Special Education

The new Academic Behavior Strategist (ABS) special education licensure program currently is moving through Minnesota Board of Teaching and Augsburg College approval processes. Our intent is to offer this licensure program beginning Fall 2013. This license will primarily focus on the learning needs of students with mild to moderate emotional or behavioral disorders (EBD), specific learning disabilities (SLD), developmental/cognitive disabilities (DCD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and other health disabilities (OHD).

If you are interested in starting this program before fall, 2013, you can start immediately by taking core courses (see below) currently offered in upcoming trimesters and during the summer.   This program is primarily offered during the weekend/evening schedule.  Students can start the program in the day school to complete core and elementary requirements.  Most courses in the special education core (later in the program) are only offered in the weekend/evening format.

Augsburg students (teacher candidate) progress through the program at several transition points.  Teacher candidates must successfully complete the requirement at each transition point.  Your adviser and the program assessment coordinator monitor your progress at critical points.  These transition points include:

Admission to the Education Department – Special Education Licensure Undergraduate Program – Initial License

Requirements to be admitted to the Education Department include:

  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in all college coursework.
  • Taking the MTLE test of basic skills in reading, writing and math.
  • One recommendation from an Augsburg faculty and another recommendation from a person who knows you and/or your work (excluding family members).
  • A signed candidate statement form.
  • Completing an entrance survey

Mid-Program TransitionTo stay in the program you must be able to

  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in their major and education coursework.
  • Achieve no lower than a 2.0 in all major, and required licensure courses.
  • Demonstrate ability to work successfully with K-12 students in field placement settings throughout their programs. Demonstrate professional behavior in on-campus courses

Admission to Student Teaching:  In order to apply to student teach you will need to:

  • Maintain all required GPA standards: 2.5 minimum overall and in major.
  • Pass or demonstrate significant progress in completion of MTLE Basic Skills testing.
  • Achieve a minimum of 2.0 in all required courses for undergraduate candidates and 2.5 for graduate candidates in graduate level courses.
  • Complete all required coursework, including clinical hours, or petitioned for an exception.
  • Pass all MTLE Basic Skills Tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics
  • Remain in good standing within the department.

Finishing Student Teaching and Completion of Licensure Requirements:  You must be able to:

  • Successfully complete student teaching and all student teaching requirements
  • Complete the Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA)
  • Pass the MTLE Pedagogy and Content Test(s) for your licensure area
  • Complete a Criminal Background Check
  • Complete an Exit Survey for the program