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2014 TASN Summer Instititute (June 9-13)

2014 TASN Summer Instititute (June 9-13)

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For questions regarding the program, please contact:

Name: Dr. Terri Cooper Swanson
Email: tswanson@pittstate.edu
Phone: (913) 730-7702

Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

If you're seeking autism certification in the Kansas City metropolitan area, PSU's KC Metro Center offers the Certificate in Autism Disorders, a 15-18 credit hour autism certification program. Autism certification is available to those who complete a graduate program of study in Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program of study is a joint effort by Pittsburg State University, Fort Hays State University, and the Kansas State Department of Education. The program will be made available throughout Kansas in an effort to make autism certification easier to pursue for Midwestern learners.

Call (913) 730-7702 to learn more about our autism certification program!


Online Autism Certification in Kansas

Autism certification coursework will be offered through a combination of Interactive Television (ITV) and online learning, and will be offered at four to six sites in Kansas. Site locations change each year depending on need and request. Our autism certification program can be completed in one year. The program begins in the fall of each year and ends the following summer.

This program has two different types of autism certification, depending on the type of autism students wish to study:

  • Single Autism Certification - Students earning an autism certificate in "classic" autism or high functioning autism/Asperger syndrome will take a total of 15 credit hours. Courses will consist of three required courses (9 credit hours), one specialty course (3 credit hours), and three hours of electives.

  • Dual Autism Certification - Students earning a dual certificate in "classic" autism and high functioning autism/Asperger syndrome will take a total of 18 credit hours. Courses will consist of three required courses (9 credit hours), two specialty courses (6 credit hours), and three hours of electives.

For more information about the autism certification program, call (913) 730-7702 or visit our FAQ page.


Autism Certification Program Outline

The following courses will be required for the autism certification program:

  • SPED 812: Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)

  • SPED 814: Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for School and Community (3)

  • SPED 750: Assessment in Special Education (3)

Autism Certification Specialty Courses - High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome or Classic Autism Strand (choose one or both)

  • SPED 821: Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for

  • Building Social Relationships (HFA/AS) (3)

  • SLP 869 CC: Topics in SLP/AUD: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Social-Communication Issues (classic autism) (Students will enroll at FHSU and transfer the course to PSU) (3)

Autism Certification Electives - Autism certification electives will vary from year to year

  • SPED 822: Seminar is Special Education Law (3)

  • SPED 823: Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Inclusive Classroom (2)

  • SPED 827: Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Understanding

  • Sensory Processing Issues (1)

  • SPED 829: Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Issues in Transition (3)

  • SPED 747: The Kansas Instructional Support Network Training Series (1)

  • SPED 748: PSU Summer Autism Workshops (0.5 - 3)


Is Autism Certification at the KC Metro Center Right for You?

We work with a wide range of students, from those interested in a flexible degree program to those seeking to balance their courses with current employment. The PSU KC Metro Center provides the autism certification program that is right for you. We make sure you select the program that helps you reach your goals.

To learn more about autism certification through Pittsburg State University's KC Metro Center, call (913) 730-7702 to connect with us.