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Learning Outcomes and Proficiencies

The proposed certificate program in autism was designed to meet the specialization requirements for State Endorsement in Autism as follows:

Administrative Rule 6A-4.01796

Specialization Requirements for Endorsement in Autism - Academic Class.

(1) Bachelor's or higher degree with certification in any exceptional student education area; and

(2) Twelve semester hours to include:


Nature of autism (to include student characteristics, appropriate learning goals, teaching approaches, environmental arrangements, etc.);


Use of assistive and instructional technology and natural, alternative, and augmentative communication systems for students with autism


Behavior management and positive behavior supports for students with autism


Assessment and diagnosis of autism, and


Field-based experience with students with autism

(3) This rule is to become effective July 1, 2002.

Specific Authority 229.053(1), 231.15(1), 231.17(6) FS. Law Implemented 229.053, 231.145, 231.15(1), 231.17(6) FS. History - New 7-1-2002.

Certificate coursework is designed to meet competencies for each of the five areas in the Administrative Rule 6A-4.01796. These competencies are based on findings and recommendations from multiple sources including:


Recommendations of the Autism Endorsement Project, University of South Florida. On April 20, 2004, a workgroup consisting of professionals who represented state universities, school districts, families, and Center For Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) agencies developed recommendations for the Florida Department of Education to consider adopting prior to initiating the Autism Endorsement requirement. Cynthia Pearl, Project Coordinator for Project ASD, participated as a member of this workgroup.


Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (2000). Program assessment instrument for students with autism. Louis de La Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida


National Research Council, Committee on Educational Interventions for Children with Autism, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. (2001). Educating Children with Autism. National Academy Press. Washington, DC.


Crimmins, D. B., Durand, V. M., Theurer-Kaufam, K., Everett, J. (2001, August). Autism program quality indicators: A self-review and quality improvement guide for schools and programs serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. New York State Education Dept., Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities. For full text: http://web,nysed.gov/vesid/.


Professional Standards including, (a) Council For Exceptional Children, (b)Varying Exceptionalities K-12, (c) Educator Accomplished Practices, (d) Florida Essential Teaching Competencies, and (e) Florida Performance Standards for Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages

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