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Master of Arts in special education

Master's Degree with Certification Option: Autism Spectrum Disorders

(Currently closed to admissions)

Below are the courses and credit information for students who select the master's degree with certification option in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program.  This program is subject to revision whenever teacher education or certification requirements are changed.
SPED 500 Legal/Educational Foundations: Special Education
3 cr.
SPED 603 Classroom/Behavior Management: Special Education
3 cr.
SPED 609 Technology Applications for Special Needs
3 cr.
SPED 663 Collaborative-Consultative Inclusion Strategies
3 cr.
SPED 665 Mathematics for Special Needs
3 cr.
SPED 666 Reading for Special Needs
3 cr.
RDNG 622 Content Area Literacy Instruction
3 cr.
SPED 668
OR
SPED 668
Elementary Content Methods: Special Needs (K-6 only)

Secondary Content Methods: Special Needs (5-Adult only)
3 cr.

3.cr.
SPED 650 Learning Characteristics: Autism Spectrum Disorders
3.cr.
SPED 652 Educational Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders*
3 cr.
SPED 659 Culminating Practicum: Autism** 6 cr.


36 Total Credits

*NOTE: SPED 652 is a prerequisite for SPED 650.

ALL students should follow the program requirements outlined on the Student Program Plan sent with the admission letter.

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

Individuals who have completed a program in Autism Spectrum Disorders Grades K-6 or 5-Adult may add an endorsement in Multicategorical Special Education at the same grade levels by completing a second practicum.

**Students must pass PRAXIS tests required by the program prior to and as a condition of admission to practicum:

  • Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6 (5522 or 0522) OR 5-9 (5523 or 0523) OR 7-12 (5524 or 0524) (if no prior certification)
  • Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354 or 0354)

These or other tests also may be required for licensure in West Virginia or in the designated specialization area in other states/countries to earn initial certification or additional endorsement.

All courses in a certification program must be completed within 8 years; this includes waivers granted for courses completed within other programs or at other institutions.

All courses in a degree program must be completed within 8 years; this includes transfers from other institutions and elective courses.

Retention in this program requires maintaining active student status and an overall GPA of 3.0. Students who fail to maintain active student status by enrolling in at least one course every two years become inactive and will have to re-apply and meet any new requirements in effect at the time of admission. Students who fail to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 will be dismissed from the program and may be unable to reapply for admission.