Sep 19, 2020  
2020-21 NSU Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 NSU Graduate Catalog

Special Education-Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), M.Ed.

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OSRHE Program Code: 154
CIP Code: 131013

Major Code: 6880


The M.Ed. Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) program aligns with NSU’s focused mission of “empower[ing] individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery.”  In like manner, this program empowers teachers to sustain a culture of learning for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and all other disabilities.  One in every 59 school-aged children have been identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 2018).  The goal of this program is to prepare teachers to effectively educate students with ASD and other disabilities.  The program includes three components: professional education, special education, and enrichment courses.  These three components lead to a final culminating capstone experience.

Specialty Accreditation

NSU’s educator preparation programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP),, (1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023, 202-223-0077), and the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (840 Research Parkway, Suite 455, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, 405-522-5399),

Credential Requirements

Courses included in the Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Master of Education program do not represent all courses needed for a Special Education teaching certificate. Candidates seeking certification should contact NSU’s Teacher Certification office for individual advisement on courses needed based on previous college credits.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Graduate College

The minimum requirements for regular admission to the Graduate College are:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  • A grade point average of 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate coursework attempted; or a 2.75 based on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework attempted; or a minimum score on the appropriate graduate entrance exam.
  • All master’s degree candidates must take one of the following entrance exam tests MAT, GRE, or GMAT before the close of the first semester of enrollment in graduate studies. The degree program being pursued determines the test to be taken and the minimum score that is required.
  • Proof of citizenship for a U.S. citizen born outside of the United States and for a resident alien. An international applicant for whom English was the first language and is the spoken language in the home must sign a statement to that affect.
  • A score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL for all applicants, U.S. citizens or international applicants, for who English is a second language.


Admission to Degree Program

During the initial meeting with the academic advisor, the graduate student will review the prerequisites and conditions necessary for formal admissions to the intended degree program. When all of the prerequisite conditions have been met, the graduate student will be formally admitted to the program using the program’s prescribed process. The signed program admission form will then be sent to the Graduate College for final certification.

Admission to M. Ed. Special Education - ASD Program

The graduate student must successfully meet the following requirements:

  1. Admission to Graduate College
  2. Earn a 2.5 overall GPA, or 2.75 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework, or a scaled score above the 25th percentile on the GRE or MAT prior to the first enrollment.                                     

Total Credit Hours: 33

Accelerated B.S.Ed. Special Education-Mild/Moderate Disorders to M.Ed. Special Education-Autism Spectrum Disorders

Note:  Please refer to Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program  for complete information concerning Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Programs.  Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for bachelor’s degree requirements.


  • Students admitted to the Accelerated B.S.Ed. Special Education-Mild/Moderate Disorders to M.Ed. Special Education-Autism Spectrum Disorders degree program will complete 8 hours of graduate level credit to apply toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Students will complete SPED 4263 as part of the B.S.Ed. program with an additional assignment for graduate students.
  • Students who do not follow the approved degree plan may become ineligible to continue in the accelerated degree program.
  • Prior to completing the undergraduate degree, if the undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA and/or overall GPA fall below a 3.00, the student becomes ineligible to continue in the ADP.
  • Students may withdraw from an approved accelerated degree pathway.  Graduate credit hours completed prior to the student withdrawing or becoming ineligible to continue in the ADP apply toward the undergraduate degree only.

ADP Total Credit Hours: 33

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