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.
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
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.