Autism Spectrum Disorder



The demand for autism specialists and teachers working with children with autism continues to grow. 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) every year. Now more than ever, schools and institutions need experienced individuals, particularly those with autism endorsements.

Currently ranked #7 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Florida State’s online master’s program in Autism Spectrum Disorder offers an innovative new way to address the growing demand for autism specialists. With our online master’s program, professionals have an opportunity to learn more about the disorder. Furthermore, we teach our students the best practices for working with students with ASD in a variety of settings.

Perfect for working teachers, the ASD online master’s degree lets you work through the program at your own pace. Perhaps just as importantly, the program allows currently certified special education teachers to gain the autism spectrum disorders endorsement from the Florida Department of Education. The autism spectrum disorders endorsement opens up career options and increases earning potential.

In this program, you will work with experienced faculty conducting important research on pressing issues related to ASD. Under the guidance of these faculty members, you will gain the training and knowledge you need to excel at helping individuals with ASD develop and achieve lifelong success.

Learn more about some of our faculty’s research initiatives in the videos below!

Admission Requirements

In order to meet minimum University admission requirements, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.
  • GRE test scores. Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency. Examinee copies are not considered official. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): – FSU Institution Code: 5219.

Target Scores:
Verbal – 146+
Quantitative – 140+

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores for longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report.

NOTE: The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants if the applicant meets at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • Three years of professional experience as a practicing educator or equivalent field provided that the candidate can provide evidence of Effective or Highly Effective teacher evaluations, OR
  • Successful completion of six graduate credit hours from the C&I program with a graduate GPA of 3.50 or higher, OR
  • Passing score on the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination or an equivalent state certification examination.

Applicants must provide evidence to satisfy the criteria being applied; please send documentation to Ms. Britni DeZerga. Approval of a GRE waiver does not guarantee admission. Prospective students must still apply and meet all other admissions requirements.

NOTE: The GRE admission requirements for master's and specialist programs have been waived through Fall 2022.

  • Language proficiency test (international students only)– FSU accepts scores from TOEFL (minimum 80), IELTS (minimum 6.5) and MELAB (minimum 77).
  • Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The address for submitting transcripts is:

Florida State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
314 Westcott Building
P.O. Box 3061410
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410

Applicants must upload the following REQUIRED supporting documents to the Admissions Application Portal:

  • Statement of purpose (at least one page) – should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications and long-term career goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One page resume/curriculum vitae
  • Writing Sample – it is acceptable to submit a paper used in another class or one that was published.

Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1st


Tuition & Aid

Information about tuition and fees at Florida State is available here. You can learn more about the scholarship and aid opportunities for College of Education students here.

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