Frequently Asked Questions

What courses are required for this degree?

  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Application of Assessment Information
  • Methods for Moderate to Severe Functioning
  • Methods for High Functioning Learners and Asperger's Syndrome
  • Collaboration and Consultation
  • Advanced Topics in Special Education Law
  • Seminars in Advanced Methods/Practicum
  • Special Education Law for ASD
  • EPR 700: Data –Based Decision Making (Includes Field Experience and School-Based Problem Research Project)
  • EDL 735: Professional Leadership (Includes Field Experience and School-Based Problem Research Project)

How can I receive more information on this program or follow-up with any questions?

Dr. Dahle welcomes opportunities to meet with you about the program. Please contact her at

kbdahle@uab.edu . Telephone conferences can also be arranged.

How will I know I have been accepted to the program?

After acceptance from the graduate school, your file is forwarded to the School of Education. Our Associate Dean, Certification Officer will review your file to ensure your credit hours are still valid and to recommend any courses needed you may need to ensure your teaching certification will be valid for teaching when you graduate. When our Certification Officer has reviewed your file, it is then forwarded to Dr. Dahle and the Program Chair, Dr. Kirkland. You will be contacted by Dr. Dahle if you have not been in on-going contact. You will not be able to register until the certification and program review has been approved.

Are there pre-requisites or additional courses for this degree?

Each potential candidate's record is reviewed for certification recommendation at the completion of your degree. Individually, each person may have pre-requisite courses that can be taken during their Ed.S. Program in ASD. In most cases, this will not extend the length of your program. Some candidates do not take all the courses I the order they are offered. Since the courses are offered once a year, these candidates programs are extended by choice.

What is the length of the program?

Pending pre-requisites, the program courses will take approximately two and one-half years. This includes your practicum. Your practicum is completed in your current working situation and will be individualized to meet your future goals. All leadership

When do courses meet?

Potential candidates are admitted in cohorts each semester. Courses are offered "executive – style" on Friday evenings and Saturdays. To date, our candidates consistently endorse the cohort –style and although there is on-line support for all courses, have requested face to face instruction. As potential leaders in the ASD community, this also permits the faculty and adjuncts to offer opportunities to interact with leaders throughout the state and country, introduce candidates throughout the state in meetings, encourage leadership skills, and the candidates have formed a network across the state.

What tests are required to apply for the program?

In addition to the requirements of the graduate school, all Ed.S. applicants must take the PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II ( as applicable). Both of these assessments are both pedagogically and content - based as required for a special educator to be a "highly qualified" teacher based on state and Federal laws. These tests require passing scores prior to the admission to the Graduate School and unconditional admission to the Collaborative Ed.S. Special Education Program: Autism Spectrum Disorders Concentration. It is our conviction that the state and national assessments in Special Education are the best predictors of potential in the Ed.S. Program as opposed to MAT/GRE scores.

State admission testing requirements in each program vary, but might include these assessments: candidates may not enter their specified program without passing scores.

AECPTV Basic Skills Test

National Exit Testing Requirements are Federal requirements to both obtain teacher certification and meet standards to be "highly qualified"; examples consist of:

  • Praxis II: Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications
  • Praxis II: Principles of Teaching and Learning

If admitted on or after September 2013, the following national tests will replace the Praxis evaluations described above and detailed in the supplements to this proposal:

  • Praxis II: Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
  • National Exit Testing Requirements
  • Praxis II: Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications
  • Praxis II: Principles of Teaching and Learning

Who are the adjunct faculty?

Currently, Dr. Caroline Gomez and Dr. Ashley Perry serve as adjuncts to our program. Both of these professionals are well-known for their expertise, commitment, and inclusion in autism spectrum disorders and their level of involvement in the autism community.

What type of experiences will I have in this program?

This program is student and community – based in conjunction with the National Professional Competencies for Teachers of Autism Spectrum Disorders (CEC). Hours are associated with each course to encompass these opportunities. A field experience handbook is available to candidates which aligns with these teacher competencies and offers multiple opportunities for candidates throughout the state.

What is the tuition?

Tuition varies; see link below. In addition, Dr. Dahle maintains an on-going list of applicable scholarships and grants available to you as well as any available opportunities at UAB.

http://main.uab.edu/Sites/students/32625/