Program Overview

To Start, You Need:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution or the international equivalent. The most competitive candidates will have an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • GRE test scores (optional)

Finishing Will Take:

  • 36 credit hours
  • Completing a capstone project or comprehensive exams

You Can Begin Your Degree In:

  •         Summer (May) 2019

You Will Take Classes:

  • On campus
  • Full-time, or
    • One year (15 months, includes two summer terms)
  • Part-time
    • Two years (includes three summer terms)

Where This Degree Can Take You:

  • Into cutting edge work in the field of autism
  • Into emerging positions such as Autism Specialist or Autism Consultant in many types of organizations
  • Into leadership positions in autism-related fields
  • Into related graduate and professional programs (e.g., MS in Speech Language Pathology, PhD in Clinical Psychology, or doctoral programs in Education)

What You Will Learn:

  • A full range of evidence-based approaches to ASD intervention, including:
    • behavioralist and developmental models
    • focused and comprehensive interventions
    • school-based models
    • communication-based models
    • social skills and group therapy models
    • pharmacological therapies
    • complementary and alternative approaches
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of autism including:
    • psychology
    • statistics
    • research methods
    • speech language pathology
    • occupational therapy
    • education
    • social work
    • ethics
    • humanities (philosophy, theology, history and literature)
  • Educational policies, pedagogical theories, and pedagogical practices relevant to ASD
  • Federal and state laws relevant to ASD