Human Development and Child Studies

Pawley Hall
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-3077
Fax: (248) 370-4242

M.Ed. in Special Education with ASD Concentration Banner
For more information, contact:

Faculty Coordinator: 
Janet Graetz, Ph.D
425D Pawley Hall
(248) 370-2620

M.Ed. in Special Education with ASD concentration


Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

This Master of Education degree focuses on the broader concepts of exceptionality (learning, instruction and development) and in-depth preparation in the area of autism.
This degree is an 24- to 36-month program designed for individuals who currently have or are eligible to receive a teaching certificate in Michigan, and who wish to receive state certification to teach individuals on the autism spectrum. The program is offered online.  A practicum is required.

In partial fulfillment of the requirements to earn this credential, the Michigan Department of Education requires that candidates complete a minimum of 180 clock hours in an approved, supervised field experience, teaching students on the autism spectrum.  The field experience 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 field experience request. 
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Minimum 3.0 (or higher) GPA
  • Hold (or be eligible for) a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate (elementary or secondary certification)
  • Demonstrate potential for success in the program

This is an online program. All coursework, with the exception of the ASD Practicum, is completed online.

Find out if an online program is right for you.