Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Slippery Rock University

Special Education, Master of Education (MEd) - Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders

This program will be a 36 credit M.Ed. On-line Program that emphasizes teaching children with Autism in school environments. The proposed program is the result of a regional and national need to prepare public school teachers and private school teachers with more background information on the Autism Spectrum Disorders including Rett Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, and PDD-NOS. Like the current supervision program offered out of the Special Education Department, we believe we can attract at least 20 candidates on an annual basis to commit to this M.Ed. Program. The program will be offered to students that already have an Instructional I or II Certification in Special Education from Pennsylvania or another state. In-service teachers with certification in other areas can also take the courses in this program for Act 48 continuing education credit but are not eligible for the M.Ed. This M.Ed. Program is a specialized degree that will allow professionals to obtain very specific teaching positions working in Autism Support Classrooms that require teaching techniques such as ABA and TEACCH. A comprehensive understanding of special education is necessary for this type of position. The program will be entirely online with 20 field hours required in each class. All courses in the program meet or exceed standards and competencies established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Related Links

Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders, MEd Program Page

Special Education - Autism Fact Sheet

Curriculum Guide

Area I - Core Courses In Special Education
SPED 611Special Education Law3
SPED 617Current Research in Special Education3
SPED 625Instructional Strategies for Learning and Behavioral Problems3
Area II - Concentration/Additional Classes
SPED 607Positive Classroom Interventions3
SPED 618Developing Integrated Language and Literacy Programs for Students with Disabilities3
SPED 620Contemporary Issues in Special Education3
SPED 640Advanced Study of Autism Spectrum Disorders3
SPED 641Applied Behavior Analysis/Single Subject Experimental Design3
SPED 642Curriculum and Instruction for Autism Spectrum Disorders3
SPED 643Communication and Social Competency3
SPED 646Assessment and Evaluation3
Area III - Practicum
SPED 648Clinical Practicum in Special Education 13
Total Hours36

Students may choose to complete a thesis option (SPED 800) in place of Practicum SPED 648.

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Major Code: 9 88
Concentration Code: AUTS