Online MA in Early Intervention in Autism & Sensory Impairments

Gain In-demand Skills for Diverse Classrooms

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With Lindenwood University’s online Master of Arts in Early Intervention in Autism and Sensory Impairments* program, you’ll be better able to meet the needs of students with diverse needs. This special education master’s program trains educators and professionals to work with parents and caregivers of young children who need special attention when it comes to sensory needs.

Through our early childhood intervention specialist program, you will explore these three areas: autism spectrum disorder, deaf/hearing impairment, and vision impairment. The comprehensive curriculum focuses on topics that include the characteristics and strategies for working with infants and young children, family-centered practices, communication and collaboration strategies, social-emotional development, evidence-based practices, and designing effective classrooms.

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Lindenwood’s online, flexible degrees enable you to balance your personal and professional responsibilities while gaining the analysis skills and valuable insights to create positive change for organizations in business, health care, education, and more.

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A Curriculum Designed to Help You Succeed

Our 33-credit-hour early intervention master’s program explores topics that are crucial to educating young children who have sensory learning needs. The program requires three prerequisite courses that can be completed at the undergraduate level. In addition, there are 9 credit hours of core courses, plus 21 credit hours that focus on early intervention for autism and sensory impairment.

As you learn how to establish meaningful and collaborative parent-teacher and inter-agency partnerships, you’ll take courses that may include:

Characteristics of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Learn the characteristics and diagnostic features of young children on the autism spectrum. You will review the historical evolution of autism as a diagnostic entity. An emphasis will be placed on the significance of interdisciplinary teamwork, and clinical observation. Differential diagnostic tools will be provided.

Introduction to Family-Centered Practices for Early Interventions in Autism, Visual Impairment, Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Gain the skills and knowledge to become a valued team member on interdisciplinary early intervention teams and a partner to parents. Topics addressed include roles of infant and toddler health care professionals, family-centered practices and family systems, interdisciplinary collaboration, including physician and well chat, support and resources for families and health care professionals, and developing Individual Family Service Plans.

Characteristics and Strategies for Working with Infants and Young Children with Vision Impairments

You will review the eligibility criteria, including atypical development and developmental delay. An emphasis will be placed on the significance of interdisciplinary teamwork, clinical observation, and working with eye care professionals.

Characteristics and Strategies for Working with Young Children with Deaf/Hard of Hearing Impairments

You will explore the implications of hearing loss on perceptual development, developmental milestones, physiological and psychological development. Family-centered assessment and resources emphasize careful consideration of the parents’ priorities in making decisions for their child regarding assistive hearing devices, medical interventions, and oral and total means of communication. American Sign Language and the Deaf Culture will be introduced.

Love Online Learning with Lindenwood

Lindenwood brings the best of the on-campus experience – affordable, academic programs, unparalleled faculty support, and a community of diverse learners – to your online learning program. Flexible classes mean you can study when and where it’s best for you and your academic advisors, library services, the career center, military student services, and other support systems are never more than a click or a call away. Regardless of the reason for your online degree, we’ll make sure you have everything you need along the way.

Impact the Lives of Students with Sensory Impairments

This online master’s in special education provides the skills you need to make a difference in the lives of sensory impaired individuals. Through courses taught by educators with real-world experience, you’ll prepare for diverse early childhood intervention careers with expertise in child development, early childhood special education, psychology, social work, and more.

Potential Career Paths and 2020 Average Base Salaries

  • Early Intervention Specialist: $44,8011
  • Case Manager: $51,7602
  • Special Education Teacher: $61,5003
  • Elementary School Teacher: $60,6604
  • Preschool Teacher: $31,9305

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For nearly 200 years, Lindenwood University has been committed to enhancing lives through quality education and professional preparatory experiences. Our values – integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity, and community – are core to this mission and inform every aspect of our academic programs. Explore more and find out why we believe real experience brings real success.

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Sources and Disclaimer

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*This program does not provide teacher certification from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.