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. During the program, you'll receive your initial ABS license which qualifies you to work with students with mild to moderate disabilities in the following areas:
Note: The ABS program has extended its fall 2020 deadline to July 15. Applicants will be notified of decisions by August 1.Watch a recent info session on the program.
Rated #9 in the nation among special education graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2020
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 MEd program require the completion of 30 to 51.5 credits. Your total number of credits required may vary based on previous educational experience or licensures.
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!
How to apply