Special education B.S. & ABS licensure

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Special education B.S. & ABS licensure

Earn your degree and teaching license in four years

Become an expert at meeting students’ needs by providing individualized instruction to students with disabilities in grade K through age 21. The program leads to an Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) teaching license, which qualifies you to teach students with mild-moderate disabilities in the following areas:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Emotional/behavioral disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Other health disabilities

"No two days, two years, two students are going to look the same. It’s going to be a different experience and each day will be an adventure."

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Kendra Richter


  • View a sample plan of classes or a complete list of program requirements.
  • Coursework includes educational and child psychology and academic and behavior interventions using research-based practices
  • Gain experience working with students with a variety disabilities through elementary and secondary practicum placements
  • After you begin teaching, you will take additional credits to earn your specialty license to work with students in the moderate-severe range, including:
    • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
    • Developmental disabilities (DD)
    • Emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD)
    • Learning disabilities (LD)
  • You can apply your specialty license credits toward a master of education (M.Ed.) degree.


  • Elementary, middle, high schools
  • 18-21 transition programs
  • Social service agencies

Faculty & staff

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Amy KunkelSpecial education B.S. & ABS program academic advisor

  • Response to intervention
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Meta-analysis of educational research
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Becca PierceABS licensure & M.Ed. coordinator

  • Using the Internet as a venue of professional development for in-service teachers
  • Using curriculum-based measures to inform educational programming
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Rose VukovicDirector of undergraduate studies
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  • Learning disorders
  • At-risk learners
  • Underserved populations
  • Early identification, intervention, and prevention
  • Social justice


Amy Kunkel

Special Education B.S. & ABS Program Academic Advisor


Rose Vukovic

Director of Undergraduate Studies