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About the Program

Students majoring in the Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) prepares students to earn the credentials to become a successful educator in a rewarding career. Students begin moving through education courses immediately in their first semester with ED 101: Introduction to Education. The road to the ABS licensure continues through a set of required courses and opportunities for field experiences. These field experiences will put your learning into action.

There is a minimum GPA requirement of 2.8 from all colleges and universities attended, plus other requirements. The application process for each year begins the previous spring. Persons with previous degrees and/or current licensure who are interested in adding a licensure field or endorsement area may request a transcript review at any time.

Cost & Financial Aid

  • Online tuition rates are affordable and banded for full time student enrollments.
  • SMSU offers in-state tuition to nearly everyone. No out-state rates. Reciprocity rates may apply.
  • U.S. Citizens & eligible noncitizens can apply for federal aid with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Minnesota residents completing the FAFSA will also be considered for Minnesota State Grant and Federal Direct loan funds as well.
  • SMSU offers a variety of Scholarships that students can apply for!

Admission Requirements

Minnesota Licensure Only ~ must be able to complete field experiences, practicums and student teaching within the state of Minnesota.

Students wishing to be considered for admission to Southwest Minnesota State University must present the following information:

Note: Final high school transcripts, complete with date of graduation, must be submitted to the Office of Admission prior to enrollment.

Transfer students wishing to be considered for admission to Southwest Minnesota State University must present the following information:

  • Completed Application for Admission and non-refundable application fee of $20.
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended outside the MinnState System, transcripts must be sent directly from each institution to the Southwest Minnesota State University Office of Admission.

4-Year Mustang Academic Plans (MAP)

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The purpose of the Mustang Academic Plan (MAP) is to provide navigational direction or a MAP for each academic degree. The MAPs will be used to support current students during academic advising as they create their individual academic plans. The Mustang Advising Plans (MAPs) will also be used to assist potential students and transfer students as they seek program details to make decisions about becoming a future Mustang.

Careers In Special Education

Students majoring in the Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) prepares students to earn the credentials to become a successful educator in a rewarding career.

Graduates of the Special Education Academic Behavioral Strategist Program will be able to teach K-12 special education for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Graduates gain employment in school districts, learning centers, or area service cooperatives. Opportunities for graduates with Academic Behavioral Strategist teaching license are open to many opportunities for employment across the state.


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