Academic Behavioral Strategist License (ABS)

Bethel’s ABS license program prepares educators to serve K-12 students in a variety of mild-moderate disability categories.

Earning Your ABS License

The Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) license is brand new in the state of Minnesota. It’s designed to prepare you to work with 5 disability categories in the field of special education, making you more marketable to schools and districts.

Become licensed to serve students with mild-moderate disabilities in the areas of:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Learning Disabilities (LD)
  • Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD)
  • Developmental Cognitive Disabilities (DCD)
  • Other Health Disabilities (OHD)

Our professors have designed the program to provide you with the instruction needed to earn your K-12, ABS license through the state of Minnesota. With your ABS license, you’ll be equipped to work in resource rooms and inclusive K-12 settings within public schools.

After earning your ABS license, you have the option to add on an additional license in ASD and/or EBD in order to have the skills to work with K-12 students in the moderate-severe range.

Program Delivery

Bethel students have their choice of delivery options:

  • Traditional format - Meets for class 1 night a week
  • Hybrid format – Blends face-to-face sessions with online instruction

We have programs offered on Bethel’s main campus and at our location in Bloomington, MN.

Student Teaching and Field Experience

For all candidates new to special education, the first license requires 12 weeks of student teaching. For all add-on licenses, 7 weeks are required.

All licensure candidates complete 100 hours of classroom experience in assessment, reading, and an inclusive setting before their student teaching assignment. This hands-on learning gives you experience in the special education field before you’re immersed in student teaching.