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experience with students with autism. Course content includes analysis of the principles of behavior management and application of these principles to classroom management problems. In addition, there will be specific focus on current practice and research on the evaluation and treatment services for students with ASD. Parents of children with ASD and guest speakers will address specific behavioral challenges and positive interventions for students with ASD. To meet the 20-hour field-based experience requirement of this endorsement course, students will be responsible for completing two field-based assignments: (1) conduct an ecological assessment of a general education classroom with specific focus on inclusive supports for students with ASD, and (2) Conduct a Functional Behavior Assessment and design and implement a Positive Behavior Support Plan for a student with ASD that involves collaboration with schools, agencies and families.

Course of Study

In coordination with the autism certificate program, a new Master’s Degree emphasis on teacher preparation in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders will be established as an option in the existing Exceptional Education master’s degree program. Course credits earned through the certificate program may be applied toward a master’s degree in Exceptional Education. EEX 6612, Methods of Behavioral Management, is an existing course in the master’s degree program. Nature of Autism: Theory and Educational Practice will add a new specialization elective to the existing selection of specialization electives including learning disabilities, mental retardation and emotional handicaps. Assistive and Instructional Technology for Communication and Assessment, Diagnosis and Curriculum Prescriptions for Students With Autism are two new courses that will enhance the current Master’s program of study. Project ASD participants will complete the requirements for a Master’s degree in Exceptional Education with certification in Exceptional Education and State Endorsement in Autism.

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