2021-2022 Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Program Description

The Master of Education in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders program is intended for applicants who already hold Pennsylvania teaching certification in special education. Upon completion, students will hold a master's degree in special education and will be eligible to add autism spectrum disorders (ASD) endorsement to their current teaching certificate.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Jason Kight

Delivery Mode

100% Online

Accreditation

This graduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Curriculum

Course Credits
ESP 602  Life Skills Planning and Instruction 3
ESP 603  Assessment and Prescriptive Teaching 3
ESP 606  Transition Planning and Instruction  OR  ESP 607  Early Intervention: Special Education 3
ESP 639  Field Experience Seminar in Special Education 3
ESP 701*  Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
ESP 740  Nature/Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
ESP 741  Communication, Behavior and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
ESP 742  Life Transitions and Partnerships: Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
ESP 743  Navigating the Social World: Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
ESP 800  Seminar in Advanced Behavior Analysis and Research Design 3
Total 30

* ESP 701 is a pre-requisite course for all other courses in Special Education.

Students must complete 15 credits of Required Special Education Courses. These courses, listed in the sequence above, include ESP 602, ESP 603, ESP 606, ESP 607 and ESP 639. Students may substitute any of these required 15 credits with the following courses listed below:

  • ESP 612  Evidence Based Practices for PK-8 Inclusion (3 credits)
  • ESP 613  Evidence Based Practices for Secondary Inclusion (3 credits)
  • ESP 620  Special Ed. History, Theory and Exceptionality (3 credits)
  • ESP 622  Advanced Evidence Based Practices for PK-8 Inclusion (3 credits)
  • ESP 623  Advanced Evidence Based Practices for Secondary Inclusion (3 credits)

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/graduate/masters/education-online/autism-spectrum-disorders/index.aspx