UAH

Autism Spectrum Disorders Concentration

Description of the Program

A focus on how to plan, instruct, conduct assessments and collaborate to maximize learning opportunities for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Admission Requirements

  • Holds a minimum of a bachelor's degree;
  • Holds a teaching certificate in education (any content area);
  • Pass the GRE/MAT requirements, OR have 3 years of successful teaching, OR 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA, OR other master's degree.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses = 4 courses (12 hours)

ED 530

ApplieMulticulturalism

3 hours

Online

Through an examination of constructs such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation, studentwildevelop a theoretical understanding of the connections between identity, difference, power, and privilege and the role(sschool(could/should) play in perpetuating or ending discriminatory practices. Furthermore and importantly, students will develop an understanding of the wayresearch in botthe humanities and social sciences can be used tinterpret, analyze, and critiqumulticulturalism.

ED 535

Introduction to Applied Educational Research

3 hours

Online

Introduction to the naturof research and itrelationship to educational thought and practice.  Primarfocus wilbe on planning and executing research activities(i.e.action research, thesidevelopmentithe diverse classroom and analyzing the collected data timprove instruction, educational performance and adding tthe body of knowledge on educational practices.

ED 540

AdvanceCognitive Psychology

3 hours

Online

Designed to inform students abourecent developments in Cognitive Psychology and theiimplications for teaching and learning. Studentwilleave ED 565 with a variety of “cognitive understandings” for use in differentiated classrooms.

ED 565

Introduction to Differentiated Instruction

3 hours

Online

Provides an introduction tthe philosophy and practice of differentiation.  Examines the elements, content, process, product, affect and learning environment, by which instruction can be differentiated to address the complex challenges of meeting the diverse learning needs of all students.

 

Concentration Courses = 6 courses (18 hours)

ED 570

Differentiated Instruction for Special Populations

3 hours

Online

Provides practicastrategies tmaximize learning for all students, particularlthose witdisabilitiesgifted/talented, and English language learner(ELL).  Studentwillearto utilize differentiated instruction to benefit botgeneraand special educatiostudents simultaneouslyThiwilincludlearning to select,implement, and evaluatlesson accommodations and modifications for studentwitexceptional needs.

EDC 625

Assistive Technology for Educating Individuals with ASD

3 hours

Hybrid

Advanced teacher candidates will explore a widrangoassistive technolog(AT) applicationfor children witdisabilitiesAdvanced teacher candidates consider needbased on thtypodisabling conditionsuch as physical, cognitive, sensordisabilities,or multiple compleneeds, as demonstrated bchildren with pervasivdevelopmental disorders such as ASD. Emphasis will bplaced upon the integratiooAT into effectivinstructional practices that improvstudent learninand can be utilized as parof a differentiated instructionaprogram in thdiversgeneral education classroomParticular emphasiwill be placed ousing technology to enhance the communicatioskillof children with ASD.

EDC 636

Introduction to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

3 hours

Hybrid

The advanced teacher candidate wildevelop an understandinof thrangocharacteristics anbehaviors associated with ASD, theffects of early interventionobehaviors, anthe theories regardinthe etiologof thdisorder. A revieothe law anrightoparents as well as issueregardinservice and specialized programs are included.

EDC 645

Assessment and Behavioral Applications in ASD

3 hours

Hybrid

This coursfocuses oassessment and interventioplanninfor childrewith ASD. Candidates will enhance their knowledgovariousasessments appropriate to thASD population andeveloskills to administer and interpret assessmentsThe course will provide the advanced teacher candidate with aovervieof thApplied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) approach to assessing and teachingand how ABfits within a differentiated interventioprografor children with ASD.

EDC 655

Collaboration and Transition Planning

3 hours

Hybrid

Using case-based instructional strategies, this course is designed to assisthe advanced teacher candidate in learninto build supportivrelationshipwith families, paraprofessionalsanrelated service providers, includincommunitagencies, as a foundatiofodesignindifferentiated learninexperiencesThe teacher candidate will develop thknowledge anskills for communicating accurately and sensitivelyfor selecting and evaluatininterventioservices anfor helpinstakeholdermanagshort-term and long-term issues, includinpost-secondary transitions.

EDC 660

Practical Applications of Visual Instructional Strategies

3 hours

Hybrid

Advanced Candidates participate in a summer clinic for children with ASAD. Candidates learn how to create an appropriate learning environment, organize schedulefoindividual studentsdevelomaterialsengagin instructionrespond to behavioral issues, and documenstudenprogressClients for the clinic would bdrawfrom a pooof applicants frothe largpopulatioofamilies in MadisoCounty who havonomore children with ASD. Thpracticuwould consisof 3 dayopreparation and 2 weekof clinical experience.

 

Action Research Project = 1 course (3 hours)

ED 690

Master's Action Research Project

3 hours

Hybrid

After the completion of the courses, advanced candidates will complete a summative action research project. Working with an individual faculty member, the action research will be planned, completed, and presented for the department.

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