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    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Training the next generation of Autism Specialists and Teachers

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

    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 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!



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    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): http://www.ets.org/ – FSU Institution Code: 5219.

    Target Scores:
    Verbal – 146+
    Quantitative – 140+

    The Educational Testing Service (ETS) do not retain scores 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.

    • 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 Admissions. The address for submitting transcripts is:

    Florida State University
    Office of Admissions
    282 Champions Way
    P.O. Box 3062400
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    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.

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    The FSU College of Education offers over $500,000 in scholarship and fellowship opportunities – more than any other public College of Education in the state of Florida. On top of that, the state of Florida is nationally ranked in the top 2 for lowest tuition. The tuition at Florida State University is an even better bargain compared to other public research universities. You can find information about tuition at FSU here.

    The Florida Department of Education’s ESE Endorsement Tuition Support Program provides financial assistance to exceptional student education (ESE) teachers who are teaching students identified as having autism spectrum disorders or Prekindergarten ESE in Florida public schools. Click here to learn more.

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    Click here to learn more about our Special Education faculty!

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    Britni DeZerga
    Academic Program Specialist
    G113 Stone Building
    (850) 644-2122

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