Online Master of Art in Special Education (Autism Spectrum Disorders)

With this master’s in autism, you'll be equipped with specialized skills and knowledge to work effectively and compassionately with autistic children and adults.
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Quick facts

Next start date: 05/17/2021


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

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Whether instances of autism are increasing or just appear to be increasing because the instances of autism diagnoses are increasing is a subject of debate that is addressed in the curriculum. In either case, there is a demand for professionals who are aware of the issues and needs facing autistic individuals, their families and service providers. As a graduate of this autism degree, you'll be well prepared to provide services and care for autistic individuals, whether you're an educator, interventionist, psychologist, speech pathologist, behavior analyst or family member.

Work with autistic children and adults

 

In this autism master’s program, you will complete a practicum customized to your individual interests around autism. Under the guidance of an instructor, you'll work with autistic children and adults and demonstrate these skills in your practicum at the end of your autism degree. Students will complete a minimum of 45 direct contact hours of approved activities under the supervision of an onsite supervisor and the guidance of an ASU instructor.

Students also complete an applied project or capstone course that demonstrates analysis and synthesis of material learned in the master’s program and evidence of competency in the Council for Exceptional Children autism standards. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) sets standards for professionals working with children with developmental disorders and those affected by autism. By completing this autism master’s program, you will earn the experience and skills needed to meet the CEC standards for professionals working with children with autism spectrum disorders.

NOTE: If you are interested in sitting for the national Board Certified Behavior Analyst examination (BCBA), please apply for the Master of Arts in Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis or the Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate, depending on your interest and need.

ASU offers programs that lead to professional licensure with the state of Arizona and may allow graduates to be eligible for licensure in other states. Please check the professional licensure list for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to determine if this program meets requirements in your state. Note that not all programs within the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College lead to professional licensure. Speak with an enrollment coach for more information.

Featured courses


Verbal Behavior


Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders:


Measurement, Data Display, Interpretation and Experimental Design


Family-Centered Practices


Consultation Frameworks and Issues


Applied Behavior Analysis in Inclusive Settings


Practicum


Applied project or capstone


What careers work with children and adults with autism?

This program provides graduates with a degree and experience but does not lead to certifications. Some roles may require additional credentials. Program graduates will be well-prepared to provide important services and care for autistic individuals in a variety of roles, including:

Educator

Family member

Interventionist

Paraprofessional

Psychologist

Speech-language pathologist

Therapist

Prestigious faculty

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Prestigious faculty

The faculty of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines – including cognitive science, psychology and economics – to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Application requirements

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One of the best colleges of education in the nation

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. ASU is ranked #17 in the world in the subject area of education, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. According to U.S. News & World Report, 2021, our college ranks in the top 15 best online graduate programs in the nation.

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