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MS in Education: Special Education with ASD Added Authorization

The Master of Science in Education: Special Education emphasis includes the necessary coursework required for the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Added Authorization. Students complete 15 units of core classes and 15 units of advanced course work in Special Education. This degree requires thirty units of coursework in addition to demonstration of directed research and field experiences.

The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Added Authorization is designed for individuals interested in teaching students with autism spectrum disorders. Candidates accepted into this program must currently hold or be eligible for an Education Specialist Level I teaching credential prior to the recommendation for the Added Authorization.

MS in Education: Special Education with ASD Added Authorization Curriculum

EDUC 5900      Research Methodologies (3 units)
EDUC 5901      Proposal Development (3 units)
EDUC 5910      Leadership Change in Education (3 units)
EDUC 5920      Cultural Pluralism in Education (3 units)
EDUC 5998      Directed Research in Education (3 units)
Total Core Course Units: 15

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Added Authorization Courses

EDUC 5801      Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 units)
EDUC 5802      Assessing and Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 units)
EDUC 5803      Collaborative Field Experience Seminar (3 units)
EDUC 5804      Supervised Teaching with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders  (3 units)
One additional Special Education course (EDUC 54**) (3 units)

Total ASD Added Authorization Units: 15

Total units for MS in Education: Special Education with ASD Added Authorization: 30

program features

  • Innovative and highly regarded curriculum
  • Small class size, personal attention and a supportive learning community
  • Outstanding mentoring from faculty and site supervisors who are experienced classroom teachers, and who know the unique county and district cultures
  • Prepares teachers for new roles and responsibilities in education and professional careers
  • Master’s 15-unit core classes in a hybrid online – and face to face format
  • For the most current requirements and policies as well as for course descriptions, please refer to our online catalog

Career Possibilities

  • Teach at the community college level
  • Write for professional publications
  • Preparation for doctoral programs

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