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MsEd, Special Education With Specialization In Autism

Ignite your impact as a special educator in St. Thomas Aquinas College’s master’s program in special education with an Autism specialization. Our comprehensive program will prepare you to teach students with special needs in inclusive settings and to serve as a lead teacher in a self-contained classroom for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and multiple disabilities. Learn to collaborate meaningfully with parents and other educators, provide positive behavioral support, identify learning needs, and measure academic progress. 

Our faculty of nationally recognized scholars has decades of combined experience in the field of education and research, and includes faculty with specialized expertise in Autism. These supportive mentors will guide you through your academic journey to realize your potential as a skilled educator and Autism specialist capable of meeting the diverse needs of all students. You will not only deepen your knowledge and bring new understanding, skills, and methods to the classroom, but you will be empowered to make significant contributions to the field through specialization, and a range of leadership roles in special education.

At a glance

  • Graduate Program
  • 36 credits
  • Main campus

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Set on Your Success

St. Thomas Aquinas College was founded as a teacher’s college. We have a long legacy of preparing knowledgeable, caring educators who are passionate about learning, teaching, and making a difference in the world, one student at a time. Join our close-knit academic community of experts who will support you personally in advancing to the next level of your profession.

Earn Your Degree on Your Time

This 36-credit program can be completed in two years or at a pace that best suits your schedule. Designed with working professionals in mind, all classes are conveniently held in the late afternoon and evening. Complete your practicum in the summer on campus or during the school year in your classroom under the supervision of a certified special educator.

Program options

The MSED in Special Education equips today’s educators with advanced training to work with students with special needs, with an emphasis on Autism. Choose to focus on one of two student populations: Grades 1-6 or Grades 7-12.

In addition to the MSED in Special Education with an Autism Specialization, St. Thomas Aquinas College also offers master’s programs in Special Education and Literacy.