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Master of arts in special education

Master's Degree Only Option:
Autism Spectrum Disorders


Below are the courses and credit information for students who select the masters degree only option in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program.
SPED 500 Legal/Educational Foundations: Special Education
3 cr.
SPED 601 Academic Interventions: 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 667
SPED 668
Elementary Content Methods: Special Needs

Secondary Content Methods: Special Needs
3 cr.

3 cr.
SPED 650 Learning Characteristics: Autism
3 cr.
SPED 652 Educational Interventions: Autism
3 cr.
SPED 675 Research to Practice
3 cr.
SPED 680 Culminating Project
3 cr.
Approved Electives (in areas related to ASD Program and approved by advisor)
6 cr.

36 Credits Total

Electives should be designed to develop the student’s knowledge and skills in a way that directly supports the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program by enhancing his or her ability to teach students with autism spectrum disorders across a broad age range. Some courses in other areas of special education (especially early intervention/early childhood special education and severe/multiple disabilities) may be especially helpful, as will courses in curriculum and instruction, child development, or instructional technologies. All electives must have earned graduate degree credit from a regionally accredited institution and must be approved in advance in writing by the faculty advisor. Courses that earned continuing education or professional development credits may not be counted as electives in a degree program.

All courses in a degree program must be completed within eight 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.