The Autism Certificate offers the coursework and practicum relevant to professionals in order to work effectively with children and youth diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The coursework is designed to develop and enhance effective educational practices to support educators, school districts, and community-based organizations. Practicum hours in each course are designed to help students understand the connections between coursework and the direct work with children and youth with autism.
This 12-credit certificate has been approved by the PA Department of Education as an Autism Endorsement. This credential can be earned by certified professionals who demonstrate knowledge in an area of need, and it is added to existing teaching certifications upon PDE approval.
Arcadia students can apply to the Autism Certificate alone, or they can earn additional credits to complete a master’s degree, with school approval and confirmed admission into the selected program.
Teacher Certification Interstate Agreements Information
Pennsylvania has signed the Interstate Agreement (NASDTEC) with most other states/jurisdictions based upon mutually agreed-upon conditions. The contract provides for acceptance of state-approved educator preparation programs between certain states to facilitate educator mobility. All jurisdictions that participate in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement may choose to have additional requirements for educators who are coming from another jurisdiction.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE TEACHER CANDIDATES: Each state is responsible for its own certification/licensure requirements, which may change without notice to NASDTEC or your university's certification officers or your state's office of certification. You must contact the office of certification in any state to which you may be relocating to get the most accurate information on certification requirements.
The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement facilitates the mobility of educators among the states and other jurisdictions that are members of NASDTEC and have signed the Agreement. Although there may be conditions applicable to individual jurisdictions, the Agreement makes it possible for an educator who completed an approved program and/or who holds a certificate or license in one jurisdiction to earn a certificate or license in another state or jurisdiction. For a full explanation of the agreement, participating states, and a review of specific state-by-state requirements visit the webpage for the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).