Master of Education

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Average Time to Complete 21 months

About the Program

MBU | Master’s | OnlineThis online MEd includes a Comprehensive Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders as part of the graduate degree. It provides students with a broad understanding of educational leadership, research design, instructional technology, as well as in depth exploration of educational, community, and home-based interventions for school-aged individuals with autism spectrum disorders. The degree is appropriate for teachers, instructional assistants, and others who work in a variety of settings with those who have autism or other related developmental disabilities. A 70-hour school-based field experience is required. Opportunities for student-selected electives are included in the degree program.

Career Paths

  • Continuing to teach, but on a higher salary scale and with additional expertise
  • Working as a highly-skilled para-educator in a special needs setting
  • Working for an agency providing behavioral/school support for clients with autism

Courses & Requirements

33 credit hours

Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree in any discipline, solid GPA and references.

The curriculum includes broad courses in education leadership and instructional practice in addition to the autism-specific curriculum.  Additionally, students will select six credits of electives from other graduate education offerings of their choice based on personal interest. Upon completion, students receive a Comprehensive Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders, endorsed by the Virginia Autism Council, in addition to their MEd degree.

Cost & Financial Aid

Graduate: $495 per semester hour

Student Support

We know the path to higher education can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help.

As a student of the Roanoke Higher Education Center, you will have access to:

  • Library collections and services
  • Computer lab with printer/copier
  • Student lounge with high-speed wireless Internet
  • Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Free parking with a student parking pass

Support resources for Mary Baldwin University students:

Grafton Library

Vantage Point

Academic Resource Center

How to Apply

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