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 a minimum 30 credits, as well as a culminating experience. Six credits at the 300–400 level may be included with adviser's approval. Those who wish to earn a Master of Science degree in this field are required to complete a planned program of study developed in consultation with an adviser. 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, Interdisciplinary Special Education, and Early Childhood Special Education. Sixth-yeah 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 can include 24 credits at the 500 level or above and six credits at the 300 or 400 level. (30 credit total)
- Each student must choose an area of concentration for the master's program from the following:
- Learning Disabilities
- Seriously Emotionally Disabled
- 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/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. If a student is also pursuing initial certification or cross endorsement in special education on the graduate level, 6 credits from the 300-400 level may only by applied if they have not already been applied to another degree.
*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.