The Certificate in Autism Disorders is a 15-18 credit hour certification program for 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, and will be made available throughout Kansas.
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. The course begins in the fall of each year and ends the following summer.
This program has two different types of certification:
- Single Certification - Students earning a 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 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.
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The following courses will be required for the 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)
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)
Electives - 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)