes start: January 2025

At the time of enrollments, LDA Minnesota requires a $200 deposit fee. Then, we apply the deposit fee within the first tuition invoice. There are no refunds for the deposit, unless the candidate defers enrollment.

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