Special Education

State-Initiated, Federally Funded Special Education Programs

About Special Education

Finding creative, cost-effective approaches to help students with disabilities is the goal of these special education programs housed at Metro ECSU. Programs provide technical assistance and cutting-edge staff development.

Some of the activities supported by these programs include:

  • Network development and staff training
  • Technical assistance to educators and caregivers throughout the state
  • Training in early intervention strategies for children with disabilities
  • Development of promising practices materials
  • Conferences for educators
  • Statewide census of infants, toddlers, children and youth with Deafblindness
  • Strategic Instruction Model (formerly Kansas Learning Strategies)

Contact Information

Ingrid Aasan, Director of Special Education Programs, 612-638-1517,

Centers of Excellence

We offer a variety of regional workshops providing the opportunity to learn with educators from other schools and districts around the region. For more information go to the Centers of Excellence page.

MN Low Incidence Projects

Our Projects are designed to assist school districts across the state in fulfilling federal requirements in the areas of implementation of the IDEA. For more information go to the MN Low Incidence Projects page.

Region 11 IEIC Project

The Region 11 Interagency Early Intervention Committee (IEIC) is responsible for the implementation of Help Me Grow child find and public awareness in the 7-county metro area. For more information go to the Region 11 IEIC Project page.

Metro ECSU Online Registration

View all listings and events offered by Metro ECSU and register at our Event Calendar page..

Event Calendar & Registration

Greater Minnesota Launch PAD

AGM Launch PAD is a program that provides culturally affirmative psychological assessments to students (ages 0-21) who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind, who live in Greater Minnesota (outside the 7 county metro area) and attend a Minnesota public school.

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Judy Wolff Library

Lending Library Materials are available September through June for Minnesota residents only. Please contact the library to reserve items well in advance of time needed.

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