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Master of Arts in Special Education – Autism Online

Gain in-depth training on evidence-based practices for individuals on the autistic spectrum in this accelerated online graduate program developed to be flexible for working professionals.

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M.A. in Special Education – Autism Program Overview

UTPB’s accelerated online Master of Arts in Special Education – Autism program focuses on technology integration and practical applications, so you'll be up-to-date on the most effective methods for serving students and individuals of varying needs on the autism spectrum. Plus, as a student in this program, you may qualify for the TEACH Grant for up to $3,764 toward tuition.*

Our faculty is experienced working with students with autism and can help guide you through useful strategies for the classroom and beyond. This online special education program specializing in Autism will examine the importance of cultural diversity, theories of behavior, parental involvement and education, and research-based program models in special education. As a graduate, you will be prepared to pursue career opportunities as a teacher or to move into school or community leadership roles.

A teaching certificate is not needed to apply to the program—but if you are seeking the University Certificate in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, you will need a teaching certificate to apply. A GRE waiver is available for candidates with an undergrad GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Accreditation:

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

The College of Education at The University of Texas Permian Basin meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly known as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Total Tuition

As few as 12 months

Duration

36

Credit Hours

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Tuition

This graduate program features affordable tuition and flexible payment options. Financial aid is also available to those who qualify to help reduce the costs associated with pursuing your degree.

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Fees

Application Fee: $40
Graduation Fee: $50

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Trustees.

Financial Aid

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Explore financial aid options that can help you fund your online degree from UTPB.

Financial assistance is available to college students who qualify and are seeking a degree. Funds from a variety of sources assist students in achieving their responsibilities in paying for college. Costs associated with attending The University of Texas Permian Basin are comprised of tuition, fees, books and supplies. Federal, State, institutional and external sources can help pay some of the expenses related to the associated costs. No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination under any program sponsored by UTPB on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, religion, gender or disability.

To apply for financial aid:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Please include the UTPB Federal School Code: 009930.
  2. Complete the UTPB admission process for your accelerated online program.
  3. Monitor your email for further instructions from the UTPB Financial Aid Office.

Please contact your Financial Aid Counselor if you have any questions.

The University of Texas Permian Basin
4901 East University
Odessa, Texas 79762

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Tuition Breakdown:

$336

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Total Tuition

Calendar

Our M.A. in Special Education – Austim online program features 100% online courses and six start dates a year, so you can balance the demands of a graduate degree with work and family. View the calendar below to find the most convenient class start for you and apply by the application due date.

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Start Date App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
08/24/20 08/10/20 08/17/20 08/21/20 08/31/20
10/19/20 10/05/20 10/12/20 10/16/20 10/16/20
01/11/21 12/14/20 01/04/21 01/08/21 01/08/21
03/15/21 03/01/21 03/08/21 03/12/21 03/12/21
05/10/21 04/26/21 05/03/21 05/07/21 05/07/21
06/28/21 06/14/21 06/21/21 06/25/21 06/25/21
08/23/21 08/09/21 08/16/21 08/20/21 08/20/21
10/18/21 10/04/21 10/11/21 10/15/21 10/15/21
01/10/22 12/13/21 01/03/22 01/07/22 01/07/22
03/14/22 02/28/22 03/07/22 03/11/22 03/11/22
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Admissions

Please review the admission guidelines for the M.A. in Special Education – Autism online program below. UTPB takes a holistic approach in the admission of applicants to graduate programs as authorized by section 51.842 of the Texas Education Code. This section authorizes graduate programs to consider certain academic, socioeconomic, family, geographic and other factors relating to an applicant's background in making an admission decision for admission into the graduate program.

