Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Dr. Susan M. Bashinski, Program Director
(816) 271-5629

The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) program options are designed to meet needs of the following professionals:

  • Current and future educators, from both general education and special education, who want to effectively teach learners who experience an autism spectrum disorder in diverse, inclusive, PreK-12 classrooms
  • Speech/language pathologists and school psychologists who desire additional information to assist them to more effectively serve learners with autism spectrum disorders
  • School administrators, who are interested in improving special education services in their school or district
  • Current or future educational policy makers, who wish to enhance their understanding of the unique needs of learners who experience autism spectrum disorders and the most up-to-date research in the field of autism

The need for effective educators knowledgeable of strategies for teaching learners who experience autism spectrum disorders (ASD) becomes more critical every year, as the number of children and young adults diagnosed with ASD is increasing. In addition to learning how to advocate for effective and responsive education for learners who experience autism spectrum disorders, graduate students should gain the following from coursework in the ASD programs:

  • A deep understanding of fundamental issues associated with autism spectrum disorders
  • Specific skills associated with the assessment and identification of learners with autism spectrum disorders
  • Knowledge of programming strategies needed to successfully teach learners who experience autism spectrum disorders
  • Opportunities to learn the effective implementation of behavioral intervention and instructional strategies with learners who experience autism spectrum disorders
  • Enhanced general knowledge of diverse, inclusive classroom settings
  • Training in analytical and critical thinking methods
  • Support for a capstone experience (thesis or internship), which requires the application of content information gained from participation in the M.A.S. program

The Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate may be found online at

Admission Requirements

Admission to either of the graduate programs in ASD requires meeting all qualifications for acceptance to the Missouri Western State University Graduate School.

  • Submission of application for admission to the MWSU Graduate School.
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in education, or a closely related discipline, from an accredited undergraduate institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
  • The GRE is not required.