Penn State's 12-credit Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Educating Individuals with Autism will provide you with advanced training in the area of autism spectrum disorders and will help you earn continuing education credit in your profession, such as Pennsylvania Act 48 hours.
Course topics include:
- character and learning traits, classification systems, and special emphasis on selecting evidence-based interventions
- applied behavioral analysis, stimulus control, punishment, prompting, fading, generalization, and maintenance as well as other issues affecting persons with autism, and their families
- language development and communication strategies, pragmatics, communication systems, augmentative and alternative communication systems, social deficits in autism, and approaches for teaching skills
- screening, diagnosis, identifying skills in developmental domains, such as sensory, oral motor, and communication
Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement (Optional)
Students enrolling in the certificate also have the option of receiving an ASD Endorsement approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. To receive the ASD Endorsement students must successfully complete the 12-credit certificate as well as participate in integrated practicum field experience requirements. Successful completion of the coursework and practicum will enable candidates to apply to PDE to add the ASD Endorsement on their existing Pennsylvania certificates. Only students with Level I or II certification are eligible for the courses with the additional ASD Endorsement coursework.
Instruction for all of the courses in this program is conducted online. Courses are designed so that you can complete the work from your home or office, making the program convenient and accessible for you as a working professional. Specifically, instructors will deliver content via lectures and interviews on streaming video or DVD, voice-over slides and graphics, and other multimedia technologies. Course content will be supplemented by text and article readings and online activities and quizzes. Students and instructors will communicate primarily via online discussion forums and email.
You will be required to identify an appropriate proctor to administer quizzes and exams as required in each course. Detailed instructions will be included with the course materials.