College of Education

Special Education with an Emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders (MA)

This program is for individuals who hold a valid Minnesota teaching license and who wish to expand their teaching skills and knowledge of the characteristics and interventions used with students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. It is designed to prepare highly effective professional, decision-making, and reflective educators who are proficient in foundational knowledge; referral, evaluation, planning, and programming; instructional design, teaching, and ongoing evaluation; collaboration and communication; standards of effective practice; and core special education skills including instructional strategies, social/emotional health, social competence, cultural competence, classroom management, and academic competence. The coursework is designed to be sequential and is offered in an online format.

Supplemental Course
Literacy Strategies for Grades K-6: SPED 1 (6)
Program Courses
SPED 580Ethical Issues for Professional Educators of Exceptional Learners3
SPED 581Instructional Strategies: Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
ED 521Educational Research and Applications3
SPED 583Collaborative Teaching in Inclusive Settings3
SPED 582Teaching Students with Linguistic Differences or Difficulties3
SPED 573Fundamentals: Autism Spectrum Disorders3
SPED 574Communication and Social Skills Training3
SPED 596Behavior Management3
SPED 575Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders3
SPED 586Learners with Disabilities: Educational Assessment3
SPED 593Applied Experience in Autism Spectrum Disorders6
ED 590Conducting Research and Completing the Capstone3
Total Credits39
1

SPED 562 Literacy Strategies for Grades K-6: SPED (6 credits) is required unless candidates are able to verify equivalent coursework addressing comprehensive scientifically-based reading instruction including reading foundations and assessment