Teacher as Leader in Autism Spectrum Disorder Concentration

The Teacher as Leader in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Concentration provides innovative applied research and instructional experiences to meet the unique needs of students with ASD.

Why Earn an M.Ed. in Teacher as Leader in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Maryland, like the rest of the nation, is experiencing a severe shortage of teachers of students with ASD. The Teacher as Leader in ASD M.Ed. program offers advanced training for professionals with certification in special education or a related field, such as psychology, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and social work.

The program offers you:

  • knowledge and leadership skills you’ll need to understand core areas of impairment
  • opportunities to engage in and apply evidence-based practices in instructional and classroom management strategies
  • support from a cohort of fellow Towson graduate students who are experienced teachers
  • experienced faculty-mentors committed to your success
  • strategies for collaborating and engaging with families, communities and public/private agencies
  • experience learning how to use innovative technology and training in the implementation of University Design for Learning to reach all

Graduates are prepared to be leaders in their school communities, with expert knowledge in the area of effective educational practices for students with ASD and strategies to partner with and empower families.

View admission and degree requirements and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog

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Program Advantages

Hands-on Approach

Each course in the Teacher as Leader in ASD program provides hands-on experience via an “application project” that provides implementation experience and reflection of teaching and leadership practices as related to ASD.

On-Campus Cohort

We currently have an on-campus cohort for professionals who are working in the school setting (public or non-public) with students with ASD.

Convenient Off-Campus Locations

This program is also offered to school system employees through the Towson Learning Network in the following counties: 

  • Baltimore County
  • Carroll County
  • Harford County
  • Howard County

If you are currently teaching in one of these counties and would like more information about applying to the program, please contact:

Barbara Clark
Administration Building, 2nd Floor

For information about an on-campus cohort or cohorts in additional counties, please contact the program director.



Contact Information

Katherine Holman
Graduate Program Director
Dr. Katherine Holman
Psychology Building
Room 311