Master of Education in Early Intervention with Autism Specialization

The Master of Education in Early Intervention with an Autism Specialization at the Pitt School of Education adds an additional focus to our early intervention program. The program is intended to provide students with knowledge and skills to accurately implement a variety of interventions developed for young children with autism.

Quick Facts

  • Program Duration: About 2 years (4 semesters)
  • Time Commitment: Full time
  • Term of Enrollment: Fall
  • Application Deadline: March 1, priority admission deadline
  • Course Requirements: 46 credits
  • Admissions Requirements: No GRE exam required


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Program Details

Student complete courses in the characteristics of autism, applied behavior analysis, strategies for improving social skills and communication, and technology-based interventions. The program also includes a focus on teaching parents, other caregivers, and service providers to implement interventions as a means for further enhancing positive outcomes of children with autism.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 68 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Specialized, intensive intervention approaches have been found to greatly improve the outcomes of children with autism, particularly when implemented early in life. 

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Early Intervention with an Autism Specialization is a 46-credit program. It includes coursework in early intervention (e.g. assessment, programming, working with families, inclusion, consultation, community resources, and leadership), plus additional courses in autism characteristics and interventions, social communication in ASD, applied behavior analysis, and the use of technology-based interventions.

Three supervised practicum experiences with a focus on working with families and young children with ASD are required.

As part of the specialization, students take three of the six Applied Behavior Analysis courses required to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and may begin to accumulate BCBA hours. 

Certifications

The Master of Education in Early Intervention with an Autism Specialization covers all of the required coursework of the Pennsylvania Behavior Specialist Licensure.

Prerequisites

The Master of Education in Early Intervention has the following prerequisites:

  • Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)
  • Child Development (3 credits)

Career Pathways

The Master of Education in Early Intervention with an Autism Specialization program prepares practitioners in the assessment and educational programming of young children with disabilities.

Students are particularly qualified to take on roles related to the autism spectrum disorder (ASD).