Special Education-Autism Spectrum Disorders (MS)


The master's is for an individual seeking additional knowledge in autism spectrum disorders. Someone enrolled in this program can be seeking an MS only or seeking an MS and a teaching license. 

Catalog Year



Master of Science

Total Credits






Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Program Requirements

Restricted Electives

15 credits is required to earn the graduate certificate from the university. Up to 22 credits may be required to meet the licensure requirements for the State of MN.

Licensure Requirement - Choose 15 - 22 Credit(s). Core Competency Courses. Students admitted to this program, who are seeking a MN teaching license, must work with an advisor to determine courses needed to meet MN BOT licensure standards.

Applied practical approaches to improve academic and personal social behavior of special needs students in general education and special education settings. Principles of applied behavior analysis including reduction and enhancement procdures will be explored.

Prerequisites: none

Current practices in the identification, placement, and education of exceptional children and youth. Emphasis on patterns of social, cognitive, language, and psychological development of exceptional children. Social, political, and economic advocacy issues.

Prerequisites: none

In-depth examination of the problems, trends, and procedures used in planning career development, pre-vocational, and vocational programs for the midly disabled. Program models, assessment, job analysis, placement, and employer-school relations are covered.

Prerequisites: none

Interpretation and implementation of psychological reports, formative and summative assessment data, enabling incorporation of relevant information/data into an evaluation report. Applied practical understanding, development, usage, and interpreation of information assessment tools determining identification and instructional design.

Prerequisites: none

This graduate course is designed to assist educators to develop knowledge of the due process requirements outlined in Minnesota Rule and Statute as well as a working understanding of federal special education law under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Understanding the requirement of due process and federal special education law is critical in today's schools, both for teachers as well as administrators.

Prerequisites: none