Master of Applied Science in Assessment

Autism Spectrum Disorders Option

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Autism Spectrum Disorders Option
Topics include autism  spectrum disorders; classroom programming; how to teach communication and social skills; behavioral interventions; how to identify, assess and plan for students with ASD; and early intervention.

Autism classes are offered solely online. Autism classes are open to degree-seeking students and non-degree-seeking students.

How to apply:


Complete an online application for admission to the graduate school.

Admission to the program requires meeting all qualifications for acceptance to the Missouri Western Graduate School, successful completion of a baccalaureate degree in education or a related field, and a minimum GPA of a 2.75. The GRE is not required.

Note: You may apply to this program with or without having a teaching license.

Applications for new graduate cohorts are accepted until approximately 1-2 months before the beginning of the next semester, see this link for specific deadlines:

Please note that the majority of new students start in the summer semester.  If you intend to start in a different semester, we encourage you to contact the Education Graduate Program first.

Note: Now accepting applications for a graduate assistantship for 2015-2016 school year. Please e-mail your resume and letter of interest to or call 816-271-4449 for questions.


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Autism Spectrum Disorders: Courses

The autism option for  the Masters of Applied Science in Assessment provides teachers with advanced  understanding of autism spectrum disorders. Educators are prepared to evaluate,  teach, and support children with autism in the classroom.


 Policy Decisions and the Data that Drive Them (3)
 Research Approaches in Assessment (3)
 Literature Review and Case Study Analysis (3)
 Data Informed Analysis and Decisions (3)
 Improving Outcomes: Documenting the Process and Results (6)
Required Courses
Fundamentals of Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
Behavioral Interventions for Students with ASD (3 credits)
Teaching Communication and Social Skills with Students with ASD (3 credits)
Elective Courses –  Must Choose 2 of 3
Intensive Early Intervention for Students with ASD (3 credits)
Classroom Programming for Student with ASD (3 credits)
Assessment and Planning for the Student with ASD (3 credits)

Core Courses: 18 credits Autism Option: 15 credits TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 33 credit hours