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Educating Students with Autism: Evidence-Based Best Practices

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits, 5 Quarter Credits, or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description
This course is designed to provide K-8 educators, paraprofessionals, and/or administrators with a widespread knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Participants will explore historical data and diagnosis statistics, characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and co-morbid diagnoses.  Additionally, course content will focus on implementation of classroom strategies to meet the diverse learning needs of students on the Autism Spectrum.  Participants will research, analyze, and effectively select evidence-based strategies appropriate for students with Autism.  

Global Goals of the Course
To deepen and/or apply the content and skills of the teacher’s existing professional knowledge base by meeting the following global goals of this course: 

1. To examine characteristics associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as co-morbid diagnoses that can accompany the ASD diagnosis, and how the above these affect learning in the classroom (CEC 1, 2, 3; InTASC 1, 2; NBPTS 1)
2. To demonstrate an understanding of how to differentiate the learning environment to be successful for learners with ASD (CEC 3, 4, 5, 7; InTASC 1-3, 5, 7, 8; NBPTS 1, 2)
3. To develop a thorough understanding of how to select evidence-based strategies to utilize in the classroom vs. emerging strategies for the learner with ASD (CEC 4, 6, 7, 9; InTASC 1-5, 7-9; NBPTS 1-4)
4. To analyze and implement the strategies recommended to successfully educate the learner with ASD (CEC 3-6; InTASC 2-5, 7, 8; NBPTS 1-4)
5. To facilitate a positive collaboration between educators, support staff, related-services staff, and parents/caregivers of the learner with ASD (CEC 1, 2, 7, 10; InTASC 10; NBPTS 5)

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