Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Online
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Master of Education in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Graduate degree; Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The flexible Master’s of Education Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) degree program was designed for working professionals. Students enrolled within the master degree program are able to complete all the M.Ed coursework online or within their own community (with the exception of the thesis option).

The University of Mary’s M.Ed. ASD program is for individuals interested in advancing and diversifying their educational skillset. Students enrolled within any of the University of Mary’s graduate degree programs may consider adding one to six additional courses in the area of ASD (3-17 credits). The ASD courses are offered completely online with the exception of the practicum that can be offered with a distance delivery module to meet the needs of learners outside of the Bismarck-Mandan area.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Program Highlights

A Master of Education degree will help you to develop your skills as a professional educator, and expand your future employment options. At the University of Mary, you have the opportunity to earn your master’s degree in an accredited graduate program at an affordable, private, Catholic university.

Key highlights:

  • Earn your M.Ed. on a flexible schedule that is convenient for working professionals.
  • Gain hands-on experience you can apply directly to your career, working closely with world-class faculty and experienced practicing teachers and administrators.
  • Complete the master’s degree via a capstone project of your choosing: a thesis or a professional portfolio.
  • Degree will teach you effective strategies to support and educate students with an ASD. Although these strategies are known to be effective for students with ASD, these same strategies often benefit all students within the education environment.
  • Learn in a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values that will enrich your career and your everyday life.

Core Courses:

EDU 531 Ethics in Education and Human Performance

EDU 551 Critique and Design of Research

EDU 565 Statistics

EDU 567 Diversity of Education and Human Performance

EDU 608 Foundations in Education

ALU 799 Graduate Assessment

Portfolio Option:

EDU 705 Portfolio Preparation

EDU 706 Portfolio Presentation


Thesis Option:

EDU 700 Research Seminar I

EDU 701 Research Seminar II

EDU 704 Research Presentation

Emphasis Area Requirements:

EDU 564 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

EDU 595 Behavior Management

EDU 660 Special Education Law

EDU 664 ASD Interventions Across the Lifespan

EDU 674 ASD Communication Strategies

EDU 684 Internship/Seminar: ASD


Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Individuals holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 overall, or 2.75 during the last two years of the undergraduate degree, or 3.0 in a major field will be admitted to begin graduate study.

Individuals interested in adding special education licensure or an endorsement in addition to the ASD emphasis should visit with a member of the education department to learn more about the additional coursework necessary to fulfill requirements. In general, individuals seeking a North Dakota credential or endorsement must hold a bachelor’s degree in education from an accredited institution, have the appropriate North Dakota licensure and years of experience, as well as the required coursework, to be recommended for North Dakota credentialing or endorsement by the University of Mary Department of Education.

In most cases, the requirements listed below must be met prior to admission for graduate study. In addition, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to continue in the graduate program in education. To complete the application process, please submit:

  • Completed application (to include goal statement)
  • Current teacher education licensure (unless seeking licensure)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Resume identifying appropriate experience
  • Application/enrollment fee

Graduate credit earned at other institutions may be accepted toward a degree at the University of Mary. Upon approval, up to one-third of the required credits may be transferred as part of the graduate degree.

Jaylia Prussing, M.Ed – Special Education Program Director
(701) 355-8367 or [email protected]

For general information about the education graduate program, please contact Dr. Carmelita Lamb at [email protected] or the University of Mary Admissions Office at (800) 288-MARY.

If you are considering the Elementary Administration M.Ed. program, you might also be interested in the following graduate programs offered at the University of Mary: