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Program Details

Oakland University offers an online Master of Science in Special Education with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Certificate which focuses on the broader concepts of exceptionality in learning, instruction, and development with an in-depth preparation in autism.  As part of earning this degree the student must complete a minimum of 180 hours in a supervised practicum experience teaching students with autism disorders.  The practicum is individually determined at the time of approval and is the final experience required for K-12 certification.

Oakland University’s online programs combine traditional education with new, innovative technologies that allow for students to complete all or most of their degree through computer coursework.  Online courses share many of the common features of traditional classes such as a teacher, peers, a syllabus, reading material, course activities, and evaluations.  The difference is that most participation occurs online rather than having face-to-face discussions in a classroom. For instance, students would discuss material on a threaded discussion board, or as part of a chat room.  Not all programs are completely online, so applicants should choose their degree programs appropriately.  Some students may appreciate a flexible blend of online and on-campus courses.  Online courses are usually synchronous in format (meaning that course work follows the same schedule as on-campus class equivalents and assignments are due on the same dates).

The MS in Special Education with ASD is a 44 credit hour program.  Core requirements include: Standards, Research and Practice in Special Education; Legal Issues in Special Education; Assessment in Special Education; Quality of Life; Community Engagement and Service; and six hours of electives.  The ASD concentration courses are: Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder; Educational Procedures for Students with ASD; Communication and Language Issues in ASD; Behavioral and Social Issues in Students with ASD; and Collaboration and Consultation Skills- ASD.


Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree; a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher; hold (or be eligible for) a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate (elementary or secondary certification); and demonstrate potential for success in the program.

Accreditation & Licensing

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