The Autism Endorsement Certification at Kutztown University provides specialized training at the graduate and undergraduate level for certified (graduate) and pre-service (undergraduate) teachers who support or aspire to support students with autism spectrum disorders. Candidates who successfully complete this program at the graduate level are eligible to receive the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement Certificate. Undergraduate candidates who successfully complete this program are also eligible to receive the Autism Spectrum Endorsement Certificate Disorders contingent upon receiving a Level I instructional certificate.
In order to apply for the
Autism Endorsement Certification (12 semester hours,100% online)
SPU 433 Characteristics and Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders
This course covers the characteristics of autism and other related disorders, commonly referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including; communication deficits, social skills, stereotypical behaviors, and typical responses to environmental stimuli. Additionally, theoretical and scientific etiologies are discussed with various diagnostic instruments and procedures. Cultural perspectives of autism and related disorders with their relationships to educational services are also addressed.
SPU 434 Applied Behavior Analysis
This course introduces principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and how it can serve individuals with autism, with special attention given to classroom settings. ABA coverage includes; reinforcement, punishment, thinning, stimulus control, prompting, fading, generalization, maintenance, and data collection with analyses. Specific empirically-based ABA methods such as discrete trial training, direct instruction, and verbal behavior will be discussed.
SPU 435 Assessment and Instructional Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This course examines methods of assessment for implementing instructional strategies that have been shown to be effective in promoting the development of communication and social skills by students with ASD. Augmentative and alternative communications systems (AAC) and approaches for teaching social skills in home, school, and community environments along with coordination of services and advocating for students with ASD will be discussed.
SPU 436 Working with Individuals with ASD and Collaborating with Family, Agencies, and the Community
An opportunity is provided for observation and for student teaching of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Discussion periods are provided for the
Frequently Asked Questions
No, applications are accepted throughout the year but the
Yes and no: While SPU 433 may be taken at any time during a student's coursework, SPU 434, 435, and 436 must be taken consecutively OR by the permission of the instructor.
Candidates can complete the coursework in 1-2 years.
Currently, SPU 433 is available in the winter, SPU 434 in spring, and SPU 435 and 436 in summer sessions.
All four courses are offered online.
No, an instructional certificate is necessary to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the autism endorsement certificate.
Yes, students can enroll but will not be able to apply for the certificate until they have acquired a bachelor's degree and an instructional certificate.
Must I be a teacher or studying to be a teacher to enroll in the program?
No, the Autism Endorsement Program at Kutztown University has content that includes professionals that serve people with autism beyond the classroom. Recognizing that a Level I or II certificate is necessary to obtain an
Candidates are encouraged to inquire with their individual institutions to determine the availability of transferring credits. For Kutztown University students, these courses can enhance but will not supplement their required coursework towards a particular degree.
No, in order to apply for the Pennsylvania Autism Endorsement Certificate, candidates must possess a Level I or II
While out-of-state candidates are certainly eligible to enroll in the Autism Endorsement Program at Kutztown University, they are encouraged to inquire with their respective state's department of education to determine the eligibility of the coursework.
For information, please contact Christopher
To apply, please complete the online application for professional credit status. There is no application fee. Once the application is added to the system, an