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 will prepare you to meet the needs of young people -- kindergarten through age 21 -- with mild to moderate disabilities. During the program, you'll receive your initial ABS license. Then, you'll choose a specialty in moderate to severe autism, developmental disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, or learning disabilities to add to your license.
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Graduates of the academic behavioral strategist (ABS) licensure program:
Most classes are offered in the evening—to allow students to maintain full time employment while completing course requirements—and are taught in person on the Minneapolis campus.
The ABS licensure and special education M.Ed. program require the completion of 30 to 42.5 credits. Your total number of credits required may vary based on previous educational experience or licensures. Additional credits will be required for the anchor license (see "License Requirements").
Note: These plans are examples only. You'll work with your advisor to develop a couse schedule specific to your needs.
Students seeking the ABS license only do not need to take this course.
According to MN State licensing requirements, you will need to add an advanced license within 5 years of receiving the ABS. Thus, once enrolled in our program, you are strongly encouraged to choose an area of moderate-severe disabilities to add to your ABS (listed below). Depending on the license you choose, an advisor will work with you to select specific certain Electives referenced in the University Catalog link above.
Note: The ASD licensure requires more credits than the others listed below because it leads to a full birth - grade 12 ASD licensure.
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