Program Details

Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders Advanced Program for Continuing Professional Education

Offered By: College of Education
Next Start Date:
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ProgramLength:
Total Program Credits: 32
Online: 6 weeks [More Info]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [More Info]

Overview

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Focus for Special Education Teachers

With the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders continuing to rise, it is imperative to adopt a deepened knowledge of neurological development and applied behavior analysis. The Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), offered by Grand Canyon University's College of Education, provides an intense analysis of brain-based learning and skill improvement. Through a combination of application, theory and research, licensed special educators prepare to meet the demands of teaching and master techniques that improve ASD student outcomes.

In this special education degree program, emphasis is placed on life skills that help students with ASD transition to independent living. Review methods to enhance and assess social, cognitive and behavioral skills using proven and innovative approaches. Throughout your master’s program, you apply your learning during field and internship experiences, and focus on curriculum and plan development, applied techniques and student progression. In a culminating capstone course, demonstrate your overall competency by creating a portfolio presenting the framework for enacting the role of an ASD specialist.

Degree Outcomes

Interventions and Learning Strategies for ASD Students

In the autism spectrum disorders degree program, you increase your understanding of the disorder and appropriate accommodations through theory and applied research. Study educational research, policy and ethics, leadership and collaboration, assistive technology, communication and life skills development to enrich your teaching practices in ASD-specific learning environments.

What You Will Learn

Master's in Autism Spectrum Disorders Curriculum

In this program, ASD specialist candidates study topics such as:

  • Legal policy and ethical practices associated with students with ASD
  • Assessing individual needs, tools for intervention and evaluation strategies
  • Instructional planning, adaptive practice and assessment analysis
  • Functional communication training and practices to promote effective communication
  • Mentorship and leading in the community and ASD classroom

Career Outcomes

Career Options with an Autism Specialization

Common jobs following the completion of the Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders program include ASD specialist, behavior analyst, child advocate, special education teacher and behavioral interventionist. Potential places of work include nontraditional school settings, social service agencies, research agencies, nonprofit organizations and private, public or charter K-12 schools.

Course List

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Major:
32 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
32 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Education. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course provides teachers with an introduction to applied research in education across the major quantitative, qualitative, and action research traditions. Coursework focuses on understanding the research process and its integrated components and evaluating published research reports from the perspective of a critical consumer. Teachers explore scientific reasoning and research design.

Course Description

This course focuses on brain research (from neuroscience to the behavioral and cognitive sciences) that relates to teaching and learning and suggests ways that brain research can be translated into what teachers do in schools and classrooms. Teacher candidates will examine the inner workings of the brain and the effect on student learning, memory, and transfer. Specifically, the course explores the body of knowledge that represents the application of brain research to classroom practice, and how knowledge about the human brain can affect the curricular, instructional, and assessment decisions that teachers make every day. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

This course orients autism spectrum disorder specialist candidates to the theoretical foundations of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ASD specialist candidates will focus on the exceptional needs of students with ASD and teacher's responsibilities to determining eligibility and assessment. This course also examines diagnoses and implications in the school environment. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

The focus of this course is to provide methods for improvement of instruction, based on assessment for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ASD specialist candidates will center on instructional planning, adaptive practices, and intervention strategies established through assessment analysis. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: SPD-505.

Course Description

The focus of this course is to provide autism spectrum disorders (ASD) specialist candidates with advanced knowledge of applied behavior analysis in regards to accommodations for students with ASD. ASD specialist candidates will focus on assessing individual needs, tools for intervention, and evaluating strategies and student progress. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: SPD-505.

Course Description

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) specialist candidates acquire knowledge of legal policy and ethical practices associated with students with ASD. This course focuses on rights and responsibilities, trends, and advocacy for students with ASD. ASD specialist candidates will also focus on creation and delivery of individualized education plans. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: SPD-505.

Course Description

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) specialist candidates acquire a repertoire of skills that enable them to lead and collaborate in an environment focused on students with ASD. ASD specialist candidates develop techniques for professional learning and evidence-based practices centered on learner growth for students with ASD. This course also focuses on mentoring opportunities and community collaboration. Practicum/field experience hours: 5. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: SPD-535.

Course Description

This course focuses autism spectrum disorders (ASD) specialist candidates on life skills and transitions for students with ASD. ASD specialist candidates will focus on development of individualized education plans and planning for independent living. No practicum/field experience required. No Fingerprint Clearance necessary. Prerequisite: SPD-535.

Course Description

This course explores functional communication training and specific strategies to promote effective communication behaviors or skills of students with ASD. In addition, ASD specialist candidates survey assistive technology in relation to enhancing communication of students with autism spectrum disorders. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: SPD-525.

Course Description

The capstone course provides ASD specialist candidates the opportunity to create a portfolio project that synthesizes major elements of the professional studies program. Prerequisite: Completion of all other courses required for the Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders program. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

Online

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Evening

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Online and Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.