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Certificate in Autism Course Descriptions

EEX 6XXX: Nature of Autism: Theory & Educational Practice

This three-credit course has been developed to meet the endorsement requirements for (a) Nature of autism (to include student characteristics, appropriate learning goals, teaching approaches, environmental arrangements, etc. and (e) Field-based experience with students with autism. It offers an overview of theory and teaching applications for students with autism spectrum related disorders, emphasizing a historical overview of ASD, major theories and trends, etiological and diagnostic issues, classroom structure, research based instructional strategies, and family involvement. A field-based experience is required with this course. Parents of children with ASD and school district and agency personnel will be involved in course delivery and instruction. To meet the 20-hour field-based experience requirement of this endorsement course, students will be required to apply and relate material covered in coursework in supervised field-based experiences working with families of students with ASD under the supervision of UCF-CARD and Exceptional Education Faculty.

SPA 6XXX: Assistive and Instructional Technology For Communication

This three-credit course has been designed to meet the endorsement requirements for (b) use of assistive and instructional technology and natural, augmentative and alternative communication systems for students with autism and (e) Field-based experience with students with autism. Students will learn specific classroom approaches to meet the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other communication disorders.  This course will involve an extensive overview of communication foundations, assistive technology (AT), and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and services.  Emphasis will be placed on competency-based learning, through identifiable objectives and service-learning activities to prepare exceptional educators to facilitate and accommodate the specific core communication deficits that students with ASD and other communication disorders display. To meet the 20 hour field-based experience requirement of this endorsement course, there will be a corresponding lab component which includes field-based experiences at one of two partner sites: 1) Assistive Technology Educational Network (ATEN) Lab, and 2) Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute.

EEX 6XXX: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Curriculum Prescriptions for Students With Autism

This three-credit course has been developed to meet the endorsement requirements for (d) Assessment and diagnosis of autism and (e) Field-based experience with students with autism. It addresses contemporary assessments and models for assessing exceptional children.  It also addresses curriculum and prescription. Specific emphasis will be placed on assessment of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). To meet the 20 hour field-based experience requirement of this endorsement course, field-based experiences will include applied assignments involving ongoing classroom based assessment, data collection, data-based decision making, and program development for a student with ASD.

EEX 6612: Methods of Behavioral Management

This three-credit course, as designed, addresses the endorsement requirements for (c) Behavior management and positive behavior supports for students with autism and (e) Field-based

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