Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.
Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of students? Consider furthering your career by pursuing a Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Who Chooses a Master’s in ASD?
GCU’s master’s degree in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is intended for licensed special education teachers, allowing them an opportunity to gain further insight into their area of expertise and acquire a deeper understanding of educating students with ASD.
The curriculum focuses on:
- Assessing the needs of individuals with autism
- Interventional tools
- Training for the promotion of effective and functional skills in communication
- Mentorship and leadership in a special needs environment
- Strategies of evaluation
- Ethical and legal practices involved in teaching ASD students
Why Choose GCU?
GCU’s College of Education offers the master’s degree in ASD in both as an online education degree and in an evening classes format. This allows teachers who work during the day to earn their MA while still maintaining a full-time teaching job.
The master’s degree program at Grand Canyon University is a thorough and complete study of ASD that may prove to be exceedingly beneficial. The field experience requirement can also prove to be helpful in preparing you for a full-time job working with students with ASD.
Why is it in Demand?
There has been an increase in the number of students who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, causing an increasing need for highly qualified educators who can address their educational needs effectively throughout their years of elementary and secondary schooling. Possible career options for someone who completes a master’s degree in autism spectrum disorders include ASD specialist, behavior analyst, special education teacher and many others.
If working with students with ASD interests you, consider GCU’s College of Education as the college to aid you in your journey to earning your next degree. To learn more about Grand Canyon University’s Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders, request more information today!
Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a freshman majoring in English literature at GCU.