Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization

Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization

This program provides eligible candidates with a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) designated authorization to serve the specific needs of learners with autism. The Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization allows the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction and special education related services to individuals with a primary disability of autism. The authorization is approved by California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

It is limited to the grade and age levels authorized by the prerequisite credential. For example, when the holder of a Specialist Instruction Teaching Credential in Learning Handicapped adds the authorization, the teacher may serve students in grades preschool, K-12, and adults while the holder of an Education Specialist in Mild/Moderate Disabilities who adds the authorization may serve students in grades K-12 through age 22.

The courses taken in the program may also be valuable for enhancing the learning experience for special education students. These types of students are welcome to take individual classes or successfully complete the entire program to receive a certificate of completion for professional development opportunities.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Eligible candidates are those with an appropriate valid CTC designated credential. Questions regarding the eligibility of specific credentials should be directed to the Teacher Accreditation Department at 949-341-9899. Questions regarding schedules, program requirements, and registration should be directed to Extended Education by visiting their web site at or by calling 800-632-0094.

  2. Applicants must complete and submit the Brandman University application. 

  3. Applicants must submit a copy of his/her active CA teaching credential.

Required Courses (12 credits)

EDUU 575 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Etiologies and Characteristics 3
EDUU 675 Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
EDUU 676 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment and Strategies for Success, I 3
EDUU 677 Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessment and Strategies for Success, II 3

No more than 3 credits may be transferred into the ASDA.