Oct 26, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Autism Spectrum Disorders (Certificate)


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In 2000, the Center for Disease Control estimated that 1 in 1000 children were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  By 2018, those estimates had increased to 1 in 59.  All preK-12 schools in Maine are required to provide educational services to students with an ASD in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The primary purpose of this 4-course certificate sequence is to prepare experienced educators, administrators and related service providers to assume a leadership role in the development and implementation of educational programs for students with autism in school settings.

 

Certificate program objectives:

  1. Candidates will develop theoretical knowledge and applied skills for understanding the needs of students with ASD and providing evidence-based practices according to individual needs.
  2. Candidates will have the necessary theoretical and applied background to provide leadership to their schools and districts in developing a sound model of educational and social/behavioral support and intervention.
  3. Candidates will be familiar with and able to access available resources to support their districts’ efforts in providing services for their students with ASD.
  4. Candidates will have the knowledge and skills to serve as team leaders and coaches in supporting program implementation in their schools and districts.

 

There are two tracks for the Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders:

  1. Special educators enroll in the following courses:
    • SED 528  Educational methods for students with autism
    • SED 585  Social Communication for students with ASD
    • SED 556  Assessment in special education:Students with ASD and severe disabilities
    • SED 563  Positive behavioral supports for students with ASD
  2. General educators or others supporting individuals with autism enroll in the following courses:
    • SED 528  Educational methods for students with autism
    • SED 585  Social Communication for students with ASD
    • SED 564  Universal design for learning in classrooms
    • SED 532  Behavior management

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