Texas Tech University

Special Education - Autism (M.Ed.)

Program Overview

The Master's in Special Education with a concentration in autism prepares students to use evidence-based practices in clinical settings and/or classrooms. It has two applied behavior analysis (ABA) courses, and augmentative and alternative communication course, and additional coursework in working with low-incidence disabilities to equip students in dealing with a range of issues and needs of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Please note: This concentration does not lead to any sort of teaching certification or credential. Additionally, a teaching certificate or credential is neither required nor necessary to pursuing this degree.

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Program work within Special Education is developed and guided by a strong conceptual framework, the standards from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), guidelines from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP), Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), criteria from the State of Texas, and the sound professional judgment of an experienced and caring faculty.

Degrees Offered

M.Ed., offered online.

Career Opportunities With This Degree

Teachers with M.Ed. degree with autism concentration will be able to work in general and special education classrooms or in private agencies that provide educational services to children with autism spectrum disorders.

Application Materials

College Transcripts – Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the Graduate School application. Information on submitting official transcripts will be provided to you by the Graduate School. Grade reports or unofficial transcripts from university web portals will not be accepted. Please redact the Social Security Number anywhere it appears on your transcript. If documents are written in a language other than English, a copy of a complete and official English translation must be provided with the original language records.

  • Due to ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School has temporarily changed its admission requirements regarding test scores. The GRE may optionally be submitted by applicants for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years, through the Summer 2024 application cycle. International applicants may use certain alternate exams in place of the TOEFL. Please visit the Graduate Admissions COVID-19 FAQ page for more information.

Required Supplemental Application Materials

Resume, Applicant Statement, 2 Professional Recommendations. Download a comprehensive list of requirements.

Application Process

Please visit the Graduate Application Process for more information on how to apply.

Semester in which the program can be started

Spring, Fall, or Summer I or II

Estimated Hours to Completion

36 credit hours for master's; 15 hours for graduate certificate only

Allowable Transfer Hours

6 credit hours maximum

Financial Aid

TTU Graduate School and COE scholarships, research assistantships, student loans (loans not available for cert only students)


No hard deadline

Tuition & Fees

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L.J. Gould, Ed.D.Admissions CoordinatorOffice of Graduate Admissions & Enrollmentspecialeducationinquiries.educ@ttu.edu806-834-4224

Banda, Devender,

Banda, Devender, Ph.D., BCBA-DProfessor of Special Education
Autism Program Coordinator
Special Educationdevender.banda@ttu.edu 806-834-4827


Fast Facts

  • Delivery: Online
  • Master's Hours to Completion: 36
  • Certificate Hours to Completion: 15
  • Now accepting applications for: All Semesters
  • Maximum Transfer Hours: 6