The Special Education: Academic and Behavioral Strategist Bachelor of Science undergraduate program is 5 semesters long and prepares teacher candidates for Minnesota's Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) license. This cross categorical license allows teachers to teach students with mild/moderate learning disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. This program prepares new teachers for the classrooms of today where special education teachers often have students with a variety of learning needs. The Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) requires new ABS teachers to complete one disability specific license within 5 years as part of renewal. Minnesota State University, Mankato has redesigned our Graduate Program to enable this to happen efficiently.
Students typically start the major program during their sophomore year or apply upon completing an Associate's degree from a community college. The program requires a full-time commitment from students for 5 semesters. The program is run as a cohort model; all students admitted during a given year go through the program together following the same sequence of courses.
Kiersten Hensley, PhD
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Department of Special Education
Minnesota State University, Mankato
318P Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN 56001
Aaron Deris, PhD