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.
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.
Classroom Behavior Management: for Special Needs
Evidence-based strategies for classroom and behavior management for individuals and groups.
Technology Applications for Special Needs
Instructional technology for learning activities to teach 21st century skills.
Collaborative-Consultative Inclusion Strategies
Skills and strategies for collaboration and/or consultation within an inclusive school environment.
Mathematics for Special Needs
Evidence-based mathematics interventions for students struggling to learn math skills.
Reading for Special Needs
Evidence-based reading interventions for students struggling to learn reading/literacy skills
Elementary Content Methods: Special Needs
Evidence-based strategies to teach academic content areas in primary and intermediate grade.
Secondary Content Methods: Special Needs
Evidence-based strategies to teach academic content areas in middle and high school grade.
Content Area Literacy Instruction
Evidence-based strategies for teaching reading and literacy skills embedded in instruction in academic content areas.
Courses Specific to Autism
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.
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.
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
Research to Practice
Identification of special education issues and action research strategies for investigating issues in educational practice.
Completion of master’s program projects in applied research, curriculum development, or program design.