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Online Master's Degree in Special Education: Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Early Childhood

Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education - Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Childhood Online

Graduates of the Special Education Program - Autism and Developmental Disabilities specialization will gain in-depth training on evidence-based practices, practical application, and technology application for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. Candidates are prepared to work in early intervention settings and school settings.  

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Graduate Special Education Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree
  • Essay submitted and reviewed: “Why do you want to pursue a master’s degree in special education?”

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university - GPA below 3.0 – 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree
  • Essay submitted and reviewed: “Why do you want to pursue a master’s degree in special education?
  • OTHER EVIDENCE: At least one of the following:
    • Minimum GRE score of 282 (verbal and quantitative combined);
    • Statement related to the circumstances surrounding your lower GPA and why you believe you are ready for graduate studies (at least one page in length) AND two professional letters of recommendation, both should be from school administrators who have supervised your work in the classroom. If you can only secure one from such a person, the second must be a professional letter from someone who can speak to your capacity to be a special education teacher.

M.A. in Special Education – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Degree Requirements

  • Students must complete 24 semester credit hours of core coursework.
  • Students are required to complete semester credit hours of autism and developmental coursework.
  • Students are required to complete 3 semester credit hours of autism and developmental disabilities practicum.
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