Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) teaching licensure and M.Ed.

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
teaching licensure and M.Ed.

Specialize in meeting the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder

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:

  • Teach in classrooms or resource rooms
  • Provide consulting to general classroom teachers
  • Work with students and their families directly as itinerant teachers
  • Serve students from birth through 21 years old from a variety of cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds across the full range of severity.

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.

Sample plan/schedule

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.

Core courses (17 credits)

  • EPSY 5613 – Foundations of Special Education (3cr)
  • EPSY 5605 – Collaborative Practices for the Special Educator (3cr)
  • EPSY 5614 – Assessment and Due Process in Special Education (3cr)
  • EPSY 5616 – Classroom Management and Behavior Analytic Problem Solving (3cr)
  • EPSY 5618 – Specialized Interventions for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities in Reading and Written Expression (3cr)
  • EPSY 5631 – Module 1: Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (1cr)
  • EPSY 5705 – Practicum in ECSE / Elementary Settings (1cr)

Required ASD licensure courses (24 credits)

  • EPsy 5604 – Transitions from School to Work and Community Living for Persons with Special Needs (3cr)
  • EPsy 5611W – Research-Based Practices in Academic and Behavior Disabilities (3cr)
  • EPsy 5632 - Module 2: Evidence-Based Methods for Augmentative and Alternative Communication Assessment and Intervention (2cr)
  • EPsy 5661 – Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (3cr)
  • EPsy 5663 – Assessment and Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3cr)
  • EPsy 5681 – Education of Preschool Children with Disabilities: Methods and Materials (3cr)
  • EPsy 5704 – Practicum in Middle / Secondary Settings (1cr)
  • EPsy 5742 – Student Teaching: Autism Spectrum Disorders (6cr)

Required courses for M.Ed. (2 credits)

  • EPSY 5690 – Experimental Teaching Seminar: M.Ed. Culminating Project (2cr)

How to apply


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Veronica FleuryAutism spectrum disorder licensure and M.Ed. coordinator | Lab

  • Examine how core characteristics of ASD inhibit or promote students’ ability to participate in classroom activities
  • Identify and develop instructional strategies to address early academic and social-communication difficulties for young children with ASD
  • Support parents and educators use of evidence-based practices with high fidelity in home and school settings
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Jason | Lab

  • Early brain and behavioral development in children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Restricted and repetitive behaviors associated with autism and other developmental disabilities
  • Identifying neurodevelopmental moderators of response to early intervention
  • Integrating neuroscience with special education research


Program contact

Alicia Vegell, program staff special education


University contacts

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