Special Education, Non-Teaching (MED) Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program include the following:

  • Complete application for admission 
  • Admission to the College of Education and Human Development
  • Baccalaureate degree in special education, psychology, speech language pathology, occupational therapy or social work from an accredited institution
  • Professional certification/license/experience in a field related to autism/intellectual disability
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language required of all international students from countries in which English is not the native language; and 2.75 cumulative grade point average. (GRE – Not Required)   

MEd in Special Education, concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis 

Academic Plan Code(s): SPE_MEDAUT

Inquiry (Critical Thinker) 9
Applied Behavior Analysis
Radical Behaviorism
Single Case Research Methods and Designs
Advocacy: (Professional Leader)6
Professional and Ethical Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis
Research Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Action (Problem Solver)3-12
Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis
Midpoint Assessment
Area of Emphasis 12
Autism: Introduction and Understanding
Behavior Intervention
Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication
Behavior Assessment
Minimum Total Hours30-39

Midpoint Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grade no lower than B-minus in all coursework; completion of intervention proposal and presentation with a rating of Satisfactory; Target performance or better on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks to date; scored Target performance or better on Advanced Program rubrics.

Exit Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grades no lower than B-minus in all coursework; completion of intervention proposal and presentation with a rating of Satisfactory; Target performance or better on all Hallmark Assessments; scored Target performance or better on Advanced Program rubrics; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.

The Master's in Special Education Non-Teaching Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis program prepares students to meet the requirements for certification and/or licensure.  If you plan to pursue professional licensure or certification, you should first determine your state’s criteria for examination and licensure to see how/if our program meets those requirements prior to enrollment. We recommend that you also contact your state’s licensing board directly to verify that the requirements have not changed recently and to answer any questions especially those regarding additional requirements beyond the degree. 

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