Did you know that autism has grown 600% since 1991? We at Brandman University know that California’s teachers weren’t trained to manage the epidemic. We have sought to meet that need by launching one of California’s first state-approved Autism Authorization programs.
Our 4 course, 12 unit program provides either a CTC-designated authorization to serve learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders or a Certificate of Competion. Since Brandman classes are after hours and online, teachers can learn new skills and stay where they're needed: in the classroom.
Students may take up to two (2) courses per 8-week session.
Prospective students must possess one of the designated eligible credentials prior to admission.
Note: If your school or district requires a compliance with the CTC's October 1st deadline, you must finish all Autsim Added Authorization coursework by August 31st to allow sufficient time for recommendation processing.
This program is approved by California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
If you need to attach this certificate to your credential, please contact email@example.com or 949-341-9899.
Austim Added Authorization only (Option 1)
Eligible candidates are those with at least one of the valid, CTC-designated credentials on page 128 of the 2012-2013 academic catalog
The course is primarily designed for special educators who desire increased knowledge and skills relative to supporting students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It may be taken in partial completion of an Autism added Authorization and/or the Master in Special Education, emphasis in Autism.
Candidates are introduced to categories of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), the historic foundations and evolution of autism research and practice, and the unique challenges faced by parents, educators, paraprofessionals, administrators and other service providers.
Course content supports an increased awareness of specific interpersonal challenges of students identified along the Autism Spectrum. Candidates will generate goals and objectives appropriate for meeting the academic, behavioral, and transitional needs of children with Autism.
Non-credential holders who are interested in a basic understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) may take this course as a stand-alone introduction to the topic. This may include counselors, psychologists, social workers, community leaders, and others.
The first portion of this course probes into the neurobiological and cognitive issues experienced by individuals with autism, particularly as they apply to program planning and service delivery. Proactive measures for incorporating occupational, physical, and speech therapists into the academic team are also addressed, as well as researched best practices relative to working as part of a multidisciplinary team. Candidates will be provided with a variety of program planning and service delivery options, as well as a range of therapies available to students with autism.
The second portion of this course examines what science does, and does not seem to know about autism. Included in this portion is a look at policies and political issues surrounding ASD, as well as a review of various advocacy groups and other voices in the autism discussion. Myths surrounding several alleged "cures" for autism will also be explored to distinguish fact from fiction. Candidates are required to complete 10 hours of classroom observation of a child with autism. This course may be taken in partial completion of an Autism Certificate, Autism, added Authorization, and/or the Master of Arts in Special Education, emphasis in Autism.
PREREQUISITE: EDUU 575
This course examines the behavioral, developmental, and blended approaches in understanding and modifying the behaviors of autistic students. Candidates will be given an extensive set of skills in assessing, developing, and implementing behavioral interventions in the classroom. The use of Functional Analysis, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Functional Behavior Assessment techniques will be explored. Each Candidate is required to complete 20 hours of supervised field experience specific to her/his area of study. This course may be taken in partial completion of an Autism Certificate, Autism, added Authorization, and/or the Master of Arts in Special Education, emphasis in Autism.
PREREQUISITES: EDUU 575 and EDUU 675
This course covers the evaluation of learning needs for the student with autism spectrum disorder, with an emphasis on resources and best practices for addressing academic issues at all functional levels. Additionally, the course will include guidelines for using a variety of assessment tools to design IEP goals, modifications and adaptations, and classroom strategies. Particular attention will be paid to the needs of students with Asperger's Syndrome general education settings. Each Candidate is required to complete 20 hours of supervised field experience specific to his/her area of study. This course may be taken in partial completion of an Autism Certificate, Autism, added Authorization, and/or the Master of Arts in Special Education, emphasis in Autism.
PREREQUISITES: EDUU 575 , EDUU 675 , and 676