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Autism & Special Education

Autism & Special Education for Teacher

Working with autistic children is both a joy and a challenge. Since autistic students struggle with communication and social interaction, teaching requires skills that go beyond the realm of most educators. Whether you are pursuing a special educator credential or a better understanding of Autism to work more effectively in your classroom, specialized education and/or training are required. To enhance your effectiveness with Autistic students you must possess skills such as patience, effective communication, and observation.

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Monmouth University

U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of "Best Colleges" featured Monmouth as one of the top forty schools in the "Regional Universities North" category for four straight years. The Princeton Review has included Monmouth University in its lists of best colleges for the last 12 years, including the 2017 edition of "The Best 381 Colleges."

Special Education/Autism
Master of Science in Education

NCATE Accredited

Monmouth's 30-credit Master's Degree in Special Education-Autism track prepares teachers to focus on the design of educational services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Within the course sequence instruction will be provided related to laws and policies, evidence-based best practices, behavior management, assessment, and research related to teaching and working with children and adults with ASD. Fieldwork requirements within each course reinforce content with assignments necessitating the implementation assessments and interventions related to behavior change and skill acquisition with students on the autism spectrum. Monmouth also offers an 18-credit Certificate in Autism program.

As part of your graduate degree or certificate program, you'll learn assessment tools to determine student areas of need, and how to use evidence-based practices to increase student goal attainment. You will also learn behavior management strategies and data-based decision-making skills. Individuals within this program will leave the program prepared to teach and supervise students with autism with an understanding of best practices to meet their students' needs.

Special Education/Teacher of Students with Disabilities
Master of Science in Education

NCATE Accredited

The Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD) program and endorsement prepares teachers who seek to enhance their skills related to working effectively with diverse populations, families, colleagues, and the community. Comprehensive theoretical and practical experiences are provided to ensure that candidates are well prepared to address the learning, language, and social needs of a diverse population of students from preschool to high school.

Liberty University

Known for its affordability and exceptional student support, LU Online is consistently ranked among the top 10 online universities by the Online Education Database, for its high retention and graduation rates.

Autism Education
Graduate Certificate

Just 3 Courses
Ideal for Professionals and Parents

The Certificate of Autism Education provides training in current special education trends. This program will explore the characteristics of and interventions for students with autism, including the social, educational, and behavioral strategies available to improve their learning environment. Those who complete this program are eligible for a certificate from the Virginia Autism Council (15-hour practicum and EDUC 521 or equivalent required for VAC certificate).

Special Education
Master of Arts in Teaching

NCATE Accredited
Reciprocity with Other States
No Prior Teaching Experience Required

Liberty University's Master of Arts in Teaching, with a specialization in Special Education is specifically geared toward individuals with no prior teaching experience who are interested in gaining initial teaching licensure in special education. Along with core courses in this program, you will study behavior management, educational assessment and intervention, collaboration for special transitions, and build strategies for successful inclusive classrooms. In addition, you will complete your student teaching requirement in the area in which you are seeking licensure. A three-credit hour student teaching internship is required, and on-campus intensives may be required. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a state-approved program for initial licensure (reciprocity with other states) or endorsements. As the world's largest evangelical university, Liberty University incorporates core Christian values into all of their degree offerings in order to provide all students a thorough academic and spiritually enriching program of study.

Special Education
Master of Education in Teaching & Learning

NCATE Accredited
Reciprocity with Other States

Liberty University's Master of Education - Teaching and Learning program with a concentration in special education prepares you for teaching in Christian, public and private schools. This program teaches the skills needed to become an effective teacher, focusing on special education. Courses provide specialized preparation for individuals seeking credentials for a K-12 school position or those with a desire to further their education and pursue either an Ed.S. or Ed.D. A three-credit hour student teaching internship is a required part of the M.Ed. program, and on-campus intensives may be required. This program is approved through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is a state-approved program for advanced licensure (reciprocity with other states) or endorsements.

