Autism Spectrum Disorders (B-21)

‌Educators specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) work towards discovering the ways that ASD challenges a student in communication, socialization and behaviors, and affect a student’s thinking and perceiving, sensory processing, and motor, vocational, academic and organizational skills. 

Join us soon for an online information session to learn more about all the ways you can pursue a Special Education licensure or degree!

What you can earn

  • Certificate
  • License (Birth-21)
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)

When to start

Courses offered year-round.

Coursework

 Certificate, License & MA
Credits

Certificate: 13-15

License: New Teachers: 39-43  |  Current Teachers: 26-30

MA:        New Teachers: 43-47  |  Current Teachers: 30-34

Required
Courses

For the Certificate:

SPED 750   Survey of Exceptionality
SPED 785   Behavior Management
SPED 716   Fundamentals for Students with Mild to Mod. Needs
SPED 702   Social/Communication Skills: Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 703   Methods/Materials: Autism Spectrum Disorders

For the License:

SPED 750   Survey of Exceptionality
SPED 785   Behavior Management
SPED 714   Collaboration Skills for School Professionals
SPED 716   Fundamentals for Students with Mild to Mod. Needs
SPED 645   Educational Assessment
SPED 717   Elementary Academic Interventions
SPED 777   Effective Literacy Instruction for Students with DD
SPED 702   Social/Communication Skills: Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 703   Methods/Materials: Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 704   Clinical Practice: Autism Spectrum Disorders

For the MA (add the following):

CIED 500   Principles of Educational Research
SPED 799   Special Education Final Project

New Teachers: Add Standards of Effective Practice Coursework

Full course catalog with descriptions

Schedule 

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How to Apply

 

  1. Candidates for this degree have:
    • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale).  If below 3.0, please reference our special admissions policy.
  2. Submit the following application materials:
    • Application form
    • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas).
      • Submit transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • Personal statement.
  3. Submit the supplementary materials:
    • Initial Licensure: MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
    • International Applicants:
      1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
      2. Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Special Opportunities

Mentorship

Dedicated mentors from the Somali community will work with you to ensure that your educational and emotional needs are being met throughout the program. They will help facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally, and usher you though the program to a sucessful outcome.