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Special Education (Autism Spectrum Disorders), MA

Learn how to support and advocate for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. A curriculum that blends theory with practice provides you with the ability to conduct helpful interventions and promote specialized learning strategies.


Program description

The MA program in special education with a concentration in autism spectrum disorders prepares graduates to provide important services for children and adults with ASD.

Coursework in this program teaches how to dispel common misconceptions about ASD and those it impacts, as well as how to determine the credibility of sources. Students learn strategies for sharing information with family members of autistic individuals, ensuring parents and caregivers are properly informed about ASD and how to support their loved ones.

The practicum component of this curriculum enables students to apply the topics covered in theoretical courses to practical scenarios. Candidates build experience supporting autistic learners by delivering 45 direct contact hours of approved activities under the direction of a supervisor and instructor. 

The ASD master’s program requirements align with the autism special education standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

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