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MA in Early Intervention in Autism and Sensory Impairments

Program Overview

A Program That Gives You Specialized Teacher Training

Gain in-demand skills for diverse classrooms as you specialize in one of three areas: autism spectrum disorder, deaf/hearing impairment, or vision impairment.

Gain in-demand skills for diverse classrooms as you specialize in one of three areas: autism spectrum disorder, deaf/hearing impairment, or vision impairment.

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As you’re making your decision about pursuing an online degree, you are likely to have questions. From program information to details about the application process, we’re here to help you find the answers you need.

Partner with Families of Children with Sensory and Learning Needs

Meet the needs of families with children who have autism and sensory impairments with Lindenwood University’s online Master of Arts in Early Intervention in Autism and Sensory Impairments program. This 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 online degree 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.

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

A Curriculum Designed to Help You Succeed

Our 33-credit-hour early intervention specialist degree 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 impairments.

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Admission Requirements

To apply to our early intervention degree online program, you must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Current résumé
  • Letter of intent, including a personal statement regarding your interest in the program and career goals
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s), as well as official transcript(s) from any graduate school(s) attended with a minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Students with a lower GPA can make an appeal to the Director of Graduate Studies for admission. Please contact your enrollment counselor to discuss further.

What It’s Like to Study Online

Being an online student doesn’t mean that you will sacrifice access to the tools, resources, support, and community that you would have through a traditional on-campus program. In fact, you will still get the college experience — at an affordable price from the comfort of your home.

Find out more about what it’s like to study online at Lindenwood.

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Cost to Attend

We strive to provide a high-quality online education at an affordable price. Our early intervention master’s degree online program is offered at just $495 per credit hour.

In addition, we offer the opportunity to transfer previously earned college credits, financial assistance, and U.S. military benefits.

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Program Outcomes

  • Establish partnerships with the parents and caregivers of young children who have developmental impairments
  • Understand the characteristics of young children with developmental delays or autism spectrum disorder and utilize differential diagnostic tools
  • Use federal and state regulatory procedures and best practices to effectively evaluate and provide direct services to families of children with developmental needs

Career Outlook

Some of the potential career paths you may pursue after earning your early intervention degree online include:

  • Early intervention specialist: $39,933
  • Case manager: $39,896
  • Special education teacher: $59,780
  • Elementary school teacher: $57,980 
  • Preschool teacher: $29,780

Median annual salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked.

An early intervention specialist identifies young children who have autism and sensory impairments and works with families of young children to ensure their success in meeting developmental milestones through home- and center-based programs. They collaborate with the child’s parents to help prevent future delays in development and learning. They may also work with other providers, such as therapists or medical staff.

After you earn your master’s degree, you can pursue a variety of specialized careers within the early intervention, early learning, and birth to grade 3 education fields. This program gives you the skills to become an early intervention specialist, special instructor, family service coordinator, parent trainer for a school district or agency, early learning teacher, case manager, family advocate, parent educator, or non-profit agency counselor. Note that this program does not provide teacher certification.

We allow up to 9 credits for transfer into this master’s degree program. Your credits must come from a regionally accredited university and meet the program’s curriculum requirements, as well as meet GPA requirements.

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