The Special Education K-12 Autism Spectrum Disorders Program at Eastern Michigan University offers undergraduate programs that lead to state endorsements. Our graduates find jobs as classroom teachers.

Undergraduate Programs

The Special Education K-12 Autism Spectrum Disorders programs include BS options in Elementary or Secondary Special Education K-12 Autism Disorders. Along with the liberal arts requirements, these programs lead to endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Certified teachers can teach children on the Autism Spectrum in K-12th grade classrooms.

  • Special Education K-12 Autism Spectrum Disorders - Elementary [BS]

    By selecting the Special Education K-12 Autism Spectrum Disorders - Elementary Major you will earn a Bachelor of Science that leads to an elementary education teaching certificate with the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) endorsement.

    What You Will Learn

    You have knowledge of the theory of learning, from a neurological perspective, coupled with rigorous field experiences connecting theory to reality while studying elementary subjects. Upon graduation, students will be competent to assess, analyze assessment data and develop and implement individual education programs, based on a strong theoretical understanding of the nature of autism spectrum disorders.

    Opportunities

    Certified elementary teachers with the Michigan Department of Education endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) can teach children on the Autism Spectrum in K-12th grade classrooms. Certified teachers will also be eligible to teach all subjects in K-5th grade classrooms as well as 6-8th grade self-contained classrooms. As a student in this program you can take advantage of all that the College of Education has to offer. You may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in Special Education, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

  • Special Education K-12 Autism Spectrum Disorders - Secondary [BS]

    By selecting the Special Education K-12 Autism Spectrum Disorders - Secondary Major you will earn a Bachelor of Science that leads to a secondary education teaching certificate with the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) endorsement. You will also choose a teachable minor.

    What You Will Learn

    You have knowledge of the theory of learning, from a neurological perspective, coupled with rigorous field experiences connecting theory to reality while studying elementary subjects. Upon graduation, students will be competent to assess, analyze assessment data and develop and implement individual education programs, based on a strong theoretical understanding of the nature of autism spectrum disorders.

    Opportunities

    Certified teachers with the Michigan Department of Education endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) can teach children on the Autism Spectrum in K-12th grade classrooms. Certified teachers will also be eligible to teach 6-12th grade students in the program’s required minor subject area of choice. As a student in this program, you can take advantage of all that the College of Education has to offer. You may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in Special Education, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education.

    Read about the curriculum and course information.

At a Glance

  • Average of 133 credit hours depending on minor
  • Average time to complete 4.5 years
  • Requires one semester of student teaching in a general education elementary classroom and one semester in a special education setting
  • On campus
  • Minor requirement
    • Elementary: No
    • Secondary: Yes

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