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Special Education Initial and Additional Licensure

Online-hybrid special education licenses (ABS, ASD)

There’s never been a better time to earn your special education license and become an advocate for innovative teaching. Schools nationwide are eager to hire special education teachers to help their students thrive and receive the specialized instruction they need.

You'll find your sense of purpose as an educational professional in this high-demand field, whether you're entering a new career in teaching, just beginning your studies, or are a practicing teacher expanding your capabilities. As a licensed special education teacher, you will:

  • Gain the ability to work with diverse special needs students and advocate for them in any school setting
  • Add a high-demand skill set to your resume and fill much-needed special education job positions
  • Receive your additional license with a focus in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or academic behavioral strategist (ABS) programs

Special education: Academic Behavioral Strategist license

Earn a license and learn to skilfully manage today’s diverse classrooms, including those with students diagnosed with mild to moderate learning or other disabilities. Students who already hold a teaching license can complete the program in two semesters.

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Do you already hold a valid Minnesota special education teaching license and want to specialize in either ABS or ASD? We have a pathway for you.

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Special education: Autism Spectrum Disorder license

Learn how to teach, communicate with, and advocate for students with autism spectrum disorder, and earn a license that’ll make you a sought-after teacher in districts statewide.

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Do you already hold a valid Minnesota special education teaching license and want to specialize in either ABS or ASD? We have a pathway for you.

Explore categorial license courses »

Flexibility and community with our hybrid format

Hamline’s hybrid programs are designed to accommodate working adults, including:

  • Practicing teachers wanting to specialize with an additional license
  • Paraprofessionals ready to move into a teaching position
  • Initial licensure students seeking a high-value license

We offer foundational education courses for the initial license online or in person. Courses specific to the special education license are available online, and you can customize your in-person clinical experiences to meet your needs.