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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.


As an education, autism emphasis, student, you 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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    Brandman* has taught me a lot about teaching to different levels of students.
    Dawn P. | MA, Special Education
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global
    As a result of my experiences in the program, I feel prepared to teach students with ASD. Before enrolling in this class, I admit I was intimidated and fearful of teaching students with ASD. I am much more confident in my ability to teach students with ASD, and my principal and co-workers appreciate my new knowledge. I feel prepared for my experiences with students with ASD and I am much more comfortable in the classroom.
    Shelley K. | Pechanga Chammakilawish School, Special Education Teacher Mild to Moderate
    Amy J.
    I took the Autism program classes and found the passion of special education, which I really never thought of as an option. I finished the Autism program and enrolled in Brandman’s* Master of Special Education. The professors support their students and truly want them to be successful. The online format works best for my busy schedule, they understand that we are busy working adults, so they are encouraging with high expectations. 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. | North Orange County ROP, Career Technical Education Teacher in the Education Pathway
    *Brandman University is now UMass Global

    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

    Program Curriculum

    • EDUU 600  Research and Evaluation Methods


      EDUU 605  Democracy, Education and Social Change


      EDUU 606  Seminar in Learning Theory


      EDUU 607  Seminar in Comparative Education


      EDUU 608  Seminar in the Social Foundations of Education


      EDUU 609  Seminar in Curriculum Studies


      Core Courses Subtotal


    • 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


      EDUU 675 Assessing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


      EDUU 676 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Programming and Strategies, I


      EDUU 677 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Programming and Strategies, II


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    University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

    The School of Education at University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org.

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