Autism Education

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Program Description

This is a valid endorsement through the GaPSC. In addition, candidates who complete the certificate program may transfer up to 9 credit hours as part of the electives for the M.Ed. in Special Education or Ed.S. in Special Education. 

The purpose of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement is to prepare teachers to meet the needs of students with autism. According to the National Center for Disease Control (2018) an average of 1 in 54 children has an autism spectrum disorder, a number that has increased tremendously in the last decade. 

Program of Study

INED 7775 Nature of Autism: Theory & Educational Practices (Summer. 3 credit hours) 
This course is designed to familiarize the learner with an overview of characteristics, etiology, empirical based treatments, and prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Additionally, this course aims to inform participants with the knowledge and skill to effectively facilitate a learning environment in which individuals with ASD are successful. Effective teaching strategies, classroom organization, and collaborating with professionals and families will be introduced, evaluated, and discussed.

INED 7776 Assessment & Diagnosis of Individuals with Autism (field component) (Fall. 3 credit hours) 

This course is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze the process of assessing and diagnosing individuals with autism. Participants will be introduced to strategies and skills that are needed for conducting on going classroom based-assessments. By the end of the course participates will be able to interpret assessment data and translate it into meaningful educational interventions and progress monitoring. This course contains a field component.

INED 7720 Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (field component) (Spring. 3 credit hours) 
This course focuses on developing skills in implementing proactive strategies for positive behavior and academic supports. Basic application of culturally responsive school-wide positive behavior support strategies, individualized behavioral supports, and positive classroom support strategies are emphasized. Candidates will apply research-based principles and strategies through an application project while working in the field with a student with challenging behaviors. 

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The purpose of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement is to prepare teachers to meet the needs of students with autism. According to the National Center for Disease Control (2013) an average of 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder, a number that has increased tremendously in the last decade.

This fully online certificate is specifically designed to meet the ever-increasing need for specialized preparation to meet the needs of students on the autism spectrum. This stand-alone certificate does not lead to certification; however, candidates who complete the certificate program may transfer up to 9 credit hours as part of the electives for the M.Ed. in Special Education.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines 

  1. Completed online Graduate Application
  2. $60 non-refundable application processing fee*
  3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. If the institution is outside the U.S., an international credential evaluation will be required.
  4. Bachelor's degree from a Regionally Accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75
  5. Additional requirements by program

*Application fee may vary by program
**For doctoral programs, please complete a new application

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For more information please email us at educ_grad@kennesaw.edu.

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