Graduates of this online program are ready to serve individuals with autism in a variety
of settings including:
State and private institutions
Human service agencies
You'll gain an understanding in:
History, characteristics and theories associated with the spectrum.
Programs and methods that are most commonly applied in practice with persons with
ASD or are most frequently discussed in professional literature.
Chronic stressors experienced by caregivers and family members of persons with ASD.
Career/vocational options as related to the transition from high school through adult
Legal issues related to the provision of lifelong supports for persons with ASD.
Role and future of medicine and interventions for persons with ASD, including issues
related to conducting wellness examinations, medication treatments available and treatments
What can I do with an autism spectrum disorder certificate?
An Autism Spectrum Disorder certificate gives you the skills you need, including:
Our graduates have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
Abbott & Burckhart Therapy
American Airlines Group, Inc.
Anne Carlsen Center
Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Courses
SPED 460. Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder. 3 Credits.
This is the introductory course in a sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on autism spectrum disorder. Its central purpose is to encourage parents and caregivers of individuals with autism spectrum disorder to engage in reflective thinking about and critical analysis of the many and varied issues, e.g., identification, educational placement, effective treatments, vocational training, related to the provision of quality lifelong supports for these individuals. Prerequisites: Completed degree from a related field of study, or seniors who have completed T&L 315, and are completing an undergrad degree from a related field of study. F,S.
SPED 461. Methods for Autism Spectrum Disorder. 3 Credits.
This is a required course in a sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Its central purpose is to address commonly implemented intervention strategies, particularly those considered to be evidence based or research supported in the field of ASD. This course examines the current literature base supporting various interventions and strategies with a focus on matching the needs and strengths of individuals with ASD to the most appropriate intervention method based on data driven practice and research support for a particular intervention. F,S.
SPED 467. ASD Assessment. 3 Credits.
This course is a required course in a sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). This course will address the entire process of program planning for students with ASD including screening, evaluative assessment, ongoing assessment, using assessment to guide intervention planning, and monitoring progress. Students will explore a variety of methods and tools commonly used with individuals with ASD; specifically standardized assessments, checklists, rating scales, structured observation tools, and curricular based assessments. Its central focus is on assessing the ongoing needs and strengths of individuals with ASD in order to plan successful interventions in further differentiating instruction. F,S.
SPED 462. Autism Spectrum Disorder: Supports Across the Lifespan. 3 Credits.
This course is in a sequence of interdisciplinary courses focusing on autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Issues related to parental reactions to diagnosis, stressors at home and school, strategies for empowering families, transitional situations for individuals with ASD, transitions to jobs and college, and legal issues will be explored. The central purpose of the course is threefold: a) to provide current information related to the chronic stressors experienced by caregivers for and family members of persons with ASD, b) to provide current information regarding career/vocational options related to transition from high school through adult life, e.g., young adults, middle-aged adults, older adults, and c) to provide current information regarding legal issues related to the provision of lifelong supports for persons with ASD. F.
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