The curriculum for the Academic Behavioral Strategist K–12 License is 52 credits. Courses for the full license are designated as Standards of Effective Practice (SEP) courses, Special Education License Core (SPED) courses, and ABS License (ABS) courses. Students who already hold a full professional teaching license take only the SPED courses and ABS courses. Students with a qualifying special education license take only the ABS courses.  All other students take the SEP courses, the SPED Core courses, and the ABS courses.

Standards of Effective Practice Courses: 16 credits
EDUC594General Methods of Effective Instruction3
EDUC595School-wide Systems Field Experience1
EDUC621Foundations in Education3
EDUC624Introduction to Theories and Practices of Teaching and Learning3
EDUC663Understanding Diversity and Student Needs2
EDUC668Classroom Technology1
EDUC751Special Education Student Teaching Seminar3
Special Education License Core courses: 16 credits
SPED605Introduction to Special Education1
SPED608Introduction to Academic Instruction and Behavior Management for the Exceptional Learner2
SPED610Norm-Referenced Assessment3
SPED620Reading Foundations3
SPED621Reading Field Experience1
SPED625Special Education: Planning and Programming3
SPED670Special Education Assessment Field Experience1
SPED675Consultation, Collaboration & Resources2
ABS License courses: 20 credits
SPED600Characteristics of Mild-Moderate Disabilities3
SPED618Foundations of Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities3
SPED631Responsive Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment3
SPED641Introduction to Behavioral Methods & Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs3
SPED655Classroom-Based Assessment3
SPED673ABS Field Experience1
SPED780Student Teaching - Academic Behavior Strategist4
Total Credits52

Sample Course Sequence: Full ABS License

This example includes the courses for a hypothetical student that starts in the Summer Session.

First Year
  SummerCredits
  EDUC621 Foundations in Education3
  EDUC668 Classroom Technology1
  EDUC624 Introduction to Theories and Practices of Teaching and Learning3
   7
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SPED621 Reading Field Experience1SPED608 Introduction to Academic Instruction and Behavior Management for the Exceptional Learner2SPED625 Special Education: Planning and Programming3
SPED620 Reading Foundations3SPED605 Introduction to Special Education1SPED675 Consultation, Collaboration Resources2
EDUC595 School-wide Systems Field Experience1SPED670 Special Education Assessment Field Experience1 
EDUC594 General Methods of Effective Instruction3SPED610 Norm-Referenced Assessment3 
EDUC663 Understanding Diversity and Student Needs2SPED655 Classroom-Based Assessment3 
 10 10 5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
SPED618 Foundations of Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities3SPED631 Responsive Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment3 
SPED673 ABS Field Experience1EDUC751 Special Education Student Teaching Seminar3 
SPED600 Characteristics of Mild-Moderate Disabilities3SPED780 Student Teaching - Academic Behavior Strategist4 
SPED641 Introduction to Behavioral Methods Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs3  
 10 10 
Total Credits: 52

Sample Course Sequence: ABS License for Licensed General Education Teachers

This example includes the courses for a hypothetical student that starts in the Fall Semester.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SPED621 Reading Field Experience1SPED608 Introduction to Academic Instruction and Behavior Management for the Exceptional Learner2SPED625 Special Education: Planning and Programming3
SPED620 Reading Foundations3SPED605 Introduction to Special Education1SPED675 Consultation, Collaboration Resources2
 SPED670 Special Education Assessment Field Experience1 
 SPED610 Norm-Referenced Assessment3 
 SPED655 Classroom-Based Assessment3 
 4 10 5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
SPED618 Foundations of Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities3SPED631 Responsive Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment3 
SPED673 ABS Field Experience1SPED780 Student Teaching - Academic Behavior Strategist4 
SPED600 Characteristics of Mild-Moderate Disabilities3  
SPED641 Introduction to Behavioral Methods Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs3  
 10 7 
Total Credits: 36

Sample Course Sequence: ABS License for Qualifying Licensed Special Education Teachers

This example includes the courses for a hypothetical student that starts in the Fall Semester.

First Year
 SpringCredits
 SPED655 Classroom-Based Assessment3
  3
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SPED618 Foundations of Instructional Strategies for Students with Mild-Moderate Disabilities3SPED631 Responsive Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment3
SPED673 ABS Field Experience1SPED780 Student Teaching - Academic Behavior Strategist4
SPED600 Characteristics of Mild-Moderate Disabilities3 
SPED641 Introduction to Behavioral Methods Mental Health for Mild to Moderate Special Needs3 
 10 7
Total Credits: 20