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.
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.
Courses required for Autism Endorsement Only:
|EDC5301||Nature & Needs of Individuals with Autism & PDD||3|
|EDC5302||Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism & Developmental Disabilities||3|
|EDC5303||Communication & Social Skills Intervention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders||3|
|EDC5304||Assessment & Curricular Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders||3|
|EDC5305||Interventions & Supports for Level 1 Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder||3|
|Total Credit Hours Required for Autism Endorsement Only:||15|
Courses Required to continue on for Master of Education:
|EDC5001||Philosophical & Psychological Foundations of Inclusive Education||3|
|EDC5002||Diversity in Inclusive Education||3|
|EDC5010||Curricular Leadership for the Inclusive School||3|
|EDC5014||Methods of Research for Leaders in Inclusive School||3|
|EDC5158||Instructional Technology in an Inclusive Setting||3|
|EDC6095||Project Applied Thesis I||3|
|EDC6099||Project Applied Thesis II||3|
|Total Credit Hours Required for M.Ed.:||36|
Program and course requirements are subject to change to comply with university policy and updates to NJDOE certification regulations.