Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Special Education degree from Michigan State University offers four different ways to complete this program. The are Masters plus an endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Masters plus an endorsement in Learning Disabilities, Masters Only, and Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate. For the first three options, students will need an academic and personal statement, three recommendations, a resume and goal statement, and additional OSAS questions. The ABA certificate requirements include submitting a personal goal statement and internal application form. For those who are outside the special education program and looking to earn an ABA certificate, the school requires an internal application, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a goal statement, and a resume.

There are 11 courses involved in the Autism Spectrum Disorders endorsement track. Some of these classes include Autism Spectrum Disorder: Advanced Topics, Content Area Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities, Assessment of Students with Mild Disabilities, and a Special Education Practicum. These courses will show students how to work with individuals in pre-K through 12th grade who have ASDs. There are 12 courses within the Learning Disabilities track, plus a Practicum and a special education Internship. Students participating in these courses will see how to teach individuals in K-12 grade who have LD. The six courses for the ABA certificate are Applied Behavior Analysis I & II, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment and Intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Advanced Topics, Verbal Behavior in Education, and Single-case Experimental Research Design. Those in this program will be trained to design and execute programs to help those with autism and other disabilities.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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