Program Overview

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. 

All inclusive education master's students are required to take five core 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.

Sample Courses

Neurodiversity, Collaboration & Allyship

EDU 660
This course provides class participants with an introduction to autism and neurodiversity, a grounding in the neurodiversity paradigm, and exposure to autistic self-advocates and perspectives. The course will include an examination of the sociopolitical context and the resulting ideals, conceptions, assumptionst and biases in education, media, and community. Course participants will unpack educational discourse, diagnosis, labels, and the ethics of different educational approaches and ideals. The course will explore tenets of collaboration and the complexity of different organizational approaches.

Social Understanding: Stress, Anxiety, Trauma

EDU 662
This course will review social understanding, stress, anxiety and trauma in autistic people. The course will explore the role of anxiety, stress, and trauma on relationships, self-regulation, health/ well-being and academic achievement. This course will stress intersectionality and explore gender/culture/race influences on understanding autism. Course participants will develop social supports and curricula focused on neurodiverse social behavior that help to mitigate the effects of stress/anxiety/trauma and develop resilience.

Self-Advocacy, Quality of Life and Transition

EDU 664
This course explores quality of life considerations, measures, and supports for autistic students/persons. Educators will learn techniques to support autistic students moving from school to adult life, including developing self-advocacy skills, educator advocacy/allyship, family advocacy, person-centered planning, and transition plans. Ethical issues and philosophical challenges relating to sociocultural context, theories, and positioning, anti-oppressive education, and involvement/lack of involvement of self-advocates' perspectives will be explored in the development of pathways to higher education, career and technical education, employment, and independent living.

Contact Information

Melissa Ratliff

Melissa Ratliff

Dean of Graduate Admission
Admission

Meet the Director

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe

Associate Professor of Education, Director of Graduate Teacher Education