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Autism Endorsement Online (ASD Endorsement)

This Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement provides training and experiences to provide educational services for students with various autism spectrum disorders. Learn more!

  • The Autism Endorsement Program

    The Saint Francis University Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Endorsement is designed for candidates interested in completing a competency-based sequence of courses at a baccalaureate degree level or higher. This autism endorsement provides an additional level of specific training and experiences for professional who provide educational services for the population of students presenting with various autism spectrum disorders.

    This important ASD endorsement allows professional educators to address the complex needs of students with autism in various classroom and school settings, all wile learning online. Education professionals achieving the autism endorsement online will have demonstrated competencies related to research–based assessment, intervention, instruction, and program management for student with ASD. Students will gain the knowledge and experience necessary to work with family members with ASD and the broader community. (from the PDE guidelines)

    This one year, autism endorsement online program is 12 credits and requires a total of 80 hours of field experiences integrated into the program. 

    Saint Francis University has been authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to offer the PDE Autism Spectrum Endorsement. A candidate who is Instructional I or II certified through PDE will receive an endorsement on their certificate upon successful completion of the program. The autism endorsement is not a substitution for a certification in Special Education. Those candidates who do not have a state-issued instructional certificate will receive a certificate from SFU upon successful completion of the program.

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  • Two tracks:

    1. Professional: candidates for the professional track must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in one of the following fields (not limited to): PT, OT, PA, Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology or Behavior Specialist.
    2. PDE Endorsement: candidates must have an Instructional I or Instructional II certificate through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • Admission Requirements

    Candidates for the ASD endorsement must complete the following materials for consideration of acceptance for this endorsement program.

    • Application and $30 application fee made payable to Saint Francis University
    • Two letters of professional recommendation
    • A minimum undergraduate and/or graduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required.
    • Copy of Instructional I or Instructional II certificate for candidates pursuing endorsement through PDE. 
    • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work completed.
    • Clearances must all be current at the time of program initiation and copies submitted.
      • Act 34-PA State Criminal Background Check
      • Act 151-PA Child Abuse Clearance
      • FBI Clearance
      • TB Test
      • Sexual Misconduct Certification
      • Act 24-Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form
      • Act 126-Mandate Report Training
    Endorsement Course Requirements

    Endorsement Course Requirements

    • EDUC420/527 Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • EDUC434/534 Sensory Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • EDUC535 Applied Behavior Analysis/Verbal Behavior
    • EDUC536 Instructional Methodologies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Course Catalog Major Requirements

    Courses listed in the 400-series should be registered by undergraduate students and courses listed in the 500-series should be registered by students who already have earned a bachelor's degree and are pursuing the Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement.

    Certification Requirements

    Certification Requirements

    • PDE Endorsement: Students must have successfully completed all requirements of the endorsement program prior to completing the TIMS online application for endorsement approval. There is a fee to add this endorsement to an already existing Instructional certificate.
    • SFU certificate: Candidates who do not have a state issued Instructional certificate will receive a certificate from SFU upon successful completion of the program.

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