M.S. in Education | Autism Endorsement FAQ

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) began offering the first of four master's level courses in the Fall of 2003 through a joint program between the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC) and the Fischler School of Education (FSE). Each of these four courses is offered for three credits. The four courses are:

  • EP 650: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Nature of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • EP 655: Nature of Autism: Intervention Methods, Strategies, and Application
  • EP 660: Behavioral Assessment and Intervention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • EP 665: Language, Communication Development & Augmentative Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Each course stands alone, but it is required that EP 650 be taken first and EP 650 and 655 are required before taking EP 660 and EP 665.

It is preferred that students have a course in child or human development, child psychology, or survey of exceptionalities before taking any of the autism courses.

Registration occurs through the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) of the Fischler School of Education (FSE). Applicants who are not currently degree seeking students at NSU may submit an unofficial transcript showing the award of their undergraduate degree, a $50 nonrefundable application fee, and the application. It currently takes approximately 20 working days for the application to be processed. Information about admissions can be found at http://www.schoolofed.nova.edu/gtep/info/admissions.html

The courses are offered in an online format. Classes run on a typical semester time-frame and have assignments due at specific due dates throughout the semester. This arrangement helps to keep the students on-track with the curriculum. Classes typically meet weekly or bi-weekly online through Elive. Online classroom environment technologies allow the participants and the instructors to converse via chat, microphone, share PowerPoint presentations and whiteboards. These classes are typically 1 hour to 90 minutes and supplement required material that can be completed independently by the student online. If a need exists and there are enough students to form a cluster, then there is the potential to offer the course through distance learning or in person at one of NSU's sites.

The courses may be taken for credit by non-degree seekers. They may be used for teacher re-certification.

The courses may be taken as electives for students currently enrolled in a master's or education specialist program at FSE.

The State of Florida has passed an endorsement in autism, which can be added to an ESE teacher certificate. These courses are approved as meeting the Florida DOE requirements.

It is preferable that the four courses be taken in the order numbered, because they each build upon the information covered in the preceding courses. It is required that EP 650 be taken first and EP 650 and 655 are required before taking EP 660 and EP 665.

At the present time, undergraduate students may not enroll for these four graduate courses in autism.

A master's degree in autism, for individuals who are already certified teachers or engaged in a related field and don't desire teacher certification, is under discussion. However, it is not available at the present time.

At this time, these courses cannot be combined to create a degree. The ABA program is offered and meets the criteria of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. However, the autism courses have not been reviewed for this criteria. Students could enroll to take both series of courses, however.

A minor in autism has been developed through the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program at Fischler School of Education. For more information on the doctoral courses or to apply for the Ed.D, please visist http://www.schoolofed.nova.edu/doctoral/program.htm.

  • Complete the admission application packet and submit a $50.00 non-refundable fee (U.S. dollars) made payable to Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions. An official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.
  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is required for all students. Applicants who do not meet the 2.5 CGPA requirement must submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (a combined score of 1000 for the verbal and quantitative scales only).
  • If the applicant does not meet the minimum 2.5 GPA or GRE score requirement, the applicant may enroll in a maximum of six (6) credit hours and must earn a grade B or better in each course during the first term of enrollment for conditional admission. Students who do not earn a grade of B or better in each course will be subject to dismissal from the program.
Important Student Notice

*Program Prerequisites: To check prerequisites, click on the individual course ID in the schedule: http://www.schoolofed.nova.edu/gtep/info/sites.htm

This set of courses meets the Florida Department of Education's requirements for an Endorsement in Autism and can only be added on to a current teaching certificate in any exceptional student education area.

Additional Information

For additional information on the autism courses students are strongly encouraged to visit the Fischler School of Education catalog for degree and program requirements: http://www.schoolofed.nova.edu/fgshome/fgscatalogs.htm. In addition, please contact the Admission Department ((800) 986-3223 or (954) 262-8500) to obtain information about registration and enrollment.


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