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 Completion. 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.
The Autism Spectrum Disorders added Authorization (ASDA) authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education related services to individuals with a primary disability of autism as defined in subsection 300.8(c)(1) of Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart A, across the continuum of special education program options at the grade and age levels authorized by the prerequisite credential required in (a)(1).
Prospective students must possess one of the designated eligible credentials prior to admission.
This program is approved by California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to students who do not have an appropriate credential or do not need the added authorization but who wish to better understand students with autism and learn effective teaching strategies. Admission is not required for those completing the certificate.
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 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