The 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 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. It will allow professional educators holding this endorsement to address the complex needs of students with ASD in various classroom and school settings. Education professionals achieving this endorsement 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, 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. Candidates who are Instructional I or II certified through PDE will receive an endorsement on their certificate upon successful completion of the program. The 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.
Two tracks: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.
PDE Endorsement - candidates must have an Instructional I or Instructional II certificate through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Candidates for the Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement must complete the following materials for consideration of acceptance for this endorsement program.
EDUC420/527 Autism Spectrum DisordersEDUC434/534 Sensory Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum DisordersEDUC535 Applied Behavior Analysis/Verbal BehaviorEDUC536 Instructional Methodologies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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.
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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