Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Endorsement
- Accelerated, online program
- Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
Marywood’s autism spectrum disorder (ASD) endorsement provides educators, school psychologists, counselors, and other professionals with the skills they need to meet the educational needs of students with ASD.
Accelerated, Online Program
Our 12-credit program, which is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, can be completed in just two semesters. All classes are online, making them convenient for working professionals. Coursework is supplemented by 80 hours of field experience that allow students to work directly with children with ASD. If you are a teacher or school administrator, you can typically complete your field work within your own school district.
More About This Degree
An ASD endorsement is beneficial to anyone who works with children and youth who have been diagnosed with ASD, especially:
- Guidance counselors
- School psychologists
- Behavioral specialists
- Reading specialists
- Speech and language clinicians
- Occupational and physical therapists
Specific Program Requirements
- Criminal background check
- FBI clearance
- Child abuse clearance
- Level I or II certificate if seeking Pennsylvania Department of Education endorsement
Graduate Admissions Requirements
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
- Completed application
- Official, sealed transcripts
- Two or three letters of recommendation
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SPED/PSY 590: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
This introductory course examines the characteristics and learning traits of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The etiology, assessment, identification, and diagnosis related to students with ASD are explored. Evidence based practices, interventions and strategies for students with ASD are surveyed in this course. This course requires 20- hours of a field experience in a setting serving students with ASD. This course emphasizes Content Area 1 of Pennsylvania Department of Education's Autism Endorsement Program.
PSY/SPED 591: Applied Behavior Analysis Basic Principles
This course introduces students to the concepts and principles of Behavior Analysis, as applied to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. A 20-hour field based experience is required. This course emphasizes Content Areas 2 & 3 of Pennsylvania Department of Education's Autism Endorsement Program. This course emphasizes Content Areas 2 & 3 of Pennsylvania Department of Education's Autism Endorsement Program.
SPED/PSY 592: Intervention and Instruction for Students with Autism
This course provides an overview of effective instructional strategies and interventions for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The focus will be on learning and applying evidence-based interventions and instruction to promote communication and verbal behavior, social competence, and academic success in students with ASD. A 20- hour field based experience is required. This course emphasizes Content Areas 2 & 3 of Pennsylvania Department of Education's Autism Endorsement Program.
PSY/SPED 593: Family School Intervention for Students with Autism
This course will provide an in-depth examination of family-systems theory and brief family interventions for school related problems of children with Autism. The process and content of evidence based intervention design and implementation will be highlighted. A 20-hour field based experience is required. This course emphasizes Content Areas 3 & 4 of Pennsylvania Department of Education's Autism Endorsement Program.