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.

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Michelle Dougherty, M.A.

SGPP Admission - Assistant Director of Admission

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH112

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5122



Judith Nagel, Ed.D.

MA in Special Education Program - Program Director

Mother Teresa Hall-TC Campus, MTH106

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4565


Judith Nagel Ed.D.
Madeline Matthews

M.A. in Teaching - Minneapolis Program Coordinator

Mother Teresa Hall-TC Campus, MTH23

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 238-4562


Madeline Matthews
John Fry, Ph.D.

MA in Special Education - Adjunct Assistant Professor

(763) 550-3166


Maureen Parkes, Ed.D.

Education - Adjunct Instructor

(651) 415-5424


Debra Castner, Ed.D.

MA in Special Education - Adjunct Assistant Professor

(952) 491-8321


Patty Popp, Ed.D.

MA Education Program - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kathy Ryan, Ed.D.

M.A. Special Education Program - Adjunct Assistant Professor

(414) 722-9251


Dawn Kelly, M.A.

MA in Education - Adjunct Instructor

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