Purdue University Calumet

Founded in 1869, Purdue University offers a world-class and award-winning faculty, who are at the forefront in their areas of specialty. The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Special Education
Master of Science

NCATE Accredited
Reciprocity with Other States
No Prior Teaching Experience Required

Purdue's special education program builds upon a conceptual framework focusing on the skills and competencies that prepare individuals to serve as outstanding educators and leaders in the field. This program is for those who value all individuals with disabilities, who want to use the latest instructional, behavioral, and communication technologies, who must implement methods of assessment for making educational and instructional decisions, who develop and implement accommodations specific to the needs of the individual student with disabilities, and use effective instructional methods to meet those unique needs. The program also provides a practical understanding of how to implement and satisfy the legal requirements for accommodation.

Northcentral University

For the third consecutive year, Northcentral University has been awarded the designation of Military Friendly School for the third straight year by G.I. Jobs.

Special Education
Master of Education

100% Online, No Residency Requirement
Weekly Start Dates

The special education specialization prepares educators to address the needs of students with disabilities and gifted abilities by preparing such students to develop, implement and assess specially designed curriculum. Attention is given to teaching methods and strategies that illustrate an advocacy for these student groups. The specialization can be customized to meet the student's unique professional and personal goals, and allows the student to concentrate their coursework on the advanced and the disabled student, or select a single focus.

Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501 1.510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org.
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A Career Working with Autism

Autistics may receive services from multi-disciplinary teams consisting of behavior analysts (BCBAs), counselors/psychologists, early intervention providers, teachers, occupational therapists, paraprofessionals, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, and more. None of them will be effective unless they are properly educated, trained, and certified in proper assessment and treatments for Autism. States may have their own Autism endorsement or Autism certification programs, but an internationally recognized and highly respected certification for Autism Specialists is from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). BACB's two most common certifications are Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). The discipline of behavior analysis is broad and varied, so BCBA candidates who want to specialize in Autism must have education and training that focus on Autism.

Strong Demand for
Autism Professionals

The demand for qualified Autism professionals is very strong , as diagnoses of ASD have increased significantly in recent years and there is still a lack of trained ASD-specific professionals. More than 500,000 individuals under the age of 21 are currently diagnosed with autism. According to the U.S. Department of Education, autism is expected to have a continued growth rate of 10 percent to 17 percent annually. The Centers for Disease Control estimates an increase from 1 in 150 to 1 in 110 children have an autism spectrum disorder. Such dramatic numbers and a shortage of qualified autism specialists create a strong demand for trained professionals. In fact, according to the Florida Association of Behavior Analysts, there are 4 job openings for every BCBA.

Autism and Behavior Analysts

Certified Behavior Analysts who are trained specifically in Autism have many career options. They can work in many settings (homes, schools, hospitals, residential facilities, rehabilitation centers, and more). They can work with both children and adults. Despite the age of client, setting, and/or scope, the typical work of a Certified Behavior Analyst includes: 1) Interview and learn more about target behaviors of client(s); 2) Conduct direct and indirect assessments of behavior(s); 3) Propose strategies for behavior change based on assessment results and knowledge of effective treatment plans for similar issues;
4) Implement the intervention; 5) Collect data before and during the intervention;
6) Evaluate effectiveness of behavioral intervention; 7) Make modifications if necessary and plan for maintenance and generalization.

Autism and Teachers

Autism or ABA focused training and education has become increasingly important for teachers. With rising ASD diagnoses, it is highly likely that a teacher will encounter an autistic student in the classroom. To prepare for ASD students, teachers can pursue degree and certificate programs that specialize in Autism or Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Even if the coursework is in ABA without a focus on Autism, a solid foundation in ABA can provide many of the tools needed to effectively assess and work with an Autistic student. In fact, applied behavior analysis has been the treatment of choice for autistic behavior for the past 30 years.