ASD Certificate Program Curriculum
Short-term curricula are provided for students not planning to complete a four-year degree. Earned credit may be applicable toward later completion of a degree. Students completing a short-term program are awarded the appropriate certificate at that semester’s graduation ceremony.
- EX 555 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
- EX 556 Communication Interventions and Strategies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
- EX 557 Behavior Management and Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
- EX 558 Research Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)
- EX 559 Clinical Practicum (3)
Undergraduate certificate seekers are required to take CF/PY 120 The Child.
EX 555 Introduction to ASD
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. (3 credits)
EX 556 Comm. Intervention & Strat. for Individuals with ASD
This course addresses the process of verbal and non-verbal communication skills and 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. (3 credits)
EX 557 Behavior Management & Interventions for Individuals with ASD
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. (3 credits)
EX 558 Seminar Research in ASD
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. (3 credits)
EX 559 Clinical Practicum
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. (3 credits)
CF/PY 120 The Child (undergraduate only)
Development from Conception to Adolescence. An overview of the social, cognitive, physical, and emotional changes that occur from conception to adolescence. Application of principles of development to the understanding of child development and behavior.
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