Certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders
La Salle is one of the leading providers of graduate education in Pennsylvania. Developed in conjunction with
faculty from departments and programs across the University, including Psychology, Family Counseling, and
Speech- Language-Hearing Science, and co-taught by faculty members from these areas and the Education
Department, this four-course program includes:
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Multiple site course offerings at Mont. Co. IU, Chester Co IU, Main Campus, the Bucks Center and
Plymouth Meeting Center;
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Face-to-face and online instruction activities; and
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Practical experiences with children.
PA Certification: The Autism Spectrum Disorders concentration meets the requirements for the Pennsylvania
Department of Education Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement. Program submitted to the Pennsylvania
Department of Education. Approval pending.
Master’s Option: These four courses can be combined with six core elements from the Master of Arts in Education
series to earn the Master of Arts in Education degree at La Salle University.
Admission Requirements:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
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Application (can be completed online at http://www.lasalle.edu/graded)
$35.00 application fee (waived for online application)
Official transcripts from each college attended to date (graduate or undergraduate)
Miller Analogies Test (waived for those with a master's degree or an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher)
$480.00 per credit through MC-CC IU partnership consortium
Courses Descriptions:
EDC 655: Dimensions of Autism
Presented by faculty and regional experts, the course examines the characteristics of students who fall within the
autism spectrum (Asperger's syndrome, pervasive development disorder, Rett's syndrome, childhood disintegrative
disorder, and hyperlexia). I preparation for teaching students with ASD in inclusive and self-contained settings, the
continuum of interventions is introduced. Also included is an overview of the historical and legislative antecedents
of current practices.
EDC 657: Systems Approach with Families and Educators
This course provides graduate students with understandings of how family, education, and community mental health
systems operate collectively and independently to influence one another and the child and family affected by ASD.
The program develops an understanding of services of potential benefit to the student/family dealing with ASD and
the value of collaboration in the delivery of services. The course includes an examination of cultural and ethical
considerations in working with the special needs of these children and their families.
EDC 665: Communications Strategies for Students Spanning the Special Needs Spectrum
In this follow-up course, candidates for the certificate explore the role of speech, language, and hearing specialists in
developing and directing the support of the child presenting with ASD and employ tactics developed to best apply
these communication strategies in a practicum experience involving students with individualized education plans
(IEPs).
EDC 667: Implementing the IEP in the Inclusive Classroom
This hybrid course will enhance students' understanding of how to interpret the comprehensive evaluation report
(CER) and IEP and culminates with an authentic experience in the teacher's classroom that is managed via a creative
instructional approach utilizing "hybrid" technology for learner convenience.
Course Information:
Autism classes will be held on consecutive Thursday’s beginning on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 4:30 pm7:30 pm.
Fall offerings will be held at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Norristown, PA
Contact Information:
Megan Lawler-Academic Advisor
215-951-1593
[email protected]
La Salle University
Graduate Programs in Education, Olney Hall 112
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
215-951-1593
Email us at [email protected]
For more information about the program or to apply online go to http://www.lasalle.edu/graded
Additional Links:
http://www.lasalle.edu/testing/htmlemail/grad/education/patrylo.html
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