Program Overview

Autism is a growing concern for families and educators as rates of diagnosis rise: According to the Centers and Disease Control, 1 in 68 children have been identified with the disorder, which occurs across all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines.

To meet this expanding need, Saint Joseph’s University offers certifications for educators at different educational backgrounds and professional outcomes. The abilities and challenges of each individual with autism spectrum disorder are unique, so these certifications provide a comprehensive education in topics such as behavior analysis and social skills development to prepare you to assist and empower members of this population.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder endorsement is a post-master’s program designed for educators. The curriculum consists of four courses that provide a thorough foundation in the principles, ethics, and methods of best practices in ASD education for individuals of all ages. It promotes teaching skills that fill a growing demand in the special education field for qualified professionals who can provide specialized services for students with ASD. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has officially endorsed this program, signifying that it meets state standards for teaching education in this area.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Requirements

    • Must be a licensed teacher
    • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    • Official transcripts
    • Current resume
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Personal Statement
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work

    This program is designed to meet certification guidelines for teachers licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. Teachers and prospective students should inquire with their state licensing agency prior to enrollment.

    School Overview

    Saint Joseph’s University is a comprehensive, internationally recognized university located on the edge of metropolitan Philadelphia, with students from across the country and around the world, both online and on campus. Saint Joseph's University is regionally accredited — the highest level of accreditation a traditional college or university can obtain — by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Our national rankings and AACSB accreditation in the Haub School indicate the high quality of our undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs.

    For 160 years, Saint Joseph’s University has helped men and women prepare for their professional lives by providing a rigorous Jesuit education that incorporates the Ignatian credo of cura personalis, or care of the entire person.  Guided by a faculty committed to both teaching and scholarship, a Saint Joseph’s education challenges and expands knowledge, deepens understanding, emphasizes critical thinking and communication, fosters the development of moral and spiritual character, and builds enduring pride.

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