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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Undergraduate Programs

Page address:

Armstrong Hall

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. 

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.


Please contact:

Kiersten Hensley, PhD
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Department of Special Education
Minnesota State University, Mankato
318P Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: 507-389-5665
Fax:      507-389-5888


If you have questions regarding graduate special education programs, please contact:

Aaron Deris, PhD