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MEd in K-12 Special Education - Autism Certificate

Students who choose Regent University's Master of Education in K-12 Special Education with an Working with Autistic Children Certificate program can learn more about how to work professionally with students with autism. Learn more about this online degree and certificate program option.

Official Program Name:

Master of Education in K-12 Special Education with the Working with Autistic Children Certificate

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

The Master of Education in K-12 Special Education - Autism Certificate program at Regent University is a graduate-level academic option for individuals interested in learning how to effectively teach autistic students. To gain admission to this master's degree and certificate program, students must possess a bachelor's degree, earn passing scores on required assessments, and meet specific training requirements. All applicants to Regent University must also have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Students who enroll in Regent University's Master of Education in K-12 Special Education program have the opportunity to learn strategies used in the classroom to teach students with special needs in the classroom. The core courses are designed to cover topics such as legal aspects of special education, how to teach students with special needs, and characteristics of students with disabilities.

To earn the Working with Autistic Children Certificate, MEd students will take an additional three courses that are designed to offer a quality understanding of the autism spectrum disorders and prepare them to design a comprehensive academic program on the job. They also have the chance to learn methods used to teach autistic students reading, behavior, and more. Students take part in an autism practicum project in which they make contact with at least one student with autism, complete academic and behavioral assessments, write an IEP, and design a four-week program.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

51 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

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Required Courses for the Master of Education in K-12 Special Education - Autism Certificate:

In the Master of Education in K-12 Special Education - Autism Certificate program, students must take 15 required courses for the MEd - K-!2 Special Education program and three additional courses for the autism certificate, which add up to 51 credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (42 credits)

  • Professional Project
  • Faith Integration Assessment
  • Legal Aspects and Foundations of Special Education
  • Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
  • Behavior Management & Social Skills Training
  • Language Acquisition & the Communicative Arts
  • Assessing & Teaching Reading of Narrative & Expository Texts
  • Collaboration & Consultation
  • Assessing & Teaching Mathematics to Students with Special Needs
  • Field III Internship (Students with Disabilities)
  • Field III Internship (Inclusion)
  • Instructional Methods for Students with Disabilities
  • K-12 Reading Assessment and Instruction Across Content Areas
  • Data Driven Assessment
  • Foundations of Education and Human Growth and Development

Working with Autistic Children Certificate Courses (9 credits)

  • Introduction to Identification and Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Methods for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Autism Practicum Project

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete the Master of Education in K-12 Special Education - Autism Certificate program could choose to continue their learning by pursuing academic programs in education at the specialist or doctorate level. These program options might focus on special education or autism and could prepare them for administration positions or careers in research or postsecondary education.

Graduates could pursue programs that include:

  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Special Education
  • Doctor of Education with a concentration in Special Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Special Education with an emphasis in Autism
  • Autism and Developmental Disabilities Doctoral Program

Career Paths:

Upon completion of the Master of Education in K-12 Special Education program with an Working with Autistic Children Certificate, graduates could be ready for careers working with autistic students or roles in other areas of education. In their positions, graduates might be asked to teach students with autism in classrooms or work with them one on one, identify students with autism, aid in special education professional development, and more.

Potential career options for graduates include:

  • Special education teacher
  • Special education consultant
  • Social worker
  • Special education advocate
  • Art therapist

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