The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has recently revised program requirements for teachers of students with Autism. Every Education Specialist teaching children with autism must obtain training in working with children with autism.
If you currently hold an Education Specialist credential in Early Childhood Special Education or Moderate/Severe, you already have training in Autism and are NOT required to obtain this new Added Authorization. However, anyone who received their Education Specialist credential in Mild/Moderate prior to Fall 2010 AND who currently works with or is interested in working with children with Autism must complete an Added Authorization.
Additionally, persons with a Learning Handicapped Credential, Education Specialist in other areas must also obtain the new Added Authorization.
Due to state and federal regulations, non-California residents may only enroll in CSUF online courses when their state has authorized CSUF as a provider. Click here for more information.
At Cal State Fullerton the Added Authorization consists of the following four online classes (3 units each):
SPED 401 Introduction to Autism (prerequisite to 502)
An introduction to the field of Autism. It covers the foundations and characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders and presents up-to-date evidence-based best practices for teaching students with ASD. This course serves as a prerequisite for SPED 502.
SPED 502 Teaching Strategies for Students with ASD
The course focuses on teaching, learning and behavior strategies for autism spectrum disorders and presents up-to-date evidence-based best practices for teaching students with ASD.
SPED 522 Positive Behavior Support
The course encourages the development of an educational approach to supporting positive behaviors in the classroom and community. Regulations mandated by Hughes AB 2386. Behavior Intervention Case Manager (BICM) certificate provided to qualified personnel.
Please note: This course is offered through Open University and requires registration through their website. One or more sections may be offered in any online format.
SPED 533 Issues and Trends in Collaborative/Consultative Services (This course must be taken in the second semester.)
This course highlights contemporary research and practices as they apply to collaborative and consultative services in school and agency settings.