This program is designed for teachers, parents, and other professionals to gain additional expertise in the area of autism spectrum disorders. Courses cover the causes and characteristics of ASD, instructional strategies and educational approaches, behavior management, and collaborating with home, school, and community partners who provide educational services for students with ASD. Through coursework and embedded field experiences, participants have the knowledge and skills to meet the educational needs of these students.
The Autism Authorization will allow holders of Levels I and II Mild/Moderate and other credentials to work with K-12 students (up through age 22) with autism spectrum disorders. The Added Authorization in ASD is required by CTC for teachers who (1) work with students with autism spectrum disorders; and (2) have any of the following credentials:
- Level I or Level II Mild/Moderate credential
- Level I or Level II Deaf and Hard of Hearing credential
- Level I or Level II Visual Impairments credential
- Level I or Level II Physical and Health Impairments credential
- Old Learning Handicapped (LH), Physical Handicaps (PH), Communication Handicaps (CH), Visual Handicaps (VH) credentials (Ryan)
Teachers in the above categories do not need the Added Authorization unless they are specifically working with (or want to be qualified to work with) students with autism spectrum disorders, or if required for employment. The AASE remains valid as long as the prerequisite credential remains valid. Note: Teachers who do not have any of the credentials listed above are not authorized by CTC to earn the Added Authorization. However, you are most welcome to take any or all of the courses, and you may earn a Certificate of Completion (issued by Cal Poly Pomona) upon satisfactory completion of all three courses.