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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 Number Course Title Credits
SPED 4204 Assessment for Youth and Children with Disabilities 4
SPED 4381 Behavior Management Principles and Practices 4
SPED 4433 Foundations in Special Education 4
SPED 4435 Parent and Professional Communication/Collaboration 4
SPED 4452 Academic Interventions: Reading, Writing, and Math 4
Total Credits 20


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

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Course Number Course Title  Credits
SPED 4250/5250 Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders 4
SPED 4270/5270 Methods for Teaching Children and Youth with ASD 4
SPED 4260/5260 Language and Social Skills for Children and Youth with ASD 4
SPED 4280/5280 Assessment for Students with ASD 2
Total Credits 14

Developmental Disabilities

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