Autism Education


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Now more than ever, there is an increasing demand for professionals who have the in-depth knowledge and skill sets needed to teach and work with students on the autism spectrum. This master's degree may be of interest to those who want to learn about how to more effectively work with students on the autism spectrum.

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A Great Fit For

  • General and special education teachers looking to more effectively work with students on the autism spectrum.
  • Someone who loves problem-solving.
  • An individual who enjoys helping others.


Orientation to graduate education programs and readiness for online learning to be completed during the student’s first semester of enrollment. Expectations related to scholarly writing skills are introduced.

Overview of approaches to educational research and pertinent educational theoretical frameworks. Students will examine the role of action research in their practice.

Identify and review scholarly literature, critically evaluate research, and develop skills to write an effective literature review related to topics in autism education.

Students examine the systematic design feature of action research, with a focus on selecting effective data tools and creating an implementation plan for a research project.

Students examine evaluation, analysis, and interpretation of action research data, as well as designing strategies for instructional adjustment and re-evaluation.

Using foundational methods of design and analysis, students conduct action research related to autism education. A capstone research project, including a review of literature, a systematic inquiry of a research problem, implementation of an intervention, analysis and interpretation of data, and reflection for instructional adjustment.

Expands the use of technology tools in teaching situations and includes an action inquiry project using a technology-infused solution. Discusses issues related to technology and its use in schools.

Examination of socio-cultural concerns and ethics related to educational foundations with emphasis on contemporary issues influencing curriculum, pedagogy, inclusion, human relations, educational policy, and social justice.

  • SPED 632 (3 cr): Intro to Theory & Practice: Autism
  • SPED 634 (3 cr): Teaching Students with Autism: Inclusive Settings
  • SPED 636 (3 cr): Teaching Students with Autism: Intensive Needs
  • SPED 638 (3 cr): Teaching Students with Autism: Assessment


Additional Program Details

About MAT: Autism Education at Morningside

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 54 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, a number that continues to rise. This means that there will continue to be a need for skilled professionals with the expertise to effectively teach individuals on the spectrum.
  • Expand your opportunities for advancing your work while enhancing your skills in areas such as theory and practice, inclusive settings, intensive needs, assessment, and more.
  • Enjoy the flexible advantages of earning a degree 100% online, allowing you to work and maintain your personal and professional aspirations.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to gain practical experience that can be immediately applied in the classroom.

Contact Us

Morningside University
Sharon Walker School of Education

1501 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106


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