Steffanie N. Bowles, PhD
Associate Professor and Special Education Program Director
Marygrove’s online Master’s in special education with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) program is designed to provide both a strong foundation in the knowledge, skills and dispositions considered foundational to all special education practitioners as well as those more specific to the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders. This special education Master’s degree is available completely online. Student teaching requirements may be satisfied in on-the-job placements or during the summer semester to meet the needs of candidates who work full time during the school year.
Students in this online special education Master’s degree program are prepared to utilize a variety of instructional approaches as well as demonstrate what they have learned in a number of ways. By experiencing a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies firsthand, candidates are prepared to model similar techniques in their own classrooms. Special education methods courses have strong practicum components involving candidates with students in K-12 classrooms throughout their educational program.
Minimum of 35 credit hours required; 12 credit hours of Core courses in Special Education, 15 credit hours in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and 8 credit hours of exit courses to include Student Teaching. The endorsement, granted by the State of Michigan, requires a passing score on the subject area test of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC).
Note: Pre-Requirement courses are only needed if you did not take them during your initial teacher certification
EDU 551 (3) Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
SED 552 (3) Assessment & Differentiation
EDU 553 (3) Designing & Creating Effective Learning Environments for Diverse Learners
SED 565 (3) Teaching Students With Disabilities
SED 570 (3) Students With Disabilities: School, Family, and Community Interaction
SED 573 (3) Assistive Technology in Special Education
SED 575 (3) IEP Development
SED 651 (3) Characteristics of Students with Autism
SED 655 (3) Pre-professional Practicum in Autism Spectrum Disorder
SED 661 (3) U sing Applied Behavior Analysis in the Classroom Setting
SED 664 (3) Language and Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorder
SED 601, 602, 603 (1 credit each) Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorder
EDU 602 (3) Introduction to Educational Research
SED 699 (5) Student Teaching in Autism Spectrum Disorders