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Teaching License in Special Education

A teacher holding the Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) license is authorized to provide evaluation and specially designed instruction to eligible children and youth with disabilities from kindergarten through age 21 who have a range of mild to moderate needs in the areas of academic, behavior, social/emotional, communication, and functional performance. These students may be eligible for special education services in the primary disability areas of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental cognitive disability (DCD), emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD), other health disorders (OHD), and specific learning disabilities (SLD).


Minor in Special Education

Students from other majors may choose to complete the special education minor. The coursework provides the foundations, theories, characteristics, and legal issues related to special education, and may be applied to special education licensure. Candidates must have completed 60 credit hours and hold 2.7 grade point average. The special education minor alone does not meet all the requirements for K-12 Special Education licensure. In order to obtain a special education teaching certificate, you must complete the full licensure program and a final student teaching experience.

Minor Required Courses

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
SPED 4204Assessment for Youth and Children with Disabilities4
SPED 4381Behavior Management Principles and Practices4
SPED 4433Foundations in Special Education4
SPED 4435Parent and Professional Communication/Collaboration4
SPED 4452Academic Interventions: Reading, Writing, and Math4
Total Credits20


For those that already hold an ABS teaching license, UMD offers the following endorsements:

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Course NumberCourse Title Credits
SPED 4250/5250Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders4
SPED 4270/5270Methods for Teaching Children and Youth with ASD4
SPED 4260/5260Language and Social Skills for Children and Youth with ASD4
SPED 4280/5280Assessment for Students with ASD2
Total Credits14

Developmental Disabilities

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
SPED 5361  Characteristics of Developmental Disabilities4
SPED 5362   Methods and Strategies for Serving Students with Developmental Disabilities 4
SPED 5363     Student Teaching in Developmental Disabilities 3
Total Credits 11