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.
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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.
Q. Are any of the classes offered online?
A. All of the classes are offered online.
Q. What if I earned my credential from CSU Fullerton and have already taken 522 and 533?
A. Those are honored. You will only need to take the remaining two courses.
Q. What if I feel I have already taken one or more of these classes from a different institution?
A. You will need to submit a Course Equivalency Petition and transcripts to the Department Chair for approval to waive any courses.
Q. Can I take all 12 units at the same time?
A. No. SPED 401 is a pre-requisite to SPED 502 so you'll need to take this class first. You may take any of the other classes in any order you wish. Recommended: 401 and 502, then 522 and 533.
Q. If I have an Education Specialist Credential with an Authorization to teach Moderate-Severe (or SH credential), or an Early Childhood Special Education credential, do I need to get this authorization?
A. No, you have already had training in Autism!
Q. I am currently finishing an Education Specialist Credential with an Authorization to teach Mild/Moderate at CSU Fullerton, do I need take these Added Authorization classes?
A. Yes. Only credential students completing the "new program" which began Fall 2010 will have this content already embedded into their program plan.
Q. If I have a Life Ryan Credential do I need this Added Authorization?
Q. Who can I contact for more information?
A. Melinda Pierson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. How do I enroll?
A. When registration is open you can enroll online or call 657-278-2611 during regular business hours. Payment is due at the time of registration.