The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in every 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, with an estimated 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide affected. The need for professionals trained in this specialized area has significantly increased.

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement offers educators, school psychologists, counselors, and other professionals coursework and practicum to work effectively with children and youth diagnosed with ASD. The 12-credit, fully-online program is designed to develop and enhance effective educational, assessment, and collaborative practices to support educators, school districts, and community organizations. A total of 80 hours (20 hours per class) of field practicum working with individuals with ASD is required.

Those seeking PA Department of Education (PDE) endorsement are required to hold a Level I or II certification and must successfully complete the following courses:

  • SPED 590  Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • SPED 591 Applied Behavior Analysis Basic Principles (3)
  • SPED 592 Advanced Interventions and Instruction in ASD (3)
  • SPED 593 Family-School Intervention (3) 

Those who do not hold Level I or II certification will not receive PDE endorsement but a certificate of completion will be issued after satisfactorily completing the ASD program.