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MA in Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders program at Grand Canyon University is designed for educators who want to learn more about working with students who have autism spectrum disorders. Read on for more details about this online master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

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Program Prerequisites:

Prospective applicants of Grand Canyon University's Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders should have some education knowledge or experience and be interested in working with ASD students. They should be team players who appreciate human differences. Applicants to Grand Canyon University should have a bachelor's degree. Some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The online Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders program at Grand Canyon University is intended to emphasize research and applied theory. The courses cover topics in child development, brain-based learning, and applied behavior analysis. The program's aim is to prepare participants to help students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) go from school-based learning to the point where they can live independently. Students will also work on a capstone portfolio project that integrates the main elements of the program as a whole. All other coursework must be completed before work on this project can begin.

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Program Length:

32 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Grand Canyon University's Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders program is comprised of 11 courses. Students must earn 32 credits. All but one of the courses is worth three credits each; the remaining one is worth two credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Requirements (32 credits)

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in the College of Education
  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • Brain-Based Learning
  • Foundations in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Methods and Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Policy and Ethics in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Leadership and Collaboration in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Life Skills and Transitions for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Communication Strategies and Assistive Tech for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Capstone in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Career Paths:

Those who complete the online Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders program from Grand Canyon University could have the skills required to help students with ASD. Graduates could be able to pursue positions in a number of settings that include research agencies; elementary, middle, or high school classrooms; group homes; and social services agencies. Below are some potential positions for which graduates might apply:

  • Behavior specialist
  • Interventionist
  • Classroom teacher
  • Child advocate
  • ASD specialist

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