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12

The autism spectrum disorders endorsement program is designed to meet the needs and interests of teachers and administrators who have the desire to increase their knowledge in working with students on the autism spectrum. Successful completion of the 12-credit graduate course sequence provides certified teachers with the autism spectrum disorders endorsement granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Students can choose traditional classroom or online setting for the four 8-week sessions. Courses in this program can be applied towards the Master of Science in Instructional Leadership. Students receive one-on-one advising, attend small classes, collaborate with practitioners and administrators in local school districts, and develop close relationships with faculty with diverse experiences in K-12 schools.

Contact Information

Vicki J. Donne, D.Ed. 
