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Target Learner Population and Timeline

Guaranteed Enrollment: The proposed certificate program is central to OSEP Personnel Preparation Grant, CFDA 84.325A, Project ASD: Preparing Teachers to Work With Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs 2004-2009. Over the 5-year project duration, funding will be provided to support 35-40 educators in obtaining full certification to teach school age individuals with disabilities with specific emphasis on preparation in the area ASD. Approximately 22 educators, current participants of Project ASD, registered as the first cohort of learners for the Master’s Degree in Exceptional Education and the Certificate Program in Autism in 2004. A second cohort of Project ASD participants will begin certificate coursework in 2006. Table 3 depicts the planned sequence of course offerings and expected enrollments. Project ASD participants receive tuition, fees, and stipends to support completion of this coursework.

Additional and Continuing Enrollment: As an outgrowth of an OSEP funded Personnel Preparation Grant, the proposed certificate program will receive recognition at the state and national level. Grant funding supports recruitment, research, and dissemination of project information. This opportunity places UCF at center stage nationally as we work to establish a state-of-the-art, research-based teacher preparation model in ASD that will continue beyond the five years of federal funding. Certificate program courses will be made available to special education Master’s students without Project ASD support. Recruitment efforts for Project ASD have revealed that there was interest on the part of educators who currently hold graduate degrees in obtaining a certificate in Autism. Approximately ten potential students are awaiting information regarding a certificate program. Further, Administrative Rule 6A-4.01796 requires that teachers of students with autism complete the endorsement requirements incorporated into this certificate program. It is anticipated that Central Florida school districts will be seeking assistance with professional development for teachers of students with ASD to meet endorsement requirements. With state approval of the proposed coursework, UCF will be prepared to assist in meeting this need.

Overall Projected Enrollment: The numbers in Table 3 are based on the anticipated enrollment that includes Project ASD participants, additional Master’s level students with interest in preparation in Autism, and teachers seeking coursework that may be applied towards State Endorsement in Autism and/or a certificate in Autism.

Table 3: Delivery of Coursework and Enrollment for Certificate in Autism

Term

Spr. 05

Sum 2005

Fall 2005

Fall 06

Spr. 07

Sum. 07

Course

EEX 6XXX

Nature of Autism

EEX 6XXX Assistive and Instr. Technology

EEX 6XXX
Assessment in Autism

EEX 6612

Methods of Behavioral Manage

EEX 6XXX

Nature of Autism

EEX 6XXX Assistive and Instr. Technology

EEX 6XXX

Assessment in Autism

EEX 6612

Methods of Behavioral Manage

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