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Graduate Program

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Name: Dr. Terri Swanson
Email: tswanson@pittstate.edu

Autism Spectrum Disorders

The ASD Certificate program is an 18 hour non-degree program designed to certify that participants have specialized knowledge and skills regarding the characteristics and methods of assessment and teaching individuals with ASD. The 18 hour program includes two strands: "classic" autism, and "higher functioning" autism. Students may take an additional 3 hours to earn a dual certificate in classic autism and higher functioning autism. The 18 hour program includes one strand in early childhood and includes a dual certificate in both early childhood and "classic" autism.

Graduate students in the Special Education Master of Science degree program may use some of these courses to meet degree requirements with the permission of their advisor and course instructor. They may also complete the 18 credit hour program and receive the ASD Certificate in conjunction with their Master's degree.

Undergraduate students may begin the Certificate program in their final semester with approval from their advisor and the ASD Certificate Coordinator.

Required Courses

Required Courses

SPED 812 Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 Credit Hours
SPED 814 Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for School and Community 3 Credit Hours
SPED 750 Assessment in Special Education 3 Credit Hours

Specialization Area (Choose one or more)

    Classic Autism Strand

    SLP 869 CC Topics in SLP/AUD: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Social-Communication Issues (from Fort Hays State) 3 Credit Hours

    Higher Functioning Autism Strand

    SPED 821 Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Building Social Relationships 3 Credit Hours

    Early Childhood Strand

    SPED XXX Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Early Childhood 3 Credit Hours

Electives (3 credit hours)

SPED 747 Autism Workshops 1-3 Credit Hours
SPED 822 Seminar in Special Education Law 3 Credit Hours
SPED 823 Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Inclusive Classroom 2 Credit Hours
SPED 827 Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Understanding Sensory Processing Issues 1 Credit Hours
SPED 829 Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Issues in Transitions 3 Credit Hours
SPED XXX Family Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Family Engagement 3 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree or be in their final semester of a PSU undergraduate program.
  • Undergraduate degree; 3.0 GPA or admitted with condition