About this program
Expand your credentials to serve the needs of students with exceptionalities for success in school and life. Gain an additional Minnesota teaching license for grades K-12 Special Education-Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) and your Masters degree. Our flexible program also allows you to complete only the additional K12 Special Education-ABS licensure program if you are not interested in the Masters, or only the Masters degree without licensure if you just want more understanding and skill in working with students who have mild-moderate special needs.
Our approach to teacher education focuses on preparing diverse, reflective and resilient teachers who are outstanding in their commitment to teaching urban youth and creating equitable educational opportunities. While this program is primarily designed to meet the needs of urban elementary, middle and high schools for licensed Special Education teachers who can improve students' educational achievement, others who work with youth who have special needs outside of the K-12 school setting will find this concentration worthwhile in our Urban Education Masters degree.
This program is accredited by the Minnesota Professional Education and Licensing Standards Board (PELSB) to meet the Standards of Effective Practice for Beginning Teachers as part of the requirements for being licensed to teach in a specific subject area.
Students completing this program will meet the following standards for K12 Special Education-Academic Behavioral Strategist licensure:
- understands the foundations of special education services for students who have mild to moderate needs in the areas of academics, behavior, social, emotional, communication, and functional performance on which to base practice.
- understands and applies principles of prevention and intervening early and procedures for referral, assessment, evaluation, individualized planning, programming, and placement specific to teaching students who have mild to moderate needs in the areas of academics, behavior, social, emotional, communication, and functional performance.
- understands how to use individualized education program plans to design, implement, monitor, and adjust instruction for students who have mild to moderate needs in the areas of academics, behavior, social, emotional, communication, and functional performance.
- cultivates and maintains positive, collaborative relationships with children and youth with disabilities who have a range of mild to moderate needs in the areas of academics, behavior, social, emotional, communication, and functional performance, families, educators, other professionals, and the community to support development and educational progress.