Skip to main content

MASTER OF ARTS and/or 
certification in special education

Course Offerings:
Autism Spectrum Disorders

All required courses in this program are offered on a one-year cycle or at least once each year. Since all courses are offered every other year, the typical minimum time to completion is about one (1) calendar year to complete the program at 9 credits per semester, or two (2) calendar years to complete the program at 6 credits per semester. The chart shows when specific courses in this program are likely to be offered.

Program Delivery: One (1) Year Cycle

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer
SPED 500 SPED 500 SPED 500
SPED 603 SPED 603 SPED 609
SPED 663 SPED 663  
SPED 665 SPED 665  
SPED 666 SPED 666  
SPED 667 SPED 667  
SPED 668 SPED 668  
RDNG 622 RDNG 622 RDNG 622
SPED 650 SPED 650  
SPED 652* SPED 652*  
content courses content courses content courses
SPED 659 (Practicum) SPED 659 (Practicum) SPED 675 (Project )
    SPED 680 (Project )
*NOTE: SPED 650 is a prerequisite for SPED 652.

Students may enter the program at ANY point in the cycle and take the courses as they are offered. Courses do NOT have to be taken in a specific order except that ALL other required courses MUST be completed PRIOR to enrolling in the capstone courses (culminating practicum for certification programs OR culminating project courses for degree programs).

Many courses have an associated field experience, requiring students to conduct activities with individuals, families, programs, or professionals in real world settings; field experiences may be completed in the job setting (if appropriately employed) or in a local school or agency that grants permission.

Students in certification program options MUST complete practicum as a single 6-credit block in the final academic semester; students in degree only program option MUSTcomplete culminating project courses (SPED 675 and 680) together in the final semester.

ALL required courses in the program are delivered via ONLINE distance education, using a combination of desktop conference (live) sessions and web (on demand) activities on alternating weeks throughout each academic semester. Live sessions and other web activities are conducted entirely online withiin the WVU eCampus learning management system. All online activities are conducted in English.

Students must earn an average of 80% or better on the required assessments designated for each course and also achieve a grade of B or better in each course or they may be dropped from the program. A grade of Incomplete will only be approved for emergency situations; all requirements must be completed prior to the end of the next academic semester.