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Autism Endorsement Certificate

The Autism Endorsement Certificate is designed to prepare professionals to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure the academic, social, behavioral, and emotional needs of students identified as having Autism are met. The program provides individuals with the skills, knowledge, and creativity needed to support students’ success in the classroom and the community.

• 15 CREDIT CERTIFICATE - 5 CORE COURSES
• courses are taught 100% online 
• Classes begin every february, june, and october

REQUIREMENT: Bay Path University can only endorse students for the Autism Endorsement if they are enrolled, successfully complete all required courses and practicum hours, and hold an initial license in one of the following areas: Moderate Disabilities (preK-8 or 5-12), Severe Disabilities All Levels, Teacher of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing, or Teacher of the Visually Impaired.

Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
SPE511 Applied Behavior Analysis 3

This course introduces the philosophical assumptions and dimensions of the science of applied behavior analysis, including determinism, empiricism, parsimony, selectionism, pragmatism, and lawfulness of behavior. Students define key terms related to applied behavior analysis, the scientific principles of behavior, and behavioral technologies. Students differentiate between environmental and mentalistic explanations of behavior, and between conceptual, experimental, and applied analyses of behavior.

SPE546 Teaching Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3

This course focuses on students with autism and examines the variety of exceptionalities and special needs of these children. Each criteria listed in the DSM-V will be examined in addition to neurobiological, psychological, educational, social, and emotional factors. Students will be exposed to a range of specialized and individualized instructional strategies and supports for students with Autism, including development of social and emotional skills and strategies for successful inclusion.

SPE552 Advocacy, Collaboration and Problem Solving for Students with Autism 3

This course will explore the importance of communication and collaborative practices between all members of the education team as a means of problem-solving and advocating for students with Autism. Students will be exposed to research-based teaching practices, programming, social emotional development and supports, and cooperative practices in order to promote success for the student with Autism. Students will acquire tools to participate effectively in cross-disciplinary teams and to collaborate with families of students with autism and have the opportunity to reflect about collaborating with families when developing and implementing educational programs.

SPE556 Supporting Communication and Social Development for Students with Autism 3

This course will explore various research-based strategies for developing and increasing communicative outputs and socialization for students with Autism. Students will become familiar with the theoretical foundations of socialization and communication. Students will engage in techniques for developing social communication for students with Autism, including the use of augmentative communication, as well as assistive technology options, and social skills curriculums.

SPE562 Field-Based Practicum and Seminar Autism Endorsement 3

Students will complete their 150 hour practicum (75 hours within an inclusive setting with students with Autism AND a minimum of 75 hours of experience in any type of school setting working with students with Autism). In addition, during the seminar portion of this course students will discuss and reflect upon their 150 field-based experience working with autistic students. Students will discuss appropriate curriculum, pedagogy, subject matter knowledge, and critical issues in supporting autistic students in the inclusive setting as well as other educational settings. Prerequisites: SPE 546, SPE 552, SPE 556, SPE 511