NOW OPEN!!!

‘Off-Campus’ Master of Education (M.Ed.) Specialty Program in
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
and related Developmental Delays and Disabilities 

Offered at: 

Montgomery County: The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville Maryland 

The Special Education Program in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education, College of Education is excited to announce its ‘Off-Campus’ Master of Education (M.Ed.) Specialty Program in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related Developmental Delays and Disabilities. 

This 30-credit hour M.Ed. is designed for professionals interested in increasing their skills and expanding their knowledge to better serve the increasing number of students with ASD and those students with related Developmental Delays and Disabilities.  The program offers graduates:

  1. Knowledge and skills in the core & associated characteristics of individuals with ASD and realted developmental disabilities;   
  2. Opportunities to use evidence-based methods and practices to increase academic, behavior, and self-determination in students with ASD and students with related developmental delays and disabilities;
  3. Knowledge about Social-Communication Challenges and Use of Strategies for students with ASD or others requiring alternative & augmentative communication (AAC) systems for persons with complex communication needs;
  4. Skills to increase behavior and classroom management to support students with ASD and related developmental delays and disabilities;
  5. Integration of low- through high-technology supports across all areas of development; and 
  6. Experienced faculty committed to your success.

This M.Ed. Specialty Program (30 credit hours) is taken part-time with early evening courses taken over three (3) years to accommodate full-time working professionals and those with families. The course sequence contains Face-2-Face courses, a few in a blended format, and a few delivered all on-line. The program is designed for professionals with the following backgrounds:

  • Certified Special Educators who graduated from UMD system programs
  • Certified special educators who graduated from other programs
  • Certified early childhood, elementary, or secondary general educators from UMD system programs*
  • Certified early childhood, elementary, or secondary general educators from other programs*
  • Allied professions such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, speech-language pathology, or social work.

Applications should be submitted no later than August 2, 2019.  We expect this to be a competitive process and there will be limited number of graduates admitted.  Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

*Please note: In the State of Maryland, teachers with initial certification in a general education area can take the Special Education PRAXIS II test 0354/5354 (www.ets.org) to obtain special education certification through the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Certification and Accreditation.  For more information, visit the MSDE website. 

Schedule -10 courses taken across 3 consecutive years

TYPICAL SCHEDULE

YEAR 1                                                  YEAR 2                                                  YEAR 3

Summer 2019- One course          Summer 2020-Two courses         Summer 2021-Two courses

Fall 2019- One course                    Fall 2020- One course                    Fall 2021- One course

Spring 2020- One course               Spring 2021-One course

  1. 3.0 GPA from Bachelor’s degree 
  2. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.  Note: for admission purposes an unofficial transcript can be uploaded.  If accepted into the program an official will be required by the Graduate School by the end of the first semester of enrollment 
  3. Statement of Goals/Purpose, Interests, and Experiences (IMPORTANT - Include the following statement at the top of your Statement of Goals/Interests, and Experiences):
     "I am applying for the M.Ed.- ASD Off-Campus Montgomery County-USG"
  4. Three (3)  Letters of Recommendation
  5. Resume/Curriculum Vitae (IMPORTANT - Include one of the following statements at the top of your Resume):
    -  "I am applying for the M.Ed.- ASD Off-Campus Montgomery County-USG"
  6. One of the following basic skills tests meeting the cut-off score requirement must be uploaded and submitted as part of your application.

Basic Skill Test

Test Code

MD Score

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators:

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

 

5712

5722

5732

 

156

162

150

Praxis I: PPST/CPPST Prior to September 1, 2014

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

 

5710

5720

5730

 

177

173

177

SAT (after April 1995) (Math & Verbal)

 

1000

SAT (after April 1995) (Math & Verbal or Math & Critical Reading)

 

1100

SAT (after March 2016) (Math & Verbal or Math and Critical Reading)

 

1180

GRE (prior to September 1, 2011) (Math & Verbal)

 

1000

GRE (taken as of September 1, 2011) (Math & Verbal)

 

297

ACT

 

24

 

 

