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Academic Behavioral Strategist License

Obtaining your ABS License is about more than great teaching. It’s about impacting the future of our youth.

With Bethel’s Academic Behavioral Strategist License, you’ll gain the specialized knowledge and training to become an excellent educator and adept classroom manager in the special education field. In our program, you’ll learn evidence-based teaching strategies and a range of research-based interventions so you can skillfully serve students with mild to moderate disabilities. You’ll be prepared to lead in a variety of education settings and help students reach their goals.

Program Option(s)

Academic Behavioral Strategist License

Our Academic Behavioral Strategist License prepares you to serve K-12 students in a variety of mild to moderate disability categories, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Other Health Disabilities, and Developmental Concentration Disabilities. You’ll be equipped to work in resource rooms and inclusive K-12 settings within public schools.

Deliveries Blended, and Online
Locations Online, and St. Paul
Credits 36
Tuition per Credit $535
Estimated Total Tuition $19,260*

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* These program details and costs are estimated and subject to change. View our program details disclaimer for more information.

Education Doctorate

Program Highlights

Experienced professors

Bethel’s special education professors are leading researchers and practitioners in the field with experience in multiple specialties, bringing personal experience to your learning to make coursework relevant to the real-world classroom.

Practical experience

You’ll have opportunities to practice what you’re learning through clinical experiences so when you’ve completed the program you can make a real difference in the K-12 educational setting.

Student success

We’re committed to helping you succeed from admission to graduation. Rather than focusing on the results of one entrance exam for admission, we look for well-rounded people with work experience who can bring diverse perspectives into the classroom. And once you’re here, you’ll be supported by advisors and professors who are caring and ensure that you have everything you need.


In our program, you’ll gain the expertise to serve students with disabilities as you become a skilled educator in special education.


Learn how to:

  • Apply evidence-based teaching strategies
  • Incorporate assessments into your instructional planning for students
  • Research and implement behavior methods and interventions in the classroom
  • Support literacy development through various teaching strategies
  • Modify your teaching methods based on the needs of your students