Saint Joseph's University

MS in Special Education - Autism

The Master's in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization program at Saint Joseph's University is designed to prepare special educators, social service workers, and parents to interact with and provide services to children and adults with ASD. Read more about the Master's in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization program here.

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Master's in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization

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Program Prerequisites:

Students who wish to apply to the Master's in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization program should have a desire to work with people with special needs. Applicants to Saint Joseph's University's program should have earned at least an associate's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the Master's in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization program have the opportunity to develop the skills, strategies and techniques needed to offer intervention, special education, and habilitation services to individuals with ASD. Students can study behavior management techniques, strategies for addressing socialization issues, and the foundations of best practices in ASD education. Ethical issues in ASD education are also considered.

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Financial Aid:

Saint Joseph's University offers eligible students a number of financial aid opportunities, which include academic scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study funds.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Professional and Liberal Studies:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Joseph's University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Specialization Courses

  • SPE 720 Introduction to ASD: Overview of Causality, Diagnosis and Advocacy
  • SPE 721 Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Socialization Strategies
  • SPE 722 Evidenced-Based Practices: Assessment, Interventions, and Instructional Methodologies
  • SPE 723 Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis: Behavior Management Approaches

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Career Paths:

The Master's in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization program is designed to prepare highly qualified special education teachers who can teach and interact with children and adults with ASD. Graduates of the program could be prepared to seek positions in special education facilities and programs. Some positions may require certification; graduates should check with their local state board of education for detailed information. Examples of positions graduates may wish to pursue include:

  • Applied behavior analyst
  • Special education teacher, elementary school
  • Special education teacher, secondary school

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Special Education job growth will reach 17% overall by 2018*. By comparison, the growth rate for traditional teaching jobs is estimated to reach 13%. When broken down by grade level, career prospects in Special Education are even stronger for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school teachers. The number of available Special Education jobs at those levels is estimated by the Labor Statistics Bureau to grow by 20% in the next several years. Special Education jobs in middle schools will grow by 18%, according to the Bureau, while high school job growth is expected to reach 13%.

In addition, the online Master of Science in Special Education from Saint Joseph's University includes two powerful specializations that are designed to meet the most pressing demands in today's schools. The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Specialization is in response to an overwhelming increase in the rates of diagnosis across the entire autism spectrum.

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