Special Education - ASD

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Master's degree – Special Education in ASD

Head of Program: Prof. Nirit Bauminger-Tzviely 

Email: nirit.bauminger@biu.ac.il





Studies in the Special Education in ASD program provide students with expertise in theoretical and practical knowledge when working with students on the autism spectrum. The program accredits an M.A. degree with a certificate indicating completion of studies in Special Education with a specialization in autism.

The program is designed for special education teachers, educational counselors, therapy professionals, special education counselors, and graduates of a bachelor's degree in similar fields such as psychology, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and social work. Experience with children with autism is required.


Framework of Studies

The duration of studies is two years (four semesters). Students have the option of extending to five semesters.

Courses are taught on Sundays during the first year of study and Thursdays during the second year of study. An additional half-day should be allocated for methodological courses to take place in the afternoon hours during one of the years.

(Curriculum and days of study are subject to change for the 2020-2021 academic year)


Students study theoretical courses on subjects such as diagnosis and intervention, neurological characteristics in autism, socio-emotional functioning, sensorimotor characteristics, communication-language functioning, and dynamics in work with parents.


In the practicum course, students focus on practical training in therapeutic-educational work with school-age children on the autism spectrum. Training focuses on the following:

  • Social-emotional-communicative functioning including the intervention program "Ani Bi'Kvutza"
  • Models for successive intervention such as cognitive-behavioral intervention
  • Remedial instruction adapted to children on the autism spectrum, cognitive and academic functioning
  • Treatment of behavioral problems
  • Sensory profiles and their impact on processes of social interaction

Click to see the curriculum for the 2019-2020 academic year (1st year) (Hebrew)

Click to see the curriculum for the 2019-2020 academic year (2nd year) (Hebrew)


Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must be graduates of a bachelor's degree in Special Education or in similar fields or fields of therapy and paramedical care such as psychology, brain sciences, behavioral sciences, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, etc. with the average grade of 87 or above from an accredited university or college.
  • At least two years of experience in special education – autism
  • Recommendations- Academic recommendation and letter of recommendation from an employer
  • Successfully pass an interview


Application process

  1.  Applicants must register through the online registration form or by purchasing a registration kit from the Aakdemon store on campus (building 107). 

After registering, the following documents must be sent to the M.A. Committee office:

  • Graduation certificate – official and original (should include the stamp of the accredited university or establishment, signature, and establishment logo)
  • An updated curriculum vida (CV)
  • Photograph of Israeli identity card (Te'udat Zehut)

Address: M.A. Admissions Committee, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002

  1. Two recommendations must be sent – a letter of recommendation from an employer and an academic recommendation (students who completed their degree requirements beyond the two year period can instead submit two letters of recommendation letters from an employer).
    1. Academic recommendation form (Hebrew) - Recommendations from a lecturer in an academic course (preferably a seminar course.
    2. Letter of recommendation from an employer (Hebrew) - Recommendation from a professional who knows the candidate from field experience.

The recommendations must arrive at the School of Education, the secretariat for M.A. studies directly from the person providing the recommendation and not from the applicant and in one of the following formats:

Email: Toar2.Edu@biu.ac.il

Fax: 03-738-4123

Mail: Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 5290002, School of Education, M.A. studies

(Applicants must note their personal details on the back of the recommendation forms which the recommenders fill out)


An invitation to an interview is dependent on the completion of registration and confirmation of receiving the abovementioned forms by the university.

Applicants who are eligible will be invited to an interview

The above mentioned are the minimum requirements and do not guarantee acceptance


For more information, please refer to the program secretariat: meytal.goldberger@biu.ac.il

Tel: 03-531-8456

Fax: 03-738-4123

Telephone reception hours Sunday through Thursday: 10: 30-11: 30 and 13: 30-14: 30

Reception hours on Sunday, Wednesday between the hours of 11: 30-14: 00 and on Mondays, Thursdays between 8:30 and 10:30.

On Tuesdays, there is no reception