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The Graduate School Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5667 or (800) 852-4951, ext. 5667
Fax (734) 432-5862
Email: grad@madonna.edu

MA Autism Spectrum Disorders
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MA Autism Spectrum Disorders    
   Autism Spectrum Required    
      EDU 5060   Research & Educational Practice 3 s.h.  A focus on the knowledge and skills needed by educators to understand, evaluate, and use research. Critical analysis of the major principles of teaching and classroom learning. Applying research skills to researching and critically analyzing recent trends and traditional theories in the field of education. Prerequisite: permission of advisor. 
      EDU 5050 or 5070 Choice   (3 s.h. to be chosen)    
         EDU 5050   American Education: Historical, Social & Political Perspectives 3 s.h.  A focus on the historical events, ideological controversies, and political and social forces that have shaped the American education system from the colonial period to the present. Designed to develop in educational leaders an understanding of the relationship between schooling and society. 
         EDU 5070   Schooling in Comparative & International Perspectives 3 s.h.  Provides an overview of education systems and developments in selected countries; describes major similarities and differences among these systems of education; and delineates exemplary practices of some countries that may be worth emulating by others. Particular attention is given to assessing Americans education in international context, and to inquiring about developments around the world that may have important implications for the improvement of American schools. 
      Special Education Core    
         SED 5330   Transition Planning Issues & Practices 3 s.h.  The legal basis and practices of transition planning, articulating both philosophical and pragmatic concerns. Given the unique needs of students with disabilities in light of the demands posed by various curriculum areas, situations, and settings, course participants acquire skills and techniques designed to help students experience less dependence on care givers and greater independence in school settings and the broader community. 
         SED 5500   Methods of Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities 3 s.h.  Overview and analysis of special education practices based on current learning theories and research findings related to teaching students who experience high incidence learning and behavior problems. Review of specific procedures for planning via IEPS and delivering instruction in both academic and nonacademic areas. Specific topics addressed include social skills development, prevocational and vocational training, general curriculum modification, and accommodation strategies. 
         SED 6090   Formal & Informal Assessment 4 s.h.  Students become skilled in the administration, interpretation and reporting of educational evaluations. Emphasis on the selection of instruments, administration, scoring, interpreting, and recommendation aspects of the evaluation process, examining formal and informal tests in oral and written language, reading, and mathematics and emphasizing an understanding of the psychometric properties of assessment methods. The content of the course familiarizes students with the nature and purpose of psychological assessment. Practitioners develop and refine diagnostic skills that assist in the understanding and improvement of student learning. 
         SED 6220   Consultation & Collaboration 3 s.h.  An overview of the staff and parent interaction roles and responsibilities of the teacher consultant in inclusive settings. The distinct and differentiating characteristics of consultation and collaboration are delineated, and extensive guided practice opportunities are afforded to students in both areas. Inter-agency collaboration strategies are presented and students review and discuss selected pieces of broader ranging organizational change literature. 
      ASD Specialty Core    
         ASD 5400   Interdisciplinary Perspectives of ASD 2 s.h.  Examines the theoretical underpinnings of Autism Spectrum Disorders. The behavioral, developmental, educational, and medical research relative to ASD is explored to develop an understanding of this disorder from a interdisciplinary perspective. Students learn to identify the ecological forces in a child’s life to maximize intervention. 
         ASD 5410   Foundations of ASD: Educational Implications 4 s.h.  An overview of the ASD field to include history, etiology, policy, conditions, characteristics, and diagnosis. Learning characteristics and sensory integration patterns are addressed with a focus on critical analysis of intervention research, theory, and practice. Sociocultural issues such as the impact of the legal system and resources for independent living are explored, with an emphasis on collaboration with general educators, families, and allied service providers. 
         ASD 6410   Behavioral and Social Issues in ASD 3 s.h.  Examines the educational implications of the diverse behavioral and social characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorders. Procedures for identification and research-based interventions; team based assessments and behavioral supports; sensory needs and behavior; and designing environments for preventing sensory overload. Research-based interventions are examined to maximize behavioral and social skills for students with ASD. Prerequisite: ASD 5410. 
         ASD 6420   Communication & Language in ASD 3 s.h.  An overview of expressive and receptive language development, patterns, and difficulties with ASD. Traits and characteristics of language and communication are explored. Students learn the functions of communication and language and their relationships to behavior and social skills, and to align student needs to skill-based interventions and treatment programs, including use of assistive technology. Prerequisite: ASD 5410. 
         ASD 6430   ASD: Educational Interventions 3 s.h.  Assessment, teaching, and modifying curricula and instruction for children and youth with ASD. Current assessment instruments and tying assessment outcomes to curricular planning, selecting best practice educational intervention programs, treatments and instructional strategies, adapting individualized programs to the general education curriculum, and utilizing various data keeping systems to monitor and evaluate interventions. A focus on collaboration with parents and service providers is embedded. Prerequisite: ASD 5410. 
      Seminar & ST or Practicum (5 s.h. to be chosen)    
         ASD 6930   Autism Spectrum Disorders Seminar 1 s.h.  Seminar to support students as they practice and integrate teaching behaviors stemming from “best practice” and empirical research. Students evaluate and reflect on the effectiveness of their teaching, a critical attribute of effective educators. Current issues in education, special education and the field of autism spectrum disorders are discussed in the traditional seminar format. Student critiques of associated research lay the foundation for class discussions. To be taken with ASD 6500 or ASD 6700-6720. 
         Choice 6500 or 6700&6720  (5 s.h. to be chosen)    
            ASD 6500   Student Teaching: Autism 5 s.h.  Required when ASD is the initial special education endorsement. Student teachers apply theory to practice with a focus on formal and informal assessments, instructional planning and implementation, behavioral assessments and supports, and collaborative partnerships with parents and allied service providers. 300 hours of professional field experience required. Prerequisite: admission to student teaching. To be taken with the autism spectrum disorders seminar, ASD 6930. 
            ASD 6700   Autism K-12 Practicum I 2 s.h.  Required when the ASD endorsement candidate has prior special education endorsement(s). Applying theory to practice, emphasizing academic and behavioral assessments, instructional planning and implementation, and professional competencies of special education teachers. Students complete 90 hours of practice in each of ASD 6700 and ASD 6720. Prerequisite: admission to student teaching. To be taken with the autism spectrum disorders seminar, ASD 6930. 
            ASD 6720   Autism K-12 Practicum II 2 s.h.  Required when the ASD endorsement candidate has prior special education endorsement(s). Applying theory to practice, emphasizing academic and behavioral assessments, instructional planning and implementation, and professional competencies of special education teachers. Students complete 90 hours of practice in each of ASD 6700 and ASD 6720. Prerequisite: admission to student teaching. To be taken with the autism spectrum disorders seminar, ASD 6930. 
      Capstone Experience    
         ASD 6960   Autism Spectrum Disorders Project 2 s.h.  Students propose and complete a project demonstrating significant scholarly work in the field autism spectrum disorders, or related area of professional inquiry. The project is developed under the guidance of a member of the faculty and is necessary for completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching. Prerequisite: completion of Autism specialty; taken in last year of program. 
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