Special Education with ASD Focus, M.A.

Develop Expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Master of Arts in Special Education with Autism Spectrum Disorder Focus program focuses on special education theory and evidence-based practices. Special emphasis is placed on the assessment and intervention of core and related deficits of students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Candidates will gain knowledge and skills related to the diagnosis, program planning, instruction, and interventions for students with ASD. Candidates will develop key assessments and develop clinical decision-making skills appropriate for use in the education of students with ASD. Candidates will develop skills in becoming effective communicators and collaborators with parents, families, community providers, and support systems in addition to gaining in-depth knowledge in this area of study.

This program is offered off-campus.

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Program Outcomes

  • Learn best practices in curriculum and instruction in special education
  • Develop equitable teaching practices that support the learning of all students
  • Complete and collaborate in a field-based program that connects theory and practice


The Special Education M.A. program with an ASD Focus is designed with the working professional in mind. Courses are offered around the state of Connecticut in off-campus locations, typically begin at or after 4 p.m.

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    Andrea “Penny” Spencer, Ph.D. 
    Director of Off-Campus Programs 
    Phone: 860-231-5336 
    Email: [email protected]