Master's of Education (MED)

Autism Spectrum Disorders Certification

Online 36 major credits * 1 - 2 years

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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online program

1 - 2 years or less completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE or admission tests

No weekend classes


For individuals with a personal or professional interest in autism disorders (parents, advocates, service providers, and others).

What You Learn

The Autism Spectrum Disorders program gives you an in-depth study of the range of the disorder along with insight on intervention methods. The 15-credit program leads to eligibility for the Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement. An additional 21 credits are needed to qualify for a Master’s of Education degree, including the completion of a successful applied thesis.

How You Learn

This is a cohort program. The entire program is laid out in advance. Students finish 1, 3-credit course every 7.5 weeks. Cohort courses run during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Online activities may include assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments, and group activities done electronically.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of the first 15 credit-hours of the graduate program, students will be eligible for the GCU Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate. Upon completion of the full program outlined below, students will have earned an M.Ed.

Degree Requirements

Courses required for Autism Endorsement Only:

EDC5301Nature & Needs of Individuals with Autism & PDD3
EDC5302Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism & Developmental Disabilities3
EDC5303Communication & Social Skills Intervention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders3
EDC5304Assessment & Curricular Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders3
EDC5305Interventions & Supports for Level 1 Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder3
 Total Credit Hours Required for Autism Endorsement Only:15

Courses Required to continue on for Master of Education:

EDC5001Philosophical & Psychological Foundations of Inclusive Education3
EDC5002Diversity in Inclusive Education3
EDC5010Curricular Leadership for the Inclusive School3
EDC5014Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive School3
EDC5158Instructional Technology in an Inclusive Setting3
EDC6095Project Applied Thesis I3
EDC6099Project Applied Thesis II3
 Total Credit Hours Required for M.Ed.:36
Please Note:

Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy and updates to NJDOE certification regulations.