This degree program is designed for professional educators who already hold a teaching license in their state. This program allows educators the opportunity to combine UMass Lowell's graduate-level courses in Autism with graduate-level courses in Education.
The Online Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies Option is a 10 course (30 credit) master's degree program which can be completed entirely online.
Candidates seeking this option must first complete the Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Intervention in Autism at UMass Lowell. Upon completion of the certificate, candidates must apply and be admitted to the M.Ed. degree to have their certificate courses(15 credits maximum) included as part of the thirty required credits. The balance of the required courses focus on curriculum development and instructional practices in a K-12 school setting. The Education courses do not focus on Autism, but examine general issues in Curriculum and Instruction; as such, this master's degree is most appropriate for candidates who work in school settings and/or have relevant experience in Curriculum and Instruction. Several of the Education courses require assignments which assume that the candidate is in a classroom setting.
Note: Students interested in this Master's degree program must first complete the online Autism Certificate Program before applying into this program.
Note: This program does not lead to a teaching license, nor is it a direct route to BABC certification.
Admission into the Master's Degree
Candidates interested in pursuing this Master's Degree Option must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be in their final semester of the Online Graduate Certificate Program in Behavioral Intervention in Autism before applying into the MEd. program.
To apply, complete the online application for the Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies Option available on the Graduate Admissions website.
All applicants must submit:
- Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages in length)
- All official transcripts
- Three letters of recommendation
- Application fee
- Proof of valid teaching license or if in a private setting where licensure is not required, individuals with a minimum of three years teaching experience, should submit a letter from their school's chief academic administrator providing proof of teaching in the school.
Master's Degree Program of Study
Includes the four courses take as part of the Autism Certificate Program
10 courses total; 30 graduate credits
Core Courses (4 courses; 12
01.630 Educating Diverse Populations - Available Summer 2013!
04.635 Dynamics of Curricular Change - Available Summer 2013!
04.637 History & Theory of Curriculum - Available Summer 2013!
04.638 Curriculum Design K-12 - Available Summer 2013!
Specialization (5 courses; 15 credits)
47.561 Introduction to Behavioral Intervention in Autism - Available Summer 2013!
47.562 Teaching and Positive Behavioral Support in Autism - Available Summer 2013!
47.565 Measurement & Experimental Design in Behavioral Intervention - Available Summer 2013!
47.566 Functional Analysis and Treatment of Challenging Behavior - Available Summer 2013!
47.568 Behavioral Intervention Program Models in Autism - Available Summer 2013!
Capstone Project 3 credits (1 required course)
04.650 Action Research Capstone Must be taken as the last course or in conjunction with the one other course in the final semester.
Candidates who are enrolled in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction general program of study may take some of the Autism Option courses as electives with prior permission of the program advisor, but unless they officially apply to and complete the BIA certificate program, the option will not be recorded on their transcript.
Questions About the Master's Degree
For questions about the Online M.Ed. Program in Curriculum and
Autism Studies Option or any of the online Education courses in this program, contact Dr. Charmaine Hickey at Charmaine_Hickey@uml.edu or call 978-934-4658.
For questions about the online Autism courses and certificate program, please contact Dr. Richard Siegel at Richard_Siegel@uml.edu or call him at 978-934-3961.
UMass Lowell's Graduate School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a national accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of Education.
01.630 Educating Diverse Populations
Diversity Issues for School Leaders is designed to prepare experienced educators to provide effective leadership in a diverse community. Drawing from the Graduate School of Education's conceptual framework of Education for Transformation, students will be expected to: examine their own cultural heritage and experiences; gain increased understanding of equity issues concerning race, language, gender, sexual orientation, and special education needs; develop new insights for culturally responsive pedagogy; assess alternative strategies for facing illustrative conflicts in culturally diverse school settings; and consider how to ameliorate the pervasive impact of poverty on children in today's schools. 3 credits.
04.635 Dynamics of Curricular Change
This course considers alternative perspectives of curriculum and explores issues and strategies involved in the process of changing the curricular visions and practices of schools. 3 credits.
04.637 History & Theory of Curriculum
This course examines the historical development of American curriculum from the colonial period to the present, with a focus on theories that shaped what was taught in schools, and how those theories reflected social, cultural and political values and conflicts. Particular attention will be paid to curriculum theories that have shaped contemporary curriculum, and to examination of programs that reflect those theories. 3 credits.
04.638 Curriculum Design K-12
A review of state mandates which, by law, shape the curriculum of the school. Examination of new curricula and their sources, as well as the development of a rationale for curriculum design and an evaluation of the personnel and techniques by which these curricula can be developed. 3 credits.
04.650 Action Research Capstone
Students will have the opportunity to develop a teacher work sample consisting of work in six major areas: (1) contextual factors, (2) learning goals, (3) assessment plan, (4) design for instruction, (5) analysis of student learning, and (6) reflection. 3 credits.
47.561 Introduction to Behavioral Intervention in Autism
This course provides an introduction to the causes and diagnosis of autism, scientific validation, applied behavior analysis, and ethical treatment. Students also learn to write functional objectives, plan positive reinforcement, and design an applied measurement system in the context of developing Individualized Family Service Plans and Individualized Eduction plans. The isse of culturally appropriate interventions is addressed Prerequisite: coursework in the psychology of child development, or permission. 3 credits. Prerequisite: Coursework in the psychology of child development, or related experience.
47.562 Teaching and Positive Behavioral Support in Autism
This course covers the application of specific behavioral teaching procedures, including prompting, reinforcement, shaping, chaining, error correction and generalization methods, and the development of instructional plans. Emphasis is placed on procedures and plans to teach communication, social, self-help and pre-academic skills. Application of such methods in inclusive classroom settings is also considered. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 47.561
47.565 Measurement & Experimental Design in Behavioral Intervention
This course provides advanced coverage of measurement methods used in behavioral intervention. It also offers in-depth coverage of the within-subject experimental designs commonly used in behavioral research and practice. Component analysis and parametric analysis methods, and ethical considerations in research, are also covered. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 47.561
47.566 Functional Analysis and Treatment of Challenging Behavior
This course covers the purpose, rationale and methods used in conducting and interpreting functional analyses of challenging, or maladaptive, behaviors (self-injury, stereotypy, agression). It also describes the full range of behavioral procedures used to decrease or eliminate these behaviors, with emphasis placed on ethical interventions and the desirability of least restrictive and non-aversive strategies. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 47.562
47.568 Behavioral Intervention Program Models in Autism
This course explores how educational environments can be designed to maximize learning. Different models of effective, evidence-based behavioral intervenions are analyzed. The use of teaching activity schedules and staff training to build supportive educational settings is also covered. 3 credits. Prerequisite: 47.562
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