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The Autism Intervention concentration offers Doctoral (PhD), Master's (MEd), and Graduate Academic Certificate (GACT-AUT) options, consisting of comprehensive and evidence-based practices in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. The mission of this specialization area is to professionally prepare leaders and educators with core values that exemplify excellence, integrity, collaboration and impact in the field of Autism.
In addition to the degree and certification plans, the Project STArT Master's Program prepares qualified special education teachers to work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders though education, one-to-one on-the-job coaching and clinical supervision at their place of employment.
Master of Education in Special Education - Concentration in Autism Intervention
The master degree in Autism Intervention focuses in the preparation of personnel to resume roles in various capacities. Possible career paths may include but not limited to: classroom educator, autism specialist in public school settings or other related professions (e.g., social work, healthcare, mental health and rehabilitation), coordinator or case manager of home-based family services, professional advocate or life skills coach, and coordinator or case manager of home-based practices in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
For questions on specific course requirements of this program, potential students may also contact the program coordinator, Dr. Miriam Boesch (Miriam.Boesch@unt.edu).
Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education - Concentration in Autism Intervention
The doctoral concentration in Autism Research and Leadership program focuses on the preparation of personnel to assume leadership roles in the area of autism research, education, and training. In addition to the required course work, all doctoral students who are currently receiving federal funding are also required to accomplish a number of professional competencies including submitting a grant application for external funding, participating in mentored research prior to initiating their dissertation activities, submitting a manuscript for publication consideration, course instruction, presenting at national, state or regional conventions, and engaging in advocacy and volunteer activities involving students with autism or their support persons. The requirements are designed to increase the capacity of graduates to provide effective leadership in the area of autism programming and policy development and to conduct valid, empirical intervention-based research that will bridge existing research-to-practice gaps and improve outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families.
A Master's Degree in Special Education or a closely related field is required for application to the doctoral program. Candidates with master's degrees in other fields will be required to take up to five additional courses in Special Education, with advisor's approval.
For questions on specific course requirements of this program, potential students may also contact the program coordinator, Dr. Smita Mehta (Smita.Mehta@unt.edu).