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If you already hold a special education license in one disability category, you can complete this program as an add-on license. By adding the Autism Spectrum Disorders License, you'll be able to work with a wider range of students with disabilities. You will also broaden your opportunities within your district, or it could lead to new possibilities. And additional credits gained through an add-on license help educators move up on the salary scale. You can earn an add-on license in six to nine months. If you are working in an environment in the license category you're pursuing, you'll be able to complete most practicum requirements on the job.

Online

Mostly Online

You'll complete over 80% of your coursework online.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Courses start every 8 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits

13

Finish in as Few as

6-9 months

Courses

  • Characteristics of ASD (ASD) (SPED643)

    Identification of theories, research, legal requirements and medical perspectives related to serving ASD students. Synthesis of information associated with ASD. Examination of early indicators of ASD. Identification of associated factors and their relationship to ASD behavior. Presentation of the impact of factors on ASD students. Evaluation of professional ASD-related resources.

    2 credits

  • ASD: Evaluation, Communication, and Intervention Strategies (SPED645)

    Exploration of the intricacies of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), covering core characteristics, comorbid conditions, collaboration, and the formulation of comprehensive assessment plans. Students develop instructional strategies targeting social, communication, academic, behavioral, and functional skills. The curriculum explores program modifications, strategies, generalization of skills, and designing communication systems and assistive technology for individuals with ASD. Course includes a 35-hour field experience focused on individualized programming, collaboration, and understanding the impact of ASD on individuals and families.

    4 credits

  • Planning, Instruction, and Consultation for ASD (ASD) (SPED649)

    Development of individualized programs and interventions for students with AutismSpectrum Disorders. Collaboration models and techniques for best collaborating with stakeholders. Evaluation of environments, classrooms, and academic lessons for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Creation of instructional strategies and resources for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

    4 credits

  • ASD: Student Teaching (SPED781)

    Implementation of procedures necessary to incorporate referral, assessment, evaluation, IEPs, and interventions for students with autism spectrum disorders. Management of timelines and responsibilities including consultation with parents, school and community professionals. Development of strategies for efficacy and engaging resources. Analysis of personal and professional growth as a special educator. (12 consecutive weeks required) FE: ASD student teaching fee: $150, out-of-region fee: $100, out-of-state fee: varies.

    4 credits

  • SPED Practicum for Teachers of Other Licenses (SPED782)

    Implementation of procedures necessary to incorporate referral, assessment, evaluation, IEPs, and interventions for students with disabilities in a specific license area. Management of timelines and responsibilities including consultation with parents, school and community professionals. Development of strategies for efficacy and engaging resources. Analysis of personal and professional growth as a special educator (80 required hours in a special education school setting). FE: Practicum fee: $150, out-of-region fee: $100, out-of-state fee: varies.

    3 credits