Special Education, M.S. - Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities
For further information: SpecialEdGrad@southernct.edu
All Master ’s degrees in special education require 30 credits, as well as a culminating experience. Some graduate courses may require field experiences. Courses should not be taken without an adviser’s approval.
Graduate students can work towards a Master of Science degree in Special Education in a variety of concentration areas, including Learning Disabilities, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Assistive Technology, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities and Interdisciplinary Special Education. Sixth-year professional diplomas in Applied Behavior Analysis and Assistive Technology are also offered.
Admission and program requirements are as follows:
- 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA
- The program must include 30 credits at the 500 level or above
- Each student must choose an area of concentration for the master's program from the following:
- Learning Disabilities
- Emotional Behavioral Disorders
- Adaptive Technology
- Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities
An interview, essay and two letters of recommendation are required for admission.
The program includes a culminating requirement such as a comprehensive exam or a thesis. Contact the Special Education and Reading Office for information on acceptance to the program.
Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Development Disabilities — 30 Credits
- SED 520 — Nature and Needs of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Development Disabilities (3-Credits)
- SED 512 — Curriculum Methods and Materials for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities (3-Credits)
- SED 610/CSP 610 — Applied Behavioral Analysis in Education Settings (3-Credits)
- SED/CMD 652 — Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (3-Credits)
- SED 519 — Clinical Practices in Special Education (3-Credits)
- SED 514 — Transition Within Disability Services (3-Credits)
*12 credits of graduate electives may be chosen from special education or related courses with advisor approval, but these may not be credits that have been applied to a previous degree. These courses may be any graduate level course in the School of Arts and Science, School of Education, or School of Health and Human Services.
*Comprehensive exam in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities is Required.
Special Education Comprehensive Examination Schedule
- Fall — Study Session: to be announced (see website). Comprehensive Examination: Typically given on the third Saturday in November, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
- Spring — Study Session: to be announced (see website). Comprehensive Examination: Typically given on the first Saturday in June, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.