Earn Your Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Licensure
The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) licensure preparation program is for educators who are already licensed as a special educator and are looking to add the ASD license. Licensure preparation requires coursework and a required practicum experience. The practicum and all courses meet Minnesota ASD standards. Completion of the M.A. in Special Education may be available.
To ensure practicums meet state licensing requirements, all experiences must be coordinated by the Field Placement Office. To achieve the B-21 licensure each student serves one field experience at all three educational levels—elementary, middle, and high school. We commonly meet learner requests to serve one placement within a work location (with an appropriate host teacher and with program and school administration cooperation), although this is not always an option. The Office of Field Placement staff will discuss options with you.
Since our students are already licensed special educators, the practicum is designed to both provide experience teaching in an ASD special education classroom and allow for a learning opportunity to expand one’s own knowledge of best practices. The practicum is not observational, but rather the student is expected to take on an active role in the classroom.
ASD courses are offered in either a fully online or blended format. The practicum will be completed on-site at locations meeting the requirements outlined by the Field Placement Office.