The coursework for a Certificate in Autism is available both as a stand-alone certificate or an area of emphasis with the Master of Education in Special Education. Either way, the classes are completely online. This certificate allows students to specialize in the area of autism while developing additional skills in working with children with autism spectrum disorders.
The certificate can be taken during a master's or post-baccalaureate certification program, or as a stand-alone certificate. This certificate is designed to enable those in the field to increase their knowledge and understanding of students with a disability in the autism spectrum, including those with Asperger syndrome.
The courses will engage participants in the practice of assessing, planning and implementing programming for this population. A course sequence has been developed to provide solid practice recommendations for this quickly growing need in the area of special education. Planning for the certificate programs has been based on competencies compiled by a committee of Virginia statewide stakeholders with a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
Students will gain information, research and best practice that addresses current needs in the field of special education related to the growing population of students with a disability on the autism spectrum. Students will also gain training that will prepare students to serve as catalysts in schools for the effective education of learners with a disability on the autism spectrum, ability to grow and expand the knowledge and skill levels of a variety of service providers and care givers of those with a disability on the autism spectrum, and knowledge and skills necessary to effectively participate on teams addressing the needs of learners with a disability on the autism spectrum.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
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