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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Autism Spectrum Disorder & Severe Intellectual Disabilities (ASD)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 13.1013
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 33

Contact Information:
College of Education
Special Education Department (EDS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Ann Cranston-Gingras
Phone: 813-974-1387
Email: cranston@usf.edu

Website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/sped/Masters/MastersDegree.html


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Major Information

The purpose of this major is to prepare teachers to be highly qualified and provide access to the general curriculum in least restrictive school environments to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual Disabilities (InD).

Major Research Areas
The benefit to the university, local community and the state can be summarized in two ways. In a quantitative way, the major meets the need of preparing effective teachers to work with the growing number of students in general and special education who are identified as having ASD labels. This is demonstrated through the critical shortage of data at a national and state level and also in the surveys of local school districts to USF. In a qualitative way, the major meets the need to prepare effective teachers to work with this group of students that represents a paradigmatic shift in where and how these students learn. Students with ASD and InD labels need meaningful access to general education curriculum and their typically developing peers and this major meets this need.

Accreditation Information:

The Master of Arts in ASD and InD meets the accreditation standards required by the College of Education, University of South Florida. The curriculum is aligned with the conceptual framework of the College of Education and meets the specific standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: ---
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • An earned baccalaureate degree in special education or a related field that has a relationship with autism and/or intellectual disabilities from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from an international institution
  • Scholastic evidence to successfully perform in the academic major, as indicated by one of the following:
    • An earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or
    • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted while registered as an upper division student working for a baccalaureate degree, or
    • A preferred GRE Verbal score of 520 or higher and quantitative score of 480 or higher, and an Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher, or
    • Completion of 9 hours of specified graduate course work in special education with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and the endorsement of a Special Education faculty member
  • A letter of application that addresses why the candidate desires to pursue a master's degree in ASD and InD
  • At least two (2) letters of recommendation from persons who have seen the candidate teach and/or work with children and youth who have labels of ASD and/or InD

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 33 hours

Required Courses:

Process Core Requirement 9 hours
EDF 6481 (3)Foundations of Educational Research
EEX 6732 (3) Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education
EEX 5752 (3)Working with Families: A Pleuralistic Perspective

Content Specialization* - 24 hours minimum
(*Note: Field Experience (15-25 hours) is to be included as part of the Content Specialization coursework.)
EBD 6246 (3) Educating Students with Autism
EEX 6619 (3) Positive Behavior Support Low Incid. Intellectual Disab. & ASD
EEX 6767 (3) Assistive Technology For Students With Low Incidence
EEX 6234 (3) Identification & Assessment of Individuals with Low Incidence Intellectual Disabilities and ASD
EEX 6065 (3) Collaborative Transition and Career Planning for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
EEX 6476 (3) Curriculum & Instruction for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
EEX 6939(3) Advanced Seminar: Paradigms, Practices, and Policies in Special Education
EEX 6943 (3) Practicum in Exceptional Student Education

Additional requirements for Plan III ( individuals who do not hold a degree in education)
Co/Prerequisites (0-14 hours depending on previous coursework) :
EEX 6025 (3) Trends and Issues in Special Education
EDF 6432 (3) Foundations of Measurement

One of the following:
EDF 6211 (3) Psychological Foundations of Education
EDF 6215 (4) Learning Principles Applied to Instruction
One of the following:
EDF 6606 (4) Socio-Economic Foundations of American Education
EDF 6517 (4) Historical Foundations of American Education

Thesis
This is a non-thesis major.

Comprehensive Exam
A portfolio project is required to fulfill the comprehensive examination requirement and is completed in the final semester of matriculation in the major

Graduation Requirements: Portfolio System
The Master’s Portfolio System is a means through which each master’s level student demonstrates his/her competency in the “best practices” of special education. Commensurate with the belief that the merging of research and practice is desirable and beneficial; the Department of Teaching and Learning has identified eight areas in which students are required to demonstrate their competency:

  • Professional and personal self-awareness
  • Assessment of exception students
  • Behavior management
  • Classroom instruction
  • Collaboration
  • Knowledge of the professional literature
  • Research in critical areas such as child development, learning and teaching
  • Professional development

The department has also developed a list of suggested artifacts through which students can document their competency in each area.

Students should meet with their advisor to discuss and plan their individualized portfolio. A copy of the Master’s Portfolio System complete with policies and procedures, as well as suggested artifacts, is available with the Graduate Coordinator.

Each student will be required to present his/her individualized portfolio to the Portfolio Review Committee in the Department of Teaching and Learning upon completion of their major. This presentation will be the master’s comprehensive exam. A comprehensive exam is required of all master’s level students in the College of Education.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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