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online masters - Autism Spectrum Disorders

Master of Ed - Special Education with Certificate

(8-Week Courses | 100% Online)

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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) affect an estimated 1 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. The 100% online masters program from BGSU addresses this need by equipping teachers, parents and related professionals with knowledge of advanced educational methods for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Step 1: Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

Start Application

  1. Go to: http://choose.bgsu.edu/graduate/?major=Z616
  2. Click APPLY NOW
  3. Enter a username and password

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

Step 2: Submit Transcripts & Standardized Test Scores

Have two official transcripts from every college or university you have attended and GRE, PRaxis II, or OAE test scores sent directly to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
United States of America

Accepted Standardized Tests:

Test scores can not be more than ten years old 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.

Step 3: Submit a Letter of Intent and Program Information Sheet

Prepare a 2-3 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, and (d) your personal qualities that relate to success as a graduate student.

Also download and complete the Program Information Sheet (.doc).

Send the letter and Program Information Sheet to the School of Intervention Services (SIS) Cohort Coordinator via email at siscohorts@bgsu.edu.

Step 4: Forward Three (3) Reference Forms/Letters

The SIS Reference Form (.doc) 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 3 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:

Email: siscohorts@bgsu.edu

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

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Our graduates continue on to fulfilling careers as advocates for individuals with ASD in educational settings, hospitals, social services, nonprofits, and research organizations.


Quick Facts  

Courses, Cost, Time

Advance your Career

  • Educators
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Medical Personnel
  • Speech and Language Pathologists

"Autism Spectrum Disorders is the fastest-growing developmental disability, and demand for trained professionals is high"

Autism Spectrum Disorders - Master of Education, Special Education

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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 completers 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.


Required Program Courses

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

  • Nature and Characteristics of Students with ASD
  • Assessment, Methods & 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

Step 1: Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

START APPLICATION

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

Step 2: Submit Transcripts & Standardized Test Scores

Have two official transcripts from every college or university you have attended and GRE, PRaxis II, or OAE test scores sent directly to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
United States of America

Accepted Standardized Tests:

Test scores can not be more than ten years old 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.

Step 3: Submit a Letter of Intent and Program Information Sheet

Prepare a 2-3 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, and (d) your personal qualities that relate to success as a graduate student.

Also download and complete the Program Information Sheet (.doc).

Send the letter and Program Information Sheet to the School of Intervention Services (SIS) Cohort Coordinator via email at siscohorts@bgsu.edu.

 

Step 4: Forward Three (3) Reference Forms/Letters

The SIS Reference Form (.doc) 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 3 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:

Email: siscohorts@bgsu.edu

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