Master of Education in Special Education

Autism Spectrum Disorders Online

Earn your master's degree online with eight-week courses to further your career. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) impacts an estimated one in 68 individuals. There is a growing demand for highly trained professionals with the knowledge and skills to meet the educational and psychosocial needs of individuals with ASD. Learn more about starting this program today.

Our graduates further their career as advocates for individuals with ASD in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, nonprofits and research organizations.


Autism Spectrum Disorders Online Masters Program

Advance Your Career

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Program Benefits

Advance your career
Enhance your credentials
Advance your professional knowledge
Strengthen your management and leadership skills
Sharpen your critical thinking and communication skills


11 online courses (34 credit hours)
Tuition estimate - $15K
Finish in 18 months
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Program Requirements

The ASD curriculum was developed in partnership with Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)—a leading source of autism training and resources for families and professionals. Courses cover characteristics; assessment; instructional methods and materials; social, sensory, and communication issues; and behavior support.  

In addition, students complete multiple field experiences with individuals with ASD across the lifespan. Program completion earn a M.Ed. in Special Education with a Specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders and are prepared to assume leadership roles in school and community settings.

All courses are offered 100% online.

Course Requirements

The following graduate-level courses must be completed in autism spectrum disorders for this degree:

  • Nature and Characteristics of Students with ASD
  • Assessment, Methods and Materials for Students with ASD
  • Social, Sensory & Communication Issues for Students with ASD
  • Behavior and Classroom Management

Autism Spectrum Disorders Practicum
Students must complete the following four master’s degree courses:

  • Seminar: Issues and Practices in Special Education
  • Statistics in Education OR Qualitative Approaches to Classroom Inquiry
  • Research in Education
  • Master’s Project OR Comprehensive Exam OR Master’s Thesis

Students must also complete three additional special education courses:

  • Nature & Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Transition from School to Adult Life
  • Collaborative Consultation in the Schools

Steps to Apply


Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

Apply Online - Spring 2017

Apply Online - Summer/Fall 2017

Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. There is a non-refundable application fee.


Submit Transcripts & Standardized Test Scores

Submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate College. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted.

Official transcripts and test scores are to be sent to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Accepted Standardized Tests:

  • GRE General Test
  • Praxis II Principles of Learning,
  • Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Assessment of Professional (Pedagogical) Knowledge

Test scores must be within the past ten years  and non-original scores must be notarized. TOEFL scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English. For information on the GRE/Praxis/TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.  


Submit a letter of intent and program information sheet

Prepare a two to three page, double-spaced letter that addresses the following points:
(a) your motivation for pursuing graduate study in your chosen field
(b) what you hope to gain through graduate study
(c) your career aspirations following completion of the program
(d) your personal qualities that relate to success as a graduate student


Forward three reference forms/letters

The  SIS Reference Form assesses an applicant’s potential for success as both a graduate student and an autism professional. At least one reference form must be from a faculty member and at least one reference form must be from an administrator or supervisor who is familiar with your professional performance. Letters of recommendation may be sent in place of, or in addition to, the SIS Reference Form. Your application is not complete without three references so follow up with your references to be certain these are submitted in a timely manner.

Reference forms/letters should be emailed, faxed, or mailed to SIS Cohort Admissions:

Fax: (419) 372-8265 [ATTN: SIS Cohort Admissions]
School of Intervention Services
ATTN: Cohort Admissions
451 Education Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

You will be enrolled in and receive your graduate degree from the College of Education & Human Development