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Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies Option, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1053 (BCR) Online
This Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies Option degree program at University of Massachusetts Lowell is designed for professional educators who already hold a teaching license in their state. This program allows educators the opportunity to combine UMass Lowell's graduate-level courses in Autism with graduate-level courses in Education.


The Online Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Studies Option at University of Massachusetts Lowell is a 10 course (30 credit) master's degree program which can be completed entirely online.

Learning outcomes

Candidates seeking this option must first complete the Graduate Certificate in Behavioral Intervention in Autism at UMass Lowell. Upon completion of the certificate, candidates must apply and be admitted to the M.Ed. degree to have their certificate courses(15 credits maximum) included as part of the thirty required credits. 

The balance of the required courses focus on curriculum development and instructional practices in a K-12 school setting. The Education courses do not focus on Autism, but examine general issues in Curriculum and Instruction; as such, this master's degree is most appropriate for candidates who work in school settings and/or have relevant experience in Curriculum and Instruction. Several of the Education courses require assignments which assume that the candidate is in a classroom setting.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Educating Diverse Populations
  • Dynamics of Curricular Change
  • History & Theory of Curriculum
  • Curriculum Design K-12
  • Introduction to Behavioral Intervention in Autism

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • National Students - UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions offers rolling admissions for all programs
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages in length)
  • All official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application fee
  • Proof of valid teaching license or if in a private setting where licensure is not required, individuals with a minimum of three years teaching experience, should submit a letter from their school's chief academic administrator providing proof of teaching in the school.

Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    26370 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26370 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    26370 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26370 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    14590 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14590 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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