Area Special Education Cooperative

Our Mission

The purpose of ASEC is to assist the local school districts in meeting and serving the student with special needs.

Cooperative Profile

ASEC is a cooperative of 11 school districts in northwestern Minnesota.  The Cooperative was formed in 1969 by agreement of local schools to provide a full range of specialized services to children on a district level.

This cooperative is administered by a Board of Directors composed of the superintendents of the 11 school districts and the director and assistant directors of special education.

The primary goal of the cooperative is to provide support services to teachers, administrators, parents and students with disabilities.  A wide variety of support services are available to districts such as technical assistance, assessment for special education services, consultation, counseling, crisis intervention, low incidence services, early childhood special education programming and personnel development opportunities.


The ASEC has a staff of specialists consisting of school psychologists, teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, interpreters, vision consultants, and early childhood special education teachers.  Other areas of specialty such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, orientation and mobility, audiology, physical and other health impaired, autism, behavioral and assistive technology consultants are provided for conditions which affect a student's learning.

Open Positions at Area Special Education Cooperative

Behavior Support Specialist II

POSITION SUMMARY: The Behavior Support Specialist II aids staff in meeting the needs of students with significant behavioral challenges. This role emphasizes the application of evidence-based strategies for effective behavior intervention tailored to individual student needs. The Behavior Support Specialist II will collaborate closely with the Behavior Support Specialist.Full-Time – Behavior Support Specialist II is available Fall 2024, position open until filled.

School Psychologist

Full-Time School Psychologist Position is available Immediately. Competitive salary is based on degree and experience. Anticipated Start Date: Immediately, position open until filled

Sign Language Interpreter

Sign Language Interpreter ASL, Area Special Education Cooperative (ASEC) Part-Time or Full-Time at ASEC Member Districts with summer opportunitiesCompetitive salary based on degree and experience, health & life insurance, sick & personal leave, PERA, Paid RID & MRID Dues and EIPA testing, and weekly mentoring available.

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Full-Time Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Occupational Therapists

Two (2) 1.0 FTE Occupational Therapist positions available beginning 2024/25 School Year.

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