Special Education Academic Behavior Strategist

  • Academic Behavior Strategist Special Education Licensure Options

    The Academic Behavior Strategist (ABS) Special Education Licensure Option at MSUM prepares candidates to work as special education teachers in K-12 settings. The ABS license in Minnesota is a cross-categorical special education license covering four disability areas at the mild to moderate level: specific learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, high-functioning autism, and developmental/cognitive disabilities. In combination with a regular education major, ABS coursework prepares teacher candidates to serve K-12 students with any of the four disabilities in a variety of settings.

    Teacher candidates who want to pursue the ABS licensure option must declare a Secondary/K-12 Teacher Education major (e.g., Communication Arts and Literature, Art Education) or Elementary Inclusive Education. Depending on student’s choice of major (Secondary/K-12 or Elementary) students will complete additional course requirements to meet qualifications to apply for an ABS license. Below is a sample of required courses for the Secondary/K-12 option and the Elementary Inclusive Education option:

    ABS Required Coursework for Secondary/K-12 Majors ABS Required Coursework for Elementary Inclusive Education
    SPED 225: Individuals with Exceptionalities SPED 225: Individuals with Exceptionalities
    SPED 402: Characteristics: Mild Disabilities SPED 402: Characteristics: Mild Disabilities
    SPED 403: Methods: Mild Disabilities SPED 403: Methods: Mild Disabilities
    SPED 404: Best Practices in Teaching 1 SPED 410: Methods and Strategies of Special Education Assessment
    SPED 410: Methods and Strategies of Special Education Assessment SPED 410L: Special Education Lab
    SPED 410L: Special Education Lab SPED 414: IEP Policies and Methods
    SPED 414: IEP Policies and Methods SPED 470: Secondary Services and Transition Planning
    SPED 430: Foundations of Reading and Writing SPED 471: Behavior and Environment Management
    SPED 445: Methods of Reading Intervention SPED 480: Legal and Social Foundations of Special Education
    SPED 470: Secondary Services and Transition Planning SPED 468M: Competency Based Field Experience (Student Teaching)
    SPED 471: Behavior and Environment Management  
    SPED 480: Legal and Social Foundations of Special Education  
    SPED 468M: Competency Based Field Experience (Student Teaching)  
    ED 498: The Professional Teacher in the Classroom  
    MATH 303: Foundations of Number Systems  
    MATH 402: Mathematics for Special Education  

    *Note: The classes listed in the table are not the official requirements and are subject to change.

    Academic Behavior Strategist Special Education Licensure Option Requirements

    Currently, the state of Minnesota requires individuals who hold the ABS license as an initial special education license to add-on a specific license in one of four disability categories (specific learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, autism, or developmental/cognitive disabilities) within five years of initial licensure. This requirement provides the opportunity for teachers to extend their knowledge and expertise in each specific disability area across the span of mild to severe. Opportunities to complete this requirement are available at MSUM through our online graduate programs.

    Teacher candidates who are interested in pursuing the ABS licensure option should speak with their academic advisor. Teacher candidates should also speak with the ABS undergraduate coordinator to determine an appropriate course sequence to meet the ABS requirements.

    Enrollment in a MSUM teacher licensure program means candidates meet specific requirements to enable licensure application at graduation.

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