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Master of Arts in Special Education

Autism Spectrum Disorders

This online graduate program prepares professional educators who can provide quality early intervention, special education, and adult habilitation services to individuals with an autism spectrum disorder from early childhood through adulthood.  Please visit the  mission and philosophy page  to read more concerning the mission of this specific program.


The Autism Spectrum Disorders Program at WVU offers the following options:

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The master’s degree with certification program leads to initial certification or additional endorsement in autism in West Virginia, which includes children, adolescents, and adults with various conditions and levels of severity.

Individuals with prior certification in early childhood (K-4) or elementary education (K-6 or K-8) earn an endorsement for grades K-6. Individuals with prior certification in biology, chemistry, English, general science, mathematics, physics, reading education or specialist, and/or social studies earn an endorsement for grades 5-Adult. Individuals who hold any other certification earn initial certification in grades 5-Adult only and also must complete a  content endorsement for special educators in English, mathematics, biology, general science, or social studies.

Individuals who hold no prior certification are only eligible to complete the 5-Adult program and earn certification at those grade levels. Individuals seeking certification or endorsement in other states or in international areas should consult with local and state agencies about certification requirements that apply specifically to them and conformation that the WVU program will satisfy those requirements. This qualifies as an alternative certification program in West Virginia.

WVU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, while the program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and meets professional standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).