Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization

Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization

This program provides either a CTC-designated authorization to serve learners with autism spectrum disorders or a Certificate of Completion. Only students holding the required credential prior to admission will earn the added authorization. 

Program Overview

The Autism Spectrum Disorders added Authorization (ASDA) authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, deliver instruction and provide special-education related services to individuals with a primary disability of autism. For those students without the required credential, a certificate of completion will be awarded – no admission to a degree program is required. This program is approved by California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

As a student, you will:

  • Be required to hold one of the eligible credentials prior to admission for the added authorization program.
  • Complete these courses after hours and online, without having to miss classroom time. 
  • Learn to better understand students with autism and learn effective teaching strategies.

TO APPLY:

Please note that admissions requirements for the Autism Spectrum Disorders added Authorization are different than those for other credentials and certificates.

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 Brandman's School of Extended Education at 800-632-0094.

The course is primarily designed for special educators who desire increased knowledge and skills relative to supporting students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It may be taken as a stand-alone course, or in partial completion of an Autism Certificate, Autism, added Authorization, and/or the Master of Arts 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. Candidates are required to complete 5 hours of observation of a child with autism

This course probes 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 addressed, as well as researched best practices relative to working as part of a multidisciplinary team. Candidates will be provided with a variety of assessment, program planning and service delivery options, as well as a range of therapies available to students with autism. The roles of the classroom environment and family as support systems, including the area of sibling issues, are addressed. Candidates are required to complete 5 hours of observation of a child with autism. This course may be taken in partial completion of an Autism Certificate, 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 5 hours of observation of a child with autism. This course may be taken in partial completion of an Autism Certificate, 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 5 hours of 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.

Candidates are required to develop and electronically submit an end-of-program Exit Portfolio for the Autism Spectrum Added Authorization program. Specific information is available in Blackboard, Organizations, Autism Spectrum Disorder Portfolio requirements. Candidates are encouraged to collect artifacts from each course in the program sequence for inclusion in the Exit Portfolio.

PREREQUISITES: EDUU 575 , EDUU 675 , and 676

* A grade of B- or higher must be earned in each course in this program. 

SCHEDULE:

  • EDUU 575 – Fall II, Spring II, Summer II
  • EDUU 675 – Fall I, Spring I, Summer I
  • EDUU 676 – Fall II, Spring II, Summer II
  • EDUU 677 – Fall I, Spring I, Summer I

Courses must be taken in the order listed above beginning with EDUU 575.  

TUITION:

  • $525 per course
  • $120 LiveText Membership (one-time fee)

COURSE CREDIT:

  • 3 graduate credits per course

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