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:
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 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.
Help young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The ASD certificate program helps educational professionals gain additional content knowledge about working with individuals with ASD. While the program does not prepare you to be a licensed teacher in the field of ASD, it does provide a focused set of expertise and an additional credential that may be embedded into other teacher licensure or MEd degree programs with minimal additional coursework.
Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.
Are you interested in a teaching license in Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) or Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH), or cross collaboration between the two? Apply to Project PACT to get funding you need to support your tuition throughout your graduate program!
Project I-LEAD helps fund future special educators or school psychologists interested in supporting students with severe learning disabilities in schools. Get more information on Project I-LEAD.
TEACH Grants are part of a federal program to provide financial support to students who will teach in a high need area at a low-income school for at least four years. Application information is available from Onestop on their grants and waivers page.