Online Master of Arts in Special Education (Autism Spectrum Disorders)
Learning about the unique aspects of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can encourage educators to use effective and compassionate techniques for supporting individuals with autism. Arizona State University’s Master of Arts in special education with a concentration in autism spectrum disorders offers a useful theoretical and applied curriculum to students. You’ll gain the ability to conduct supportive interventions and facilitate effective learning strategies.
Next start date: 08/18/2022
Total classes: 10
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 30
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Earn your concentration in autism spectrum disorders
The master’s in autism, offered through the special education department, allows you to pursue an ASD concentration. Through this degree, you can study techniques for supporting autistic children and adults in a variety of contexts, including:
- Community and home settings.
- Educational environments.
The curriculum emphasizes a fact-based approach to understanding various and distinct ASD characteristics. You’ll have the opportunity to dispel common misconceptions and determine the credibility of sources. Students in the program also learn strategies for sharing reputable information with family members of autistic individuals to ensure parents and caregivers are properly informed about ASD and how to support their loved ones.
By studying practical examples and sharing knowledge with your classmates, you can develop techniques for collaborating with other professionals as you design and implement support strategies.
Work with autistic children and adults
Educators perform a crucial and essential service, and specialists from different backgrounds help ensure that all people can reach their full potential. In addition to being useful for teachers, graduate programs in ASD can benefit family members and a variety of professionals including:
Does my master's in autism spectrum disorders concentration say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Master of Arts in special education. Your concentration in autism spectrum disorders will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.
Autism spectrum disorders courses
The program employs a combination of real-time courses and small group meetings. You’ll develop a theoretical foundation in ASD and practice strategies for applying the discipline. Students also explore how the CEC standards function in practical scenarios. Classes in the ASD master’s program include:
Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Measurement, Data Display, Interpretation and Experimental Design
Consultation Frameworks and Issues
Applied Behavior Analysis in Inclusive Settings
Applied Project OR Capstone
What can I do with a master’s degree concentration in autism spectrum disorders?
The master’s in autism program is a useful specialization in the field of education. The concentration can also provide you with the understanding and experience needed to support individuals with autism in a variety of contexts. Additional education or professional licensure may be required for some professions.
Potential paths you might consider include:
Autism degree concentration admission requirements
Applicants to the Master of Arts in special education program who wish to pursue a concentration in autism spectrum disorders must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.
Learn from leading faculty at a highly respected university
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is the only U.S. college of education to rank in the top 15 in both on-campus and online graduate education degrees.
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