Academic Behavioral Strategist License

Academic Behavioral Strategist License


With an Academic Behavioral Strategist License, you’ll impact the future of students with mild to moderate disabilities.

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Finish in as few as

6-28 months*

Estimated tuition

*depends on existing licensures

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Discover what’s next. In Bethel’s Academic Behavioral Strategist License program, you’ll gain the specialized knowledge and training to become an excellent educator and adept case manager in the special education field. 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 with disabilities reach their goals.

Program Details

In our Academic Behavioral Strategist License program, you’ll be prepared 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 Cognitive Disabilities. You’ll be equipped to work in resource rooms and inclusive K-12 settings within public schools.

If you already hold a special education license in one disability category, you can complete this program as an add-on license. By adding the Academic Behavioral Strategist License, you'll be able to work with a wider range of students with disabilities. You will also broaden your opportunities within your district, or it could lead to new possibilities. And additional credits gained through an add-on license help educators move up on the salary scale. You can earn an add-on license in six to nine months. If you are working in an environment in the license category you're pursuing, you'll be able to complete most practicum requirements on the job.

If you're not already a licensed teacher, you will have to complete the Standards of Effective Practice concentration, which meets the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice, a requirement for every Tier 3 and Tier 4 K-12 licensed teacher in Minnesota.

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Program Highlights

Experienced professors

Our professors are leading researchers and practitioners with experience in multiple specialties. Their experiences help make the coursework relevant to the real-world classroom.

Practical experience

You’ll have opportunities to practice what you’re learning through multiple 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 and beyond. You’ll be supported by advisors and professors who are caring and ensure that you have everything you need.


Courses are designed for adult students who work full time, have families, and are involved in their community. Our schedules make it easier for you to complete your program during times that work best for you.

Career Outcomes


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
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