Arcadia's 12-credit certificate has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as an Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement Program. This credential can be earned by certified professionals who demonstrate knowledge in the area of teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and is added to existing teaching certifications upon PDE approval.
The coursework develops and enhances effective educational practices to support educators, school districts, and community-based organizations. Practicum hours in each course help students make connections between coursework content and interaction with children and youth with autism.
Students can attain the Autism Endorsement Certificate alone, or they can earn additional credits to complete a master’s degree, with school approval and confirmed admission into the selected program.
This certificate is offered fully online and in a hybrid format at the School of Continuing Studies in King of Prussia Campus.
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The following program-specific requirements must be met:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better.
An official transcript for each college or university attended.
A graduate admission application including personal statements, to be completed online.
Two letters of recommendation. The letters must be of a professional not personal nature. If the student has been out of school five years or fewer, the letters must come from a professor.
A background in education, psychology, communication disorders, or another related discipline is recommended.
Students can take a course before formal application and matriculation into the program, but they should apply for admission into the certificate program before taking a second course. Taking a course does not guarantee admission into the program.
The Graduate Certificate Program requires four (4) courses, for a total of 12 credits. All courses in this program include a 20-hour practicum, and students must present clearances before completing this requirement.
All courses are offered online and most courses are offered in a blended format at the King of Prussia Campus. Each course requires a 20-hour practicum.
ED660 Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Course Hour Analysis for Pennsylvania Behavior Specialist License. [LINK to course hour analysis PDF]
Credit toward a graduate degree in Education: The 12 credits earned in this certification can be applied towards masters programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, Special Education, or Counseling, with approval and advising from each individual program.
Transfer Credit: Transfer credit is not permitted in this program.
Certificate Completion Form: All students completing a graduate Education degree are required to complete a Certificate Completion Form with their academic adviser after completing 12 Arcadia graduate credits and submit to the Office of Graduate Studies.
Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This seminar provides students with introductory knowledge regarding children diagnosed with autism. Topics addressed include characteristics of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders; considerations in school and home programming; family, community and legal issues; and life transitions.
Behavior analysis is a natural science approach to the study of human behavior. Behavior analysis has been phenomenally successful in a wide variety of human endeavors including business and industry, physical therapy, socialization of difficult populations such as adult offenders, those addicted to substances, and children with conduct and oppositional behavior. This class explores how the basic principles of human behavior, such as schedules of reinforcement and response choice, were discovered and current research in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.
This seminar will provide students with knowledge of current research-based teaching strategies for students in the autism spectrum. Participants will gain experience in assessing and planning meaningful learning goals, developing effective teaching plans and evaluating student outcomes. Topics addressed include teaching complex behaviors, analyzing challenging behaviors and collaborating with families. Prerequisite: ED 661 Applied Behavior Analysis
This seminar will provide students with knowledge of relevant language, social, community and sensory characteristics of students in the autism spectrum. Participants will examine assessment tools and intervention strategies to support students with autism. Other topics covered will include family, sibling and emotional issues in relation to cultural context, as well as transition issues and 'next environment' planning.