Special Education (MA; Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate; Autism Spectrum Disorders Minor)

Master of Arts in Special Education
Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Graduate Minor in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Department of Reading Education and Special Education
Reich College of Education

rese.appstate.edu

Woodrow Trathen, Acting Chair and Professor
trathenwr@appstate.edu

Christopher Van Loan, Graduate Degree Program Director and Assistant Professor
vanloancl@appstate.edu

Elin Hoffman, Graduate Certificate Program Director and Assistant Professor
hoffmanem@appstate.edu

 The Department of Reading Education and Special Education offers the following graduate programs related to special education:

  • Master of Arts in Special Education (Major Code: 476*/13.1001), with three concentrations:
    • Learning Disabilities (476B)[T]
    • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (476C)[T]
    • Intellectual Disabilities (Mental Retardation) (476D) [T]
  • Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Code: 445A/13.1013)
  • Graduate Minor in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Code: 445/13.1013)
  • Master of Arts in Special Education / Teaching Parent Specialty (Major Code: 484A/13.1001) -- not accepting applications

The Master of Arts degree in Special Education prepares teachers and others to work with students with Intellectual Disabilities (Mental Retardation), Learning Disabilities, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Persons graduating from the program will have fulfilled the competencies required for the advanced competencies licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (as long as the hold an A-level license that the M-level license can be added onto) and be eligible for employment in a variety of special education settings to include public and private schools with the necessary license as well as community settings. Students will be expected to complete products of learning to demonstrate skills of a master teacher. Students complete a portfolio and action research project for the degree.

The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders is an interdisciplinary certificate program designed for professionals working in the field of autism spectrum disorders including teachers, related service providers, human service agency personnel, families, and community supports. Students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs may elect to complete the graduate minor in Austism Spectrum Disorders.

Location of Instruction: The Special Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders programs are offered on campus in Boone in the format described in this Bulletin. Off-campus cohorts are started periodically, and follow a part-time extended program format. For information on upcoming off-campus cohorts, please contact the Office of Distance Education: distance.appstate.edu.

PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE MINOR IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Minor in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Code: 445) 
Required Courses
  • SPE 5030: Research Informing Practice in Special Education (3)
  • Choose two of the following courses
    • RE 5010: Literacy Instruction and Assessment for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
    • SPE 5120: Effective Educational Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
    • SPE 5140: Social Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
    • SPE 5584: Special Education Law and Leadership (3)
    • CSD 5530-5549: Selected Topics when the topic is related to Autism (3)
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PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School. Note: This certificate does not lead to NC licensure.

 Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Code: 445A)
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 12
 
Required Courses
  • SPE 5030: Research Informing Practice in Special Education (3)
  • SPE 5130: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Contemporary Issues (3)
  • Choose two of the following courses
    • RE 5010: Literacy Instruction and Assessment for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
    • SPE 5120: Effective Educational Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
    • SPE 5140: Social Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
    • CSD 5530-5549: Selected Topics when the topic is related to Autism (3)
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PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

+Advanced Licensure: Requirements for this concentration were designed, and have been approved by the appropriate bodies at the state level, to meet the advanced competencies as mandated in the North Carolina Excellent Schools Act for Master-level (M-level) teacher education programs ONLY for students with A-level license from North Carolina or equivalent. Graduates seeking M-level license must have Alevel license at the time of application for M-level license.

Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE or MAT exam scores.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Location: On Campus and Off Campus; Off-Campus cohorts begin periodically, and follow a part-time extended format.

 Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Special Education
Semester Hours Required (minimum): 36
 
Required Courses
  • SPE 5030: Research Informing Practice in Special Education (3)
  • SPE 5525: Product of Learning (3)
  • SPE 5584: Special Education Law and Leadership (3)
  • SPE 5610: Advanced Studies in Classroom Management (3)
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Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Emotional/Behavioral Disorders Concentration (Code: 476B)

  • SPE 5210: Psychoeducational Approaches to Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (3)
  • SPE 5646: Advanced Studies in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (3)

OR
Intellectual Disabilities (Mental Retardation) Concentration (Code: 476C)

  • SPE 5230: Assessment and Instruction of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (3)
  • SPE 5626: Advanced Studies in Intellectual Disabilities (3)

OR
Learning Disabilities Concentration (Code: 476D)

  • SPE 5220: Characteristics, Assessment, and Identification of Individuals with Learning Disabilities (3)
  • SPE 5636: Advanced Studies in Learning Disabilities (3)
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Electives

18 s.h. of elective coursework. Recommended Courses:

  • CI/SPE 5045: Advanced Topics in Diversity (3)
  • RE 5010: Literacy Instruction and Assessment for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • SPE 5120: Effective Educational Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • SPE 5130: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Contemporary Issues (3)
  • SPE 5140: Social Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • SPE 5205: Inclusion (3)
  • SPE 5595: Individual Differences (3)
  • SPE 5630: Collaboration and Advocacy (3)
  • SPE 5640: Educational and Career Planning (3)

Up to 9 elective hours may be chosen in consultation with the advisor from related areas such as Reading, Curriculum and Instruction, Psychology, Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Child Development.

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Other Requirements for the MA in Special Education:

  • Thesis: Not required
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Not required
  • Comprehensive: Not required
  • Product of Learning: Professional Portfolio

MASTER OF ARTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION/ TEACHING PARENT SPECIALTY

Note: This major is in the process of revision and is no longer accepting students. Current students: See the 2008-09 Bulletin for admission and program of study information.

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