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School of Education and Human Services
Human Development and Child Studies
Darlene A.G. Groomes, PhD, LPC, CRC
Special Education Program Coordinator and Associate Professor
405E Pawley Hall

MEd in Special Education with Concentration in ASD


Master of Education in Special Education
with Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorder


The M.Ed. in Special Education with Concentration in ASD (ASD teaching endorsement) focuses on the broader concepts of exceptionality - learning, instruction and development - with regard to special populations, and in-depth preparation in the area of autism spectrum disorders. Exploration of theory and research as well as advanced application in instruction and assessment with selected populations are integrated throughout the degree.

Candidates are required to have (or be eligible for) Michigan teacher certification at either the elementary or secondary level.

Candidates who wish to earn the ASD endorsement only (independent of the degree) may apply directly to the Graduate Certificate in ASD Education: Advanced or Graduate Certificate in ASD Education: Basic program options.

If you are not a teacher and not intending to pursue teacher certification but are interested in expanding your knowledge of and skills in working with individuals affected by ASD, please consider our Graduate Certificate in Autism for Multiple Disciplines.

Plan of Study -  Please see a sample Plan of Study showing the required courses in this 44 credit master's degree.

Practicum/Student Teaching*-  In partial fulfillment of the requirements to earn this credential, the Michigan Department of Education requires that candidates complete a minimum of 180-240 clock hours in a supervised practicum experience teaching students with autism spectrum disorders.  The practicum is offered as the final experience required for K-12 certification in ASD. The specific nature of the experience will be individually determined at the time of approval of the practicum request.  
*The practicum must be completed at a site approved by the faculty adviser.

View Practicum Information


Admissions Criteria
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Hold (or be eligible for) a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate (elementary or secondary certification)
  • Demonstrate potential for success in the program
Application Information

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following university and program application documents by the published application deadlines.

Download an application packet.  Read through the application packet carefully and submit all other required application paperwork to the designated areas.

Complete the online graduate application by clicking the APPLY NOW button.