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Master of EducationSpecial Education with Autism Spectrum Disorder Licensure

The Master of Arts in Special Education with an Autism Spectrum Disorder emphasis is for individuals who hold a valid Minnesota teaching licensee and who wish to expand their teaching skills and knowledge of the characteristics and interventions used with students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Special Education with Autism Spectrum Disorder Licensure Curriculum Overview

The Master of Arts in Special Education is designed to prepare highly effective professional, decision-making, and reflective educators who are proficient in foundational knowledge; referral, evaluation, planning, and programming; instructional design, teaching, and ongoing evaluation; collaboration and communication, standards of effective practice; and core special education skills including instructional strategies, social/emotional health, social competence, cultural competence, classroom management and academic competence.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
SPED - 580 Ethical Issues for Prof Educ 3
SPED - 581 Instruct Strg: Mid/Mod Disabil 3
ED - 521 Educ Research & Applications 3
SPED - 583 Collab in Inclusive Settings 3
SPED - 582 Tchg Stdts w/Linguistic Diff 3
SPED - 573 Fund: Autism Spectrum Disorder 3
SPED - 574 Comm & Social Skills Training 3
SPED - 596 Behavior Management 3
SPED - 575 Intervntn: Autism Spect Disord 3
SPED - 586 Learners & Disab: Educ Assess 3
SPED - 593 Appl Exp Autism Spec Disorder 3
ED - 590 Research & Complete Capstone 3

A study of ethics and moral philosophy with application to the field of special education. Current educational issues will be examined in the context of the lives and careers of the PK-12 special educator.

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An examination of the knowledge and skills needed to learn about and apply instructional strategies in preK-12 classroom settings.

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Mastering the systematic and rigorous process of posing a focused question, developing a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, collecting and analyzing relevant data and drawing conclusions.

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A Study and applied practice in collaboration teaching between general educators and special educators and paraprofessionals in both settings.

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A study of the issues and approaches to educating a culturally and linguistically diverse population and those with reading difficulties.

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An introduction to the dynamics of autism spectrum disorders, their effect on studentsÕ education, legal responsibilities of schools, and collaboration among schools and other agencies who serve these youth.

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A study of strategies and interventions for promoting the development of communication skills and social skills.

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An examination of positive behavior teaching and support for promoting acceptable behavior in school and grounded in research based interventions.

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Development of functional skills instruction including applied behavior analysis, sensory integration, and functional and ecological assessment procedures for the instruction of learners with autism spectrum disorder.

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Development of competencies in the use and interpretation of instruments to measure educational achievement, learning discrepancies, and inferential thinking and conceptual development.

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Supervised practice in teaching learners with special needs. Specialized methods and ongoing diagnosis are used within a clinical setting.

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A review and critical analysis of current educational research focused on a specific question. Students complete the capstone project.

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Required Course

The following course will be required if you have not previously taken courses for Reading Foundations and Assessment.

SPED 562 Literacy Strategies for Grades K-6: SPED 6 credits


  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system. More information can be found on the How to Request Official Transcripts site.
    • Please have all official transcripts sent to: Concordia University – Saint Paul Office of Graduate Admission ATTN: Kristine Erickson 1282 Concordia Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Career Potential

Students can choose to earn a Master of Arts in Special Education with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Licensure (36 Credit Hours). Students who are not looking to earn a Master’s degree can obtain an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) licensure without a Master’s degree (30 Credit Hours).