Special education ABS MEd and licensure
Become licensed to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities
Each student with a disability has a unique set of academic, behavioral, social, emotional, communication, and functional needs. The academic behavioral strategist (ABS) licensure program prepares you to meet the needs of young people—kindergarten through age 21. The program prepares you to be recommended for an ABS license, which qualifies you to work with students in K-12 school systems with a broad array of mild to moderate disabilities in the following areas:
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Developmental disabilities
- Emotional and behavioral disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Other health disparities
Graduates of the academic behavioral strategist (ABS) licensure program:
- Teach in K-12 classrooms, resource rooms, or 18-21 transition programs
- Collaborate/consult with general classroom teachers
- Work with students and their families directly as itinerant teachers
- Serve students from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds
Most classes are offered in the evening—to allow students to maintain full time employment while completing course requirements—and are predominantly taught in person on the Minneapolis campus.
The ABS licensure and special education MEd program requires the completion of 30 to 49.5 credits. Your total number of credits required may vary based on previous educational experience or licensures.