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The Autism Spectrum Disorders certificate at Minnesota State University-Mankato gives students the chance to pursue careers in the Special Education field with a focus of autism. Students will learn how to become teachers that provide the best care and education to a variety of children with disorders while gaining a broad base of skills. The ASD program is offered on the licensure and the non-licensure tracks, the latter being for students outside of the special education field. In order to enter this program, students must have a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.0.
The certificate has two prerequisite courses: Behavior Management and Learning Environments for Diverse Learners, and Introduction to Psychology and Education of Exceptional Children and Youth. Students who are licensed teachers outside of Elementary Education must also take a course in reading. For the autism core courses, students will take classes on topics such as special education, clinical procedures, age transitions, and technology.
For individuals wishing to earn a license in teaching, there are several prerequisite courses required for the Initial Teacher Licensure track that include topics on learning and development, inclusive classrooms, pedagogy, and literacy methods. The actual licensure courses involve classes on program design, medical and community supports, and graduate seminars; these courses total 14 credits. Those who do not wish to pursue the licensure track have 11 credits to complete (besides the core courses) and do not need to have the prerequisite education courses.
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