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Bachelor’s Degree

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Minimum 3.0 GPA

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  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Must have a 3.0 grade point average or better on a 4.0 grading system in the last 60 credit hours of your undergraduate record
  • Submit an essay that is relevant to the prompt and demonstrates capacity for graduate studies in this area. All essays must be uploaded through your myUTPB student portal. Essay question for this graduate program is:
    • What skills and personal characteristics do you possess that will make you successful in graduate school and effective in the special education field?
  • Students seeking the University Certificate in Autism and Developmental Disabilities must have one year teaching experience

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  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0-2.5 in the last 60 hours
  • Submit an essay that is relevant to the prompt and demonstrates capacity for graduate studies in this area. All essays must be uploaded through your myUTPB student portal. Essay question for this graduate program is:
    • What skills and personal characteristics do you possess that will make you successful in graduate school and effective in the special education field?
  • Students seeking the University Certificate in Autism and Developmental Disabilities must have one year teaching experience
  • Must meet at least one of the following:
    • Minimum GRE score of 282 (verbal and quantitative combined)
  • OR
    • Statement related to the circumstances surrounding your lower GPA and why you believe you are ready for graduate studies (at least one page in length) AND two professional letters of recommendation, both should be from school administrators who have supervised your work in the classroom. If you can only secure one from such a person, the second must be a professional letter from someone who can speak to your capacity to be a special education teacher.

Courses

To earn your M.A. in Special Education – Autism online, you must complete 12 courses for a total of 36 credit hours.

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Students must complete the following courses.

EDUC 6302: Cultural Diversity in Education and the Social Sciences

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course gives candidates the opportunity to develop cultural diversity competence in order to face challenges in education and the social sciences. Research and reflection are emphasized.

EDUC 6304: Educational Psychology

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Review of theories of behavior, learning and instruction, research on human ontological development, and consideration of applications of such theory and research to classroom practices, including issues related to their measurement and evaluation.

EDSP 6339: Foundations of Special Education

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide the historical and legal foundations of special education and the educational implications for the teacher and exceptional child.

EDSP 6341: Behavior Management and Social Skills

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will cover strategies for behavior management, functional behavioral assessment, positive behavioral supports and social skills training for exceptional learners.

EDSP 6343: Programs and Practices for Exceptional Learners

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This introductory course will examine the unique needs of students with cognitive and behavioral needs. Typical characteristics, identification, referral procedures and effective educational practices will be examined.

EDSP 6344: Methods for Teaching Exceptional Learners

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Learning strategies and methods for delivery of instruction for students with cognitive and/ or emotional problems will be examined. Emphasis will be on developing strategic environments, curriculum, and models for inclusive settings.

EDSP 6346: Foundation and Legal Aspects of Special Education

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Legislation and litigation that form the foundations and present basis for special education practices will be presented and investigated.

EDSP 6352: Technology and School Change

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is intended to help students develop a deep understanding of the impact of technology on education, particularly as it relates to students with disabilities. The purpose of the class is to understand not only what the impact has been, but what it can be, and consider how educators could use technology across all setting to positively impact the learning environment for students with and without disabilities.

EDSP 6348: Curriculum and Instruction for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to help educators develop strategies and techniques to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorders access the general education environment to the fullest extent possible.

EDSP 6349: Autism across the Lifespan

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is for students to evaluate physical and cognitive development of individuals with ASD from birth through adulthood in order to analyze and implement appropriate evidence based practices for each stage of life.

EDSP 6315: Parent Involvement in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is for students to investigate, appraise, and apply evidence based practices for early intervention of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and evaluate strategies for promoting parent education, parent training, and parent involvement in early childhood education.

EDSP 6392: Practicum: Diagnostician

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Supervised practice as a diagnostician in a school setting. Students are expected to meet regularly with their University supervisor to ensure continued growth throughout their practicum experience. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.

TEACH Grant

Qualified applicants in certain programs may qualify for the TEACH Grant of up to $3,764 for the 2019-20 award year*

*The maximum grant amount can vary by year. TEACH Grants are available to qualified applicants and require approved recipients to sign a service agreement for certain teaching service obligations for four academic years. If obligations are not met within eight years after graduation, the grant will turn into a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid with all accrued interest from the date of disbursement. For more information, please visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach or contact the University of Texas Permian Basin Financial Aid Office.

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