MSU offers new option under master's degree in special education
Beginning this fall, the Minot State University Department of Special Education and the Graduate School are offering a developmental disabilities/autism-spectrum disorders emphasis under the Master of Science degree in special education. Designed in an online format, the special education department tailored this DD/ASD masterís degree emphasis for teachers, human resource professionals, allied health professionals and parents.
"MSUís new developmental disabilities/autism-spectrum disorders online option will help overcome the training limitations for professionals who live in rural areas and want to advance their scholarly understanding of DD/ASD," said Jennifer Hefter, instructor of special education. "The program also meets the needs of parents of children with developmental disabilities and autism-spectrum disorders."
The DD/ASD emphasis includes coursework in assessment, behavior management, program development and implementation, provisions of physical care and sensory issues, rehabilitative techniques, assistive technology, collaborative techniques, social training and use of various team-planning models. After demonstrating mastery of core competencies, students will participate in public schools or community-based agencies to fulfill a practicum component.
In addition to the online format, students have the opportunity to participate in two on-campus summer residencies. These two-day summer residencies will focus on assistive technology and assessment.
Program participants can complete the program in two years, depending on their individual program of study. The coursework complies with standards from the Council of Exceptional Children and incorporates evidence-based practices derived from the National Standards Report.
For questions, contact Hefter at 858-4248 or email@example.com