Autism / ASDW Endorsement with optional M.Ed. In Special Education

M.Ed. in Special Education
with ASD (ACE) Endorsement
Kent ISD Program
Susan Martino, Program Director
It is our mission to be the first choice
in Professional Development by providing
 High quality programs
 Innovative partnerships
 Personalized service
Participating ACE University Contacts
These individuals will be able to assist you in pursuing the autism
endorsement through ACE. Contact the advisor at the university
that is geographically closest to you:
Suzanne Shellady, Ph.D.
Email: [email protected]
Laura Reissner, Ph.D.
Email: [email protected]
Amy Matthews, Ph.D.
Email: [email protected]
Carol Swift, Ph.D.
Email: [email protected]
Today’s Objectives
Advantages of OU’s program
Program eligibility
Program outline and course schedule
Cost, financial aid and payment plans
Application process
Registration process
Oakland University Professional Development
Advantages of OU’s
M.Ed in Special Education at KISD
• Allows those with ACE endorsement to directly apply the 18
endorsement credits to a M.Ed. Degree
(It is not necessary to have completed the ACE program before starting M.Ed.)
• Courses may be offered on-ground, online or in hybrid format
• Face-to-face courses are held on Saturdays
• At least one required course and one elective
will be offered every semester *
• M.Ed. may possibly be completed in one year
• You can start the program any semester
* Providing minimum enrollment numbers are attained
Oakland University Professional Development
Polling Question
How long has Oakland University
been providing the M.Ed.
with ASD endorsement?
a. 10 years
b. 15 years
c. over 25 years
(The correct answer is “C”!)
Autism and Oakland University
Program Eligibility
 Completion of / current enrollment in ACE program
 Michigan teacher certification (or 90-day letter)
 Undergrad/Grad GPA of 3.0 or above
 Potential for success in program
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O.U. Graduate Tuition
• Graduate tuition - $540.50 per credit
• Required courses are 4 credits each - $2,162
• No application fee / other fees associated
with the program.
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Financial Aid Basics
• The M.Ed. in Special Education with ASD
endorsement is a financial-aid eligible program
• OU Payment Plan Available
• Check to see if NWLB funds are available
• OU’s Financial Aid webpage
is your best source of info
on Federal Student Aid.
Oakland University Professional Development
Financial Aid Options
• Some ISDs offer partial tuition reimbursement for
employees working in certain programs. Contact your
ISD to inquire whether or not they offer this incentive
and whether or not you may qualify.
• Think outside the box. Ask employer if tuition assistance is
available, if you agree to take on
additional work responsibilities.
Oakland University Professional Development
Special Education Electives
The KISD program requires 8 credits of approved electives.
Offerings may include:
Educational Implications of TBI (N)
Applied Behavior Analysis Introduction (L)
Co-Existing Neuropsychiatric Disorders of ASD Pt 1 – Recog Symptoms (L)
Co-Existing Neuropsychiatric Disorders of ASD Pt 2 - Ed Implications (LW)
Visual Teaching Strategies (LW)
Art and Autism (LW)
Working with Para-Educators in Special Education
Strengthening Parent-Professional Partnerships
Classroom Interventions for ADD/ADHD
Adults and Adolescents with ASD (4 cr)
Counseling & Special Needs (4 cr)
Assistive Technology
Transition Planning
Important Dates
• Application deadlines:
Winter - December 1
Summer 1 - April 1
Summer 2 - June 1
Fall - August 1
• Registration deadline: Two weeks before course begins
• Financial Aid: Check financial aid webpage for deadlines
• Graduation: Check Registrar’s Office
webpage for deadlines for applying for
graduation, etc.
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When can I start?
• Winter, 2011
• Four semesters per year
– Winter (January - April)
– Summer 1 (May - June)
– Summer 2 (July - August)
– Fall (September - December)
Oakland University Professional Development
KISD Program Offerings for 2011
• Winter:
SE 619 / Research (4)
Elective - Traumatic Brain Injury (2)
• Summer 1:
SE 601 / Issues & Trends in SE (4)
Elective – TBA (2)
• Summer 2:
SE 524 / Assessment in SE (4)
Elective – TBA (2)
• Fall:
SE 502 / Legal Issues in SE (4)
Elective – TBA (2)
SE 619
Theory, Research and Practice in Special Education
Introduces students to the theoretical and empirical
foundations of the field of special education and its
research methodologies. Examine elements of
experimental and non-experimental research designs
with a focus on action research.
Summer 1
SE 601
Issues and Trends in Special Education
Study of current major issues in special education.
Emphasis is placed on the historical, political, empirical,
societal and educational perspectives of the controversial
issues in the field. Issues will span the K-12 continuum.
Summer 2
SE 524
Assessment in Special Education
Provides an overview of the assessment process including
legal, ethical and diversity issues, in school and clinical
settings. Students are introduced to a variety of procedures
and instruments, role responsibilities, and relevant resources.
Students administer, score and interpret information from
selected norm-referenced achievement measures.
SE 502
Legal Issues in Special Education
Intensive study of federal legislation and the Michigan
Special Education Rules and their implications for
educating students with exceptionalities. Evaluation,
IEPCs, related services, free and appropriate education,
placement options, adequate referral and evaluation,
investigation and due process hearings are highlighted.
How do I apply?
1. Apply online to graduate school ~ OU Graduate Admissions
Complete / request the following and send them to OU Grad Admissions
160 North Foundation Hall , Rochester, MI 48309-4401
Apply to the program (SEHS Supplemental Application)
Request transcripts, showing evidence of Bachelors Degree
Copy of Teaching Certificate, front and back
2 Recommendation Forms
Felony / Misdemeanor Form
Goal Statement
3. We will tell you when it is time to register
for your class, and send you instructions for
doing so.
Oakland University Professional Development
Academic Advising (ASD)
Dr. Carol Swift
([email protected], 248.370.3067)
Special Education Coordinator
405A Pawley Hall
For an appointment, please contact the
departmental office at 248 370-3077.
Important Contacts
Dr. Carol Swift, Special Education Department Chair
and Autism Program Advisor. Evaluates transcripts,
prepares Plan of Study.
Jaime Finn, Office Assistant
Sets up practicum, scheduling, general program support
Vicki Gossett, Administrative Secretary to Dr. Swift
Offers support to Dr. Swift
[email protected] 248.370.3067
[email protected] 248.370.2623
[email protected] 248.370.3077
Susan Martino, Program Director
[email protected] 248.370.4415
Coordinates off-campus ASD program, creates electives
and markets endorsement w/ M.Ed. in Special Education
Alice Schurrer, Assistant Program Director
Offers support to Susan Martino
Financial Aid
Graduate Admissions
[email protected] 248.370.2651 248.370.2550 248.370.3167
Important Links
(important dates for 2011)
~ Thank You ~
For further information, contact:
Susan Martino
[email protected]
Oakland University Professional Development

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