According to a 2012 study by the CDC, roughly 1 in 68 children have autism spectrum disorder—a 30% increase from the CDC's 2008 estimate. In the autism spectrum disorder licensure program, you'll learn to assess, analyze, and solve this growing problem. You'll graduate with teaching practices and instructional strategies to help you meet individual challenges of learning for students with autism and their families.
Rated #5 in the nation among special education graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2018
Graduates of the autism spectrum disorder licensure program:
Note: Although the ASD license also covers early childhood (birth-preschool), the majority of our graduates gain employment in kindergarten-age 21 settings. If you are primarily interested in teaching young students with ASD, we recommend pursuing either the early childhood special education (ECSE) license or dual license in ASD and ECSE.
All classes are offered in the evening to allow students to maintain full time employment while completing course requirements. Most courses are taught in person on the Minneapolis campus.
The autism spectrum disorder licensure and special education M.Ed. program require the completion of 55-61 credits. Your total number of required credits may vary based on previous educational experience or licensures.
Download a sample plan of an ASD course schedule.
Note: This plan is an example only. You'll work with your advisor to develop a couse schedule specific to your needs.
Visit the College of Education and Human Development's Finance and Funding page for information on tuition.