MA In Autism Spectrum Disorders

Grand Canyon University

Program Description

MA In Autism Spectrum Disorders

Grand Canyon University

Advanced Program For Continuing Professional Education

Offered By: College of Education

Overview

Focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

With the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders continuing to rise, it is imperative to adopt a deepened knowledge of neurological development and applied behavior analysis. The Master of Arts in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), offered by Grand Canyon University's College of Education, provides an intense analysis of brain-based learning and skill improvement. Through a combination of application, theory and research, licensed special educators prepare to meet the demands of teaching and master techniques that improve ASD student outcomes.

In this master's degree in autism program, an emphasis is placed on life skills that help students with ASD transition to independent living. Review methods to enhance and assess social, cognitive and behavioral skills using proven and innovative approaches. Throughout your master's degree in autism spectrum disorders program, you apply your learning during field and internship experiences and focus on curriculum and plan development, applied techniques and student progression. In a culminating capstone course, demonstrate your overall competency by creating a portfolio presenting the framework for enacting the role of an ASD specialist.

Degree Outcomes

Learn Interventions and Learning Strategies for ASD Students

In the autism spectrum disorder specialist degree program, you increase your understanding of the disorder and appropriate accommodations through theory and applied research. Study educational research, policy and ethics, leadership and collaboration, assistive technology, communication and life skills development to enrich your teaching practices in ASD-specific learning environments.

What You Will Learn

Study Our Autism Spectrum Disorders Curriculum

In this masters degree in autism program, ASD specialist candidates study topics such as:

  • Legal policy and ethical practices associated with students with ASD.
  • Assessing individual needs, tools for intervention and evaluation strategies.
  • Instructional planning, adaptive practice, and assessment analysis.
  • Functional communication training and practices to promote effective communication.
  • Mentorship and leading in the community and ASD classroom.

Career Outcomes

Explore Career Options with an Autism Specialization

Common jobs following the completion of the master's degree in autism spectrum disorders program include ASD specialist, behavior analyst, child advocate, special education teacher and behavioral interventionist. Potential places of work include nontraditional school settings, social service agencies, research agencies, nonprofit organizations and private, public or charter K-12 schools.

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs.

Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way.

Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.

Program Locations

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs.

Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions.

Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.

Evening

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom.

Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

http://www.gcu.edu/degreeprograms/ppc

http://www.gcu.edu/academics/academic-policies.php

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated December 8, 2017
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