What is an MA in Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Posted on September 19, 2017  in  [ Teaching & School Administration ]

Are you interested in a career as an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) specialist or child advocate, or in working with students who have autism? If so, consider earning Grand Canyon University’s Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Offered by the College of Education, this degree features an in-depth analysis of skill improvement and brain-based learning. By combining theory, research and application, the MA in Autism Spectrum Disorders can prepare licensed special educators to improve ASD student outcomes.

Prepare to Work as an ASD Specialist

GCU’s MA in Autism Spectrum Disorders can prepare you for a role as an ASD specialist by helping you master techniques for assisting ASD students with the transition to independence. Throughout this program, you will apply what you learn during internship and field experiences, as well as focus on curriculum development, student progression and applied techniques. This program culminates with a capstone course in which you will create a portfolio that presents the framework for filling the role of an ASD specialist.

Study an Autism Spectrum Disorders Curriculum

Students in this program explore topics such as assessing individual needs, evaluation strategies, tools for intervention and ethical practices and legal policy as they relate to students with ASD. You will also learn about leadership and mentorship in the community and ASD classroom, as well as functional communication and instructional planning.

Pursue a Career in Autism Specialization

While completing the MA in Autism Spectrum Disorders program, you will study leadership and collaboration, assistive technology, policy and ethics, educational research, life skills development and communication to improve your teaching skills in ASD learning environments. Graduates of this program commonly go on to fill roles as behavior analysts, ASD specialists, special education teachers, behavioral interventionists and child advocates in educational settings, research agencies, nonprofit organizations and social service agencies.

Would you like to learn more? If so, visit the College of Education website or use the Request More Information button on this page.

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