MA in Education Autism

Become a more effective educator for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Learn how to set up your classroom environment for success and how to engage students with a variety of instructional strategies.

Master’s in Education, Autism Program Overview

Meet the diverse needs of your students by earning a master’s in autism education at UMass Global. Pursuing degrees in autism sets educators up for success and advancement in special education roles. Our program is designed for those with a passion for educating students on the autism spectrum. You will learn new strategies and skills for educating your students based on their unique needs. Made for working educators, our education master’s degree, autism emphasis, provides optimum flexibility, available on-campus and online.

 

Students in this program will:
  • Learn how to best educate students across the autism spectrum based on evidence-based instructional and behavioral strategies
  • Understand how to assess the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Discover how to structure your learning environment to support students with ASD and encourage social interactions.
  • Create a website that provides ASD resources for families and educators and participate in fieldwork with children on the autism spectrum.
 

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Fall II (Oct 24, 2022)

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University of Massachusetts Global's Credential and Authorization Education programs are accredited by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

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    kelly howell brandman
    My first experience with Brandman* was when I was a special education teacher when my district paired up with them for an autism certificate.  I liked it because I was able to still work and do everything else I needed to do.
    Kelly H. | MA, Educational Leadership and Administration
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global
    dawn perez brandman
    Brandman* has taught me a lot about teaching to different levels of students.
    Dawn P. | MA, Special Education
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global
    Amy J.
    I took the Autism classes [through Extended Education] and found the passion of special education, which I really never thought of as an option. I finished the Autism program and enrolled in the Master of Special Education.  I have learned to reflect on my teaching and determine if I am reaching all students and on how to better reach any struggling students.
    Amy J. | MA, Special Education

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for this accredited online teaching degree program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
    • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate in an academic setting
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    Graduate Level Exams

    For information about exam/test score requirements, please reference the University of Massachusetts Global Catalog

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    Program Curriculum

    • EDUU 600  Research and Evaluation Methods

      3

      EDUU 605  Democracy, Education and Social Change

      3

      EDUU 606  Seminar in Learning Theory

      3

      EDUU 607  Seminar in Comparative Education

      3

      EDUU 608  Seminar in the Social Foundations of Education

      3

      EDUU 609  Seminar in Curriculum Studies

      3

      Core Courses Subtotal

      18

    • Candidates who complete this emphasis area and have an appropriate credential may be eligible to be recommended for the authorization prior to the completion of their degree. See an advisor for more information.

      EDUU 575 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiologies and Characteristics

      3

      EDUU 675 Assessing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

      3

      EDUU 676 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Programming and Strategies, I

      3

      EDUU 677 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Programming and Strategies, II

      3

      Total Credits

      12

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    What are key characteristics of a special education teacher?

    There are many characteristics that are essential for teachers who work with special needs students. Some examples include:

    • They are active listeners
    • They have strong social perception skills
    • They understand how to support different learning styles
    • They’re adept at complex problem solving
    • They are service oriented

    Find out more about these qualities and explore if this helping profession is right for you.  

    What is the difference between special education and inclusive education?

    Historically, students with disabilities were segregated from general education peers in public schools, which was the typical scenario referred to by the term “special education.” Today, many schools are restructuring to move toward an “inclusive education” model, wherein general education and special needs students learn together in the same classroom. Get strategies for fostering inclusive learning

    What is an IEP?

    IEP stands for “Individualized Education Program.” Once a child has been evaluated and their eligibility for services is confirmed, the IEP serves as the roadmap for success based on the student’s unique needs. Parents work with a team of educators to craft it and document their child’s progress and development. 

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