Degrees and Requirements

Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement Certification

Purpose: To Provide Pennsylvania certified teachers with the opportunity to add an endorsement focused on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Successful completion of the required 12 credits will allow Pennsylvania certified teachers to apply for the ASD endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education after meeting all competency standards set by the PDE.

Summary of Requirements

Required Courses: 12 credits

  • EDSP5040
    INTRO TO EDUCATION OF PERSONS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER |

    EDSP5040
    INTRO TO EDUCATION OF PERSONS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This introductory course fulfills part of the requirements for those wishing to obtain an ASD Endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is designed to provide students with an overview of characteristics and learning traits, classification systems, assessment strategies/issues, approaches, and interventions related to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Special emphasis is placed on collaboration, adapting instruction and use of evidence based interventions. Specific attention will be devoted to review of the Comprehensive Autism Assessment Planning System and principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Field experiences are embedded in this course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    Graduate Students Only

  • EDSP5045
    ADVANCED STUDIES IN BEHAVIOR |

    EDSP5045
    ADVANCED STUDIES IN BEHAVIOR |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course fulfills part of the requirements for those wishing to obtain an ASD Endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This course provides an in-depth review of applied behavior analytic techniques including: conducting behavioral assessments, completing environmental assessments and making adaptations, designing effective behavior change programs, and applying behavioral procedures consonant with ethical standards. Teachers will learn to apply behavior analytic principles toward the improvement of socially significant behaviors in a wide range of settings as well as to evaluate the effects of behavioral procedures. Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), behavior supports, antecedent management, and encouraging positive alternative behaviors and crisis management will be addressed. Evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies will be emphasized. This course will equip teachers to design instruction and supports in order to encourage positive changes in classroom behavior. Field Experiences are embedded in this course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDSP5040

  • EDSP5050
    COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL SKILLS INSTRUCTION FOR PERSONS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER|

    EDSP5050
    COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL SKILLS INSTRUCTION FOR PERSONS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course on communication and social skills instruction fulfills part of the requirements for those wishing to obtain an ASD Endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It addresses normal language and communication development and the language development of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Teachers will examine the language-behavior connection, how language delays can lead to social incompetence, and how language can be supplemented with augmentative and alternative interventions. Specific research validated instructional strategies focusing on the assessment and development of social and academic language skills are emphasized. This course explores assistive technology as a research supported tool to improve access to and participation in the general education curriculum. In addition, students will integrate assistive technology in lesson planning to meet students' individual needs. Field experiences are embedded in this course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDSP5040

  • EDSP5055
    ADVANCED TOPICS FOR PERSONS WITHAUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER: CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION|

    EDSP5055
    ADVANCED TOPICS FOR PERSONS WITHAUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER: CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course on advanced issues related to autism fulfills part of the requirements for those wishing to obtain an ASD Endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition to completing a field experience upon completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the variety of programming options available to children and families, discuss non-traditional methods and interventions related to past and present etiologies and treatments of autism including efficacy research; complete research on social skills programs for students with an ASD in order to be able to advocate for social skills programming; complete an intervention assessment tool and create specially designed instruction for a student on the spectrum, and additionally reflect on issues that affect both children with the diagnosis and their families. Field experiences are embedded in this course.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDSP5045