Accelerated Master's in Special Education, Autism Spectrum Disorder Emphasis

Accelerated Master's Degree Option

Before enrolling in a course to be counted as both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count a course toward the master's degree, a special education undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the Graduate Program Advisor, the Department Head of the Undergraduate program, and the Dean of the Graduate College. This is done by using a mixed credit form. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). See the Graduate College for further information.

Admission Requirements for the Accelerated Option:

  1. Junior standing, with an overall GPA of 3.00 or better;
  2. Admission to Teacher Education;
  3. Completion of SPE 345 (Educational Evaluation of Exceptional Students) and SPE 346 (Educational Evaluation of Exceptional Students Lab); and
  4. Acceptance of the applicant by the graduate faculty in Special Education under the accelerated master's option.

Mixed Credit Course Options

If accepted to the accelerated program, up to 12 hours of course work may apply to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees, including, but not limited to:

  • SPE 613, Physical and Health Needs of Students with Disabilities (would be designated as an elective for BSED)
  • SPE 616, Foundations of Applied Behavior Analysis and Interventions for Teachers in Applied Settings
  • SPE 621, Methods of Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Other Health Impairments
  • SPE 622, Practicum-Instruction of Students with Developmental Disabilities and Other Health Impairments
  • SPE 626, Applied Behavior Analysis for Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • SPE 664, Language Development of Exceptional Students
  • SPE 650, Career/Vocational Education and Transition
  • SPE 660, Working with Families of Exceptional Individuals
  • SPE 779, Application of Technology in Special Education (would be designated as an elective for BSED)
Course Code Course Title Credits
SPE 780* Contemporary Issues in Special Education 3 hrs
SPE 625 Introduction to Teaching and Assessing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 hrs
SPE 791 Clinical Practicum for Special Needs Populations 4 hrs
SPE 627 Seminar in Developmental and Sensory Disabilities 3 hrs
SPE 626 Applied Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities and Autism 3 hrs
CSD 733 Introduction to Augmentativeand Alternative Communication 2 hrs
Electives 9 hrs
Total 36 hrs

*Offered via internet or alternative delivery system based on availability.