Application Information and Instructions

Application Deadline: January 7, 2020

  1. To apply online go to: https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=umdgrad
  2. First, you must click on the tab to “Create Account.”  The website will guide you through that process, after which you can begin your online application.  The deadline to apply is January 7, 2020. 
  3. Complete the Demographics and Contact Information Sections
  4. Application Fee $75.00 (non-refundable)
  5. Educational Intent Section:
         Applicant Type: Domestic
         Term of Entrance: Summer 2019
         College/School: College of Education
         Program of Study: Special Education (EDSP)
         Degree: M.Ed.
         Area of Interest 1: Low Incidence (see note in statement of Goals and Resume sections below)
         Area of Interest 2& 3: N/A
  6. Upload your statement of Goals/Purpose, Interests, & Experience (WITH THE ADDITIONAL STATEMENT)
    - "I am applying for the M.Ed.-ASD Off-Campus-Montgomery County-USG"
  7. Previous Education: Enter Institutions you have attended (with 9 credits or more) with degree conferred posted. If previous institution(s) are international, see instructions below.
    Note:  Copy of official transcript(s): Bachelor’s and Master’s and any institution with 9 credits or more must uploaded into your application.  If accepted into the program, official transcript(s) will be required by the graduate school by the end of the first semester of enrollment.)  Official transcripts should be sent to:
          University of Maryland College Park
          Enrollment Services Operation
          Room 0130 Mitchell Building
          College Park, MD 20742
  8. Complete the Personal Information section
  9. Upload requirements - Submit a copy of your Resume that has the additional statement: 
    - "I am applying for the M.Ed.-ASD Off-Campus-Montgomery County-USG"
  10. Recommendations:  Enter three (3) recommender name and email address (note: email address is required).
  11. One of the following basic skills tests meeting the cut-off score requirement must be uploaded and submitted as part of your application. 
    Basic Skill Test 
     

    Test Code

    MD Score

    Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators:

    Reading
    Writing
    Mathematics

      

    5712
    5722
    5732

      

    156
    162
    150

    Praxis I: PPST/CPPST Prior to September 1, 2014

    Reading
    Writing
    Mathematics

     

    5710
    5720
    5730

     

    177
    173
    177

    SAT (after April 1995) (Math & Verbal)

     

    1000

    SAT (after April 1995) (Math & Verbal or Math & Critical Reading)

     

    1100

    SAT (after March 2016) (Math & Verbal or Math and Critical Reading)

     

    1180

    GRE (prior to September 1, 2011) (Math & Verbal)

     

    1000

    GRE (taken as of September 1, 2011) (Math & Verbal)

     

    297

    ACT

     

    24

    *Please make sure you upload all of the required documentation.

Information for International Applicants:
All applicants who have earned their Baccalaureate (4 year degree) from an international institution must ALSO meet ISSS admission requirements. It is recommended that applicants plan for additional time needed for IES processing. Visit the Graduate School International Admissions page and the International Student & Scholar Services page.

Required Materials for International Applicants:
• An official copy of original degree-conferred transcripts in original language with a literal English translation and a copy of the final diploma.
• All English translations completed by an ISSS approved service (for transcript and diploma/certificate) are required.
• TOEFL or IELTS or Pearson’s (PTE) is required for applicant with international credentials, whose native language is not English,  and who does not hold a degree from an institution in the US. United Kingdom,       Anglophone Africa, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the Commonwealth Caribbean.
• Applicants on a Visa must submit a copy of Visa documentation

The International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) at the University of Maryland assists international students in the process of applying to the university, and once admitted.  ISSS may contact applicants by email, so please ensure email addresses listed on application is accurate.  

If you have any questions regarding the online application process, please contact Judy Foster at jfoster@umd.edu.  For all program related questions, please contact Dr. Agnesanne Danehey, Program Director, adanehey@umd.edu.

Please contact the Office of Student Services, ed-advising@umd.edu, or (301) 405-2364

Visit the College of Education Scholarship opportunities webpage. 

Visit the Graduate School Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship web page for additional funding opportunities 

For information about other student financial aid, review the Office of the Student Financial Aid website

Dr. Agnesanne J. Danehey- Co-Program Director, adanehey@umd.edu

Carol Scott- Graduate Coordinator CHSE, cscott18@umd.edu

Judy Foster-Program Coordinator in Student Services-Application Questions ONLY, jfoster@umd.edu