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Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

SPED 504
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Introduction (3 units)

Using clinical and research-based exploration, this course allows the candidate to develop an understanding of what is needed to create a successful teaching environment for students who fall within the spectrum. Candidates are introduced to the history of ASD and terms that explain the parameters of teaching students with the ASD classification. A review of the law and rights of parents, as well as issues regarding service and specialized programs are included.

SPED 507
Autism: Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (3 units)

This course provides the candidate with educational strategies to be used for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders including high and low functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. There is a focus on the theory and application of evidence-based instructional strategies, expanded technological supports, curricular modifications, and practices for students with autism spectrum disorders. Assessment and implications for program decisions are also covered.

SPED 510
Autism: Collaborative School Partnerships (3 units)

This course focuses on strategies for developing partnerships that benefit children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Candidates have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills for planning and implementing collaborative school partnerships with teachers, families, paraprofessionals, related services personnel, and outside agencies for students with ASD. Topics discussed will include case management policies and practices, data utilization, roles and responsibilities, and transition planning across the lifespan.

SPED 511
Autism: Behavioral Support and Interventions (3 units)

The purpose of this course is to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of positive behavior support for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Emphasis will be placed on understanding the communicative function of challenging behaviors, teaching new skills to help learners overcome challenging behaviors, and preventing the reoccurrence of challenging behaviors.