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Special Education Post Bac, Minor and Endorsements

Program Overview


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 No.

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

 

Specializations/add-ons/endorsements

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

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Course No.

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