Southeast Missouri State
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
College of Education
Dean: Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson
Department of Elementary, Early & Special Education
Department Chair: Dr. Julie Ray
Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate Program*
The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Certificate Program enables students to
attain knowledge and skills essential in making a positive impact on individuals
with ASD. The increasing prevalence and large research-to-practice gap in
educational programs drives this critical need. We offer a 15 credit hour certificate
program that is available as an add-on to an undergraduate degree or can be
incorporated into a graduate degree.
The courses are also available to
non-degree seeking students wanting to learn more and make a positive impact on
individuals with ASD. Courses are taught as online courses with
opportunities to meet face-to-face if desired.
Courses are taught as online courses with opportunities to meet face-to-face if desired.
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 credits)
This course offers an overview of student characteristics, theory and teaching applications for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Major theories, teaching approaches, trends, etiological and diagnostic issues, classroom structure and environmental arrangements, research based instructional strategies, and family involvement will be discussed. Field experiences are embedded in this course.
This course addresses the process of verbal and non-verbal communication skills, the assessment of ability in communication and investigates research-based strategies and interventions for improving communication in individuals with communication difficulties, autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities. A brief overview of language development, social skills training, alternative/augmentative modes of communication, assistive technology devices and environment arrangement will be discussed and investigated. Field experiences are embedded in this course.
This course provides an in-depth analysis of the principles of behavior management and interventions that have been successful for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and sensory disabilities. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) will be emphasized for classroom and school management systems. Field experiences are embedded in this course.
This course addresses critical issues and trends in the field of developmental disabilities. Contemporary issues and research including social relationships, sensory integration, communication, behavior, core academic areas, transition, family and professional collaboration, and educational models will be discussed. Field experiences are embedded in this course.
This course consists of a supervised field experience which will be conducted in a clinical environment with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities, sensory impairments, and/or with ASD. Students will apply the knowledge gained in previous coursework by completing a capstone project consisting of an educational, treatment and family support plan.
Contact Dr. Nancy J. Aguinaga at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
* This certificate program is a Certificate program through Southeast Missouri State University. Autism is currently NOT a Missouri state certification area.
The Blue Ribbon Panel recommends that additional curricula be added to the teacher education programs at the university and college level that is specific to ASD and to the management of behavior problems encountered with ASD.