Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/programs/search_all.php
This program is offered fully online.
Department: Language, Literacy, Ed.D., Exceptional Education, and Physical Education
Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/programs/search_all.php
The purpose of this online major is to prepare teachers to be highly qualified and provide access to the general curriculum in least restrictive school environments to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual Disabilities (InD).
The major benefits the University, local community and the state can be summarized in two ways. In a quantitative way, the major meets the need of preparing effective teachers to work with the growing number of students in general and special education who are identified as having ASD and/or InD labels. This is demonstrated through the critical shortage of data at a national and state level and also in the surveys of local school districts to USF. In a qualitative way, the major meets the need to prepare effective teachers to work with this group of students that represents a paradigmatic shift in where and how these students learn. Students with ASD and/or InD labels need meaningful access to general education curriculum and their typically developing peers and this major meets this need.
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Major Research Areas
Special Education, Positive Behavior, Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, Spectrum Disorders.
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- An earned baccalaureate degree in education or a related field that has a relationship with autism and/or intellectual disabilities from an accredited college of university or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a international institution.
- Scholastic evidence to successfully perform in the academic major.
- A letter of application that addresses why the candidate desires to pursue a master’s degree in ASD and InD.
- At least two (2) letters of recommendation from persons who have seen the candidate teach and/or work with children and youth who have labels of ASD and/or InD.