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Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program

Building Better Educators

The Endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders -- Certificate of Advanced Study program is offered both online and on-ground at the Moon campus.

The program meets the needs and interests of teachers and administrators who have the desire to increase their knowledge in working with students on the Autism Spectrum, including but not limited to general and special educators, school psychologists, principals, guidance counselors, speech and language clinicians, occupational and physical therapists, and reading specialists.

Why Choose RMU for your Certification Program?

Students holding an Instructional I or II Pennsylvania teaching certificate can earn a Pennsylvania Endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders by completing requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for field hours working with students on the autism spectrum. The required hours may be completed in a variety of instructional settings and are integrated with all coursework. There is no state required examination for endorsement.

Building Better EducatorsThe Endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders -- Certificate of Advanced Study program is offered both online and on-ground at the Moon campus.

The program meets the needs and interests of teachers and administrators who have the desire to increase their knowledge in working with students on the Autism Spectrum, including but not limited to general and special educators, school psychologists, principals, guidance counselors, speech and language clinicians, occupational and physical therapists, and reading specialists.

Why Choose RMU for your Certification Program?

Students holding an Instructional I or II Pennsylvania teaching certificate can earn a Pennsylvania Endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders by completing requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for field hours working with students on the autism spectrum. The required hours may be completed in a variety of instructional settings and are integrated with all coursework. There is no state required examination for endorsement.

Course Descriptions

SPED6055: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
This course provides an overview of characteristics, assessment, and teaching strategies for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Current issues related to etiology, diagnosis, prevalence, prioritizing areas of teaching, environmental arrangements, and evidence based practices will be discussed. Special emphasis is placed on the use of Comprehensive Autism Assessment Tool and principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. Field experiences are embedded in this course.


SPED6060: Advanced Studies in Behavior
This course was developed to provide the future special educator with the skills for utilizing positive behavior supports in the management of their learning environment. By studying the causes of behaviors, future teachers will have a deeper understanding of how to prepare their students with self-determination skills and how to reduce challenging behaviors. The class will examine research-based/teacher-tested procedures, strategies, and discipline models. Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), behavior supports, antecedent management, and encouraging positive alternative behaviors will be addressed. Effective prevention and intervention strategies will be emphasized. This course will equip the aspiring teacher to design instruction and supports in order to encourage positive changes in classroom behavior.


SPED6070: Communication and Special Education: Instructional Methods & Practices
This course addresses normal language and communication development and the language development of students with exceptional needs. Students will examine the language-literacy connection or the impact of language and language delays in reading and writing. Specific research validated instructional strategies focusing on the assessment and development of social and academic language skills are emphasized. This course explores assistive technology as a research supported tool to improve access to and participation in the general education curriculum. In addition, students will examine assistive technology and secondary transition. Students will integrate assistive technology in lesson planning to meet students’ individual needs.


SPED6075: Advanced Studies in Autism Spectrum Disorders
This course on advanced issues related to autism fulfills part of the requirements for those wishing to obtain an ASD Endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition to completing a field experience upon completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the variety of programming options available to children and families, discuss non-traditional methods and interventions related to past and present etiologies and treatments of autism including efficacy research; complete research on social skills programs for students with an ASD in order to be able to advocate for social skills programming; complete an intervention assessment tool and create specially designed instruction for a student on the spectrum, and additionally reflect on issues that affect both children with the diagnosis and their families.


For More Information, Contact:

Dr. Richard Fuller, D.Ed. 

Department Head, Education
Professor of Education
School of Education & Social Sciences

fuller@rmu.edu
412-397-6029 Phone
412-397-6044 Fax
Nicholson Center 458
Moon Campus
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