Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders

This course provides practical strategies, specialized and scaffolded instruction techniques for working with children diagnosed with ranging Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Courses Overview

In this course, participants will be familiarized with autism spectrum disorders including high and low functioning autism, asperger syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder. Participants will learn interventions from a systems perspective, an overview of IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), least restrictive environment, and other lawful mandates. 

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Approximately 45 hours

Up to 3 months to complete coursework

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Ways to Learn



3 PDUs

Graduate Level Professional Development Credits

Key Features

Online and self-paced   |   Earn graduate-level professional development credits for salary advancement

Gain practical teaching strategies    |    Create an action plan for children with autism disorders

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to

  • Become familiar with each disorder and offered key structures for
    potentially recognizing specific disorders
  • Explore interventions from a systems perspective, which include therapeutic, educational and overview of selected medial interventions currently in use
  • Understand lawful mandates
  • Gain practical strategies, specialized and scaffolded instruction in general education classrooms (elementary and secondary) designed for children with ranging autism disorders

Course Topics:

  • Evaluation of children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Practical instructional strategies individualized for children with autism disorders
  • Instructional strategies within Common Core curriculum 
  • Legal requirements in serving children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Communication between key stakeholders



Recommended Courses 
Students will gain a deeper understanding of Autism by taking additional courses:

Who Should Enroll?

  • PreK-12 teachers
  • Teacher candidates
  • School administrators
  • Para-educators    

Earn your credit in 3 simple steps

Step 1
Register online.

Step 2
Complete the course.

Step 3
Receive credits and obtain an official transcript.


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What are Graduate-level Professional Development Credits?

Graduate-level professional development credits are not part of a degree program but instead are primarily used for professional advancement such as salary increment steps and recertification. Students should seek approval from appropriate district officials before enrolling in these courses.

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