Are you interested in enhancing your abilities to meet the unique needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder?
The Department of Special Education at Lock Haven University offers 12 credits of coursework (100% online) to pursue an Autism Endorsement that aligns with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidelines and the Council for Exceptional Children’s Advanced Preparation standards.
The courses offered through LHU provide educators with additional knowledge and skills to address the complex needs of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in various classroom and school settings. Education professionals achieving this endorsement will have demonstrated competencies related to research-based assessment, intervention, instruction, interagency collaboration and program management for students with ASD. The ASD endorsement will be applicable for those professionals serving students across age/grade levels (preschool through completion of high school) and various ranges of functioning. The endorsement in Autism can serve as a valuable addition to any educator’s credentials.
Embedding both research-based practices and applicable field experience hours, the endorsement courses address core competencies for supporting students with ASD and their families. Field experiences will provide students exposure to designing and providing individualized interventions and instruction for students with ASD, as well as opportunities to observe and participate in assessment processes. In order to apply for the PDE Autism Endorsement, candidates must possess a current Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II certification. Upon successfully completing the 12 credits, candidates are eligible to add the endorsement to their PA instructional certification.
- All courses (12 credits) can be completed in 1-2 years.
- 100% online courses and field experiences are tailored towards the working professional educator.
- 80 hours of field experiences that involve educational and behavioral programming for students with ASD.
- Curriculum is grounded in theories of cognitive, emotional, and social development.
- Program is aligned with PA Department of Education’s Autism Endorsement guidelines and Council for Exceptional Children’s Advanced Preparation standards.
SPEC602: Characteristics and Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders (15 Field Experience
Designed to offer a comprehensive understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders through exploration of characteristics and etiologies. Students will develop and demonstrate an in depth understanding of defining characteristics of and diagnostic criteria for various Autism Spectrum Disorders and other associated disorders.
SPEC612: Collaboration with Families, Agencies, and the Community to Support Individuals
with Autism Spectrum Disorders (15 Field Experience Hours)
Designed to provide students with an advanced level of knowledge and skills to effectively collaborate with families, agencies, and the community to support the educational, social, function, and transition needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Students will examine family systems and address issues that impact family dynamics. Significant emphasis will be on identifying available community resources, designing individual programming, promoting collaborative efforts, leading cross-system planning efforts, and providing professional service leadership activities to teach and mentor others to effectively engage with students with ASD.
SPEC622: Assessment for Instructional Planning for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(25 Field Experience Hours)
Designed to provide students with additional knowledge and skills to effectively conduct assessments and plan instructional programming for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Students will gain an understanding of the legal provisions for current assessment practices relevant to students with ASD. Significant emphasis will be on selecting and implementing appropriate assessment instruments, interpreting data to design and adapt programming, and leading the functional behavior assessment process to identify problematic behaviors.
SPEC632: Instructional Interventions and Methods Across Grade Levels for Autism Spectrum Disorders (25 Field Experience Hours)
Designed to offer a comprehensive understanding of instructional interventions and methods across grade levels for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Students will develop and demonstrate in-depth an understanding related to research driven, evidence-based instructional practices for academic, functional, and occupational skills, as well as communication and social skills instruction.