The Graduate Program in Education is pleased toto offer our Autism Spectrum Disorder program, an official Pennsylvania Department of Education endorsement.
Research from the Center for Disease Control estimates that one in every 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This represents a rise in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) from 2009 (one in every 88 children). Corresponding with the rapid increase of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders is a strong demand for skilled teachers and educational support professionals to develop effective learning and behavioral interventions for this population of school-age children.
Neumann University offers a four-course (12-credit) autism spectrum disorder endorsement that focuses on appropriate assessment and research-based strategies with an emphasis on skill development and behavioral modification for students of all ages who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. This endorsement program may be completed in as few as two semesters and may be applied to continuing education units, such as Act 48, needed by practicing teachers.
~ Must have a current Level I or Level II certificate
~ Must complete 4 courses (12 credits) including field experience
~ Upon completion, must apply to the PDE for the endorsement
The endorsement may also be completed as an added concentration within the M.S. in Special Education graduate program.
This endorsement is designed for certified school personnel and any individuals who possess interest in expanding their skills and knowledge in this area.