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

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

Next start date: 05/18/2020


Total classes: 10

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 30

Details

The steady rise in the number of those impacted by autism has increased public demand for professionals who are aware of the issues and needs facing these special individuals, their families and service providers. As a graduate of this autism degree, you will be well prepared to provide services and care for individuals affected by autism spectrum disorders, whether you are an educator, interventionist, psychologist, speech pathologist, behavior analyst or family member.

Work with children and adults affected by autism

 

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 will work with adults and children who have autism 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.

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


Related careers

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 individuals with autism spectrum disorders 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.

One of the best teacher’s colleges 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. Our college is ranked in the top 20 in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Online Programs rankings. These peer-reviewed programmatic honors include:

#1


Curriculum and Instruction.

#1


Instructional Media.

#2


Educational Administration.

#3


Special Education.

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