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MASTER OF ARTS and/or 
certification in special education

Course Descriptions:
Autism Spectrum Disorders

This program consists of required courses in the following areas:

  • Core Courses
  • Specialization Courses
  • Courses Specific to Autism
  • Courses for Degree Only

Individuals in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program Grades 5-Adult are also required to earn a  content endorsement in the academic content area(s) in which they are assigned to teach.

Core Courses

SPED 500
Educational/Legal Foundations: Special Education

Federal and state laws and regulations as well as major court cases impacting the field of special education and their implications for practice.

SPED 603
Classroom Behavior Management: for Special Needs

Evidence-based strategies for classroom and behavior management for individuals and groups.

SPED 609
Technology Applications for Special Needs

Instructional technology for learning activities to teach 21st century skills.

SPED 663
Collaborative-Consultative Inclusion Strategies

Skills and strategies for collaboration and/or consultation within an inclusive school environment.


Specialization Courses

SPED 665
Mathematics for Special Needs

Evidence-based mathematics interventions for students struggling to learn math skills.

SPED 666
Reading for Special Needs

Evidence-based reading interventions for students struggling to learn reading/literacy skills

SPED 667
Elementary Content Methods: Special Needs

Evidence-based strategies to teach academic content areas in primary and intermediate grade.

SPED 668
Secondary Content Methods: Special Needs

Evidence-based strategies to teach academic content areas in middle and high school grade.

RDNG 622
Content Area Literacy Instruction

Evidence-based strategies for teaching reading and literacy skills embedded in instruction in academic content areas.


Courses Specific to Autism

SPED 650
Learning Characteristics: Autism

Characteristics and educational implications of autism spectrum disorders, assessment of individual learning and behavior, and planning, implementing and collaborating in the design and delivery of programs and services for children and adults.

SPED 652
Educational Interventions: Autism

Design, delivery and evaluation of instruction for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, use of assistive technology and augmentative communication, and implementation of functional behavior assessment and positive behavior support for children and adults.

SPED 659
Culminating Practicum: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Clinical experience with children or adolescents with autism spectrum disorders in elementary or secondary public school settings.


Courses for Degree Only

SPED 675
Research to Practice

Identification of special education issues and action research strategies for investigating issues in educational practice.

SPED 680
Culminating Project

Completion of master’s program projects in applied research, curriculum development, or program design.