Master's in Inclusive Education: Autism Specialization
This community education program leads to a master's degree in inclusive education with a specialization in autism. Candidates who qualify with state requirements can also earn the Massachusetts Autism Endorsement for Educator Licensure upon completion of the program.
The Inclusive Education Master's Degree Program is designed to prepare educators to support the complex needs of autistic students while keeping equity, social justice, diversity and accessibility at the center of their work.
In this program, students will:
- Develop critical knowledge of the history, theories and prevalence of autism
- Develop expertise in a range of educational and supportive practices
- Apply concepts of self-advocacy, advocacy and quality-of-life in educational settings
- Analyze approaches to, theories of, and supports for autistic individuals through the lens of neurodiversity
- Evaluate assumptions, biases and characterizations of autism through sociocultural and self-advocacy lenses
All inclusive education master's students are required to take five core inclusivity courses as well as the coursework for their specialization. For the Autism Specialization, courses such as Supporting Communication Competence and Autistic Behavior: Complexities, Challenges & Access prepare educators to create and lead an inclusive environment for diverse student populations.