MA in Special Education, Autism

Prepare to address the instructional and assessment needs for students identified with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in a flexible program designed for working MA in Special Education Master’s in Special Education educators.

Meet the Varied Needs of Students Across the Autism Spectrum

Explore the etiologies and characteristics of autism disorders to gain a better understanding of students and their needs. With a special education master’s degree in autism, you’ll study the neurobiological and cognitive issues people with autism disorders experience as well as assessment strategies for success so you can become more effective in the classroom.

As an autism master's degree student, you will:

  • Implement evidence-based instructional and behavioral strategies to meet the varied needs of students across the autism spectrum.
  • Advocate for policy and curriculum development by utilizing special education history, pedagogy and latest research.
  • Apply content and professional knowledge to enhance instructional programs and curricula.
  • Evaluate current best practices for instruction and assessment using evidence-based educational research.
  • Evaluate and analyze student achievement and program effectiveness utilizing nonbiased instruments and knowledge of research-based practices.
  • Participate in and provide opportunities for professional development that support children with special needs, their families, schools and communities.
  • Implement culturally responsive and collaborative consultation for students to enhance the opportunities for those with exceptional learning needs.

Next Session

Spring I (Jan 9, 2023)

Estimated Tuition

Ways to Learn

Online

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

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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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    Compared to a brick and mortar, Brandman* professors are more open and I was able to learn better from them. The online community is what kept me going. I think this is the first time in my life where I can say I am proud of myself. 
    Leonard W. | MA in Special Education, Behavior Analysis
    *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
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    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

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for the master’s degree in special education, must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
    • Hold a current special education teaching credential or take EDUU 511 Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
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    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

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    Master of Arts in Special Education Program Curriculum

    •  Prerequisite:    
       EDUU 511  Collaboration For Inclusive Schooling for current special education credential 3
       Core (18 credits)    
      EDUU 600 Research and Evaluation Methods

      3

      EDUU 630 Leadership and Policy in Special Education

      3

      EDUU 631 Program Development and Organization in Special Education

      3

      EDUU 632 Advanced Assessment and Program Evaluation in Special Education

      3

      EDUU 661 Collaboration in Special Education

      3

      EDUU 633 Special Education Capstone

      3

      Emphasis Area Elective Courses

      12-21

      When applying, students must select one emphasis area from the options below.

       

      Total Credits

      33-42

    • 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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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Learn more about special education and strategies that can prepare you for the classroom.

    Special Education

    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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