Master of Education in Special Education

Autism Spectrum Disorders Online

Earn your master's degree online with seven-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. A certificate in ASD is embedded into the masters program or available as a stand-alone certificate.

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

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  • 12 online courses (34 credit hours)
  • Tuition estimate - $15K
  • Finish in 18 months
  • Tuition calculator (select eCampus)

Program Benefits

  • Six start dates throughout the year
  • Advance your career
  • Enhance your credentials
  • Advance your professional knowledge
  • Strengthen management and leadership skills
  • Sharpen critical thinking & communication skills


  • This program does not lead to an initial teacher license. 

Program Requirements

The Masters in Education program with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) includes five core courses emphasizing evidence-based practices for working with individuals with ASD across settings. The program can be completed in as few as four semesters. Working professionals typically complete the program in two years, including summers.

Completion of the program earns an M.Ed. in Special Education with a Specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders and individuals are prepared to assume leadership roles in school and community settings.

All courses are offered 100% online.


This program does not lead to an initial teacher license. 

Course Requirements

Five Autism Spectrum Disorders courses:

  •  EDIS 6440: Nature and Characteristics of Students with ASD
  • EDIS 6460: Social, Sensory & Communication Issues for Students with ASD
  • EDIS 6480: Assessment, Methods and Materials for Students with ASD
  •  EDIS 6700: Classroom & Behavior Management for Students with ASD
  •  EDIS 6750: Evidence Based Practices and Strategies for Students with ASD

Four graduate degree courses:

  • EDIS 6490: Seminar: Issues and Practices in Special Education
  • EDFI 6410: Statistics in Education OR  EDFI 6450 Using K-12 Assessment Data to Improve Practice 
  • EDFI 6420: Research in Education
  • Master’s Project OR Comprehensive Exam OR Master’s Thesis

Three elective special education courses:
(or other eCampus graduate courses with program coordinator approval)

Application Requirements


Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

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Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.


Submit Official Transcripts and Standardized Test Scores  

TRANSCRIPTS: As part of the online application process  you will upload scanned copies of transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be submitted to the Graduate College.

Request official transcripts and test scores be sent to:

Graduate College
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

TEST SCORES: One of the following test scores is to be submitted as part of the online application process. Non-original scores must be notarized. Any of following tests are accepted: Praxis Scores, OAE scores (Ohio Assessment for Educators), or GRE scores (within last 5 years). NOTE: If a person already possesses a master's degree then no test scores are required.

Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT, 53 PTEA, or 7.0 IELTS score. For information on the GRE/Praxis/TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.


Statement of Purpose

As part of the online application process you will upload a a Statement of Purpose which is required to address the following areas: 

  • Your motivation to pursue graduate study in your chosen field (specifically address autism).
  • Your professional goals and why you feel our program can support you in meeting these goals. 
  • Your personal attributes, background, and/or experiences that have prepared you for success as a graduate student. 

The statement should also indicate your understanding that the program does not lead to initial teacher licensure.

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

Updated: 05/05/2021 04:46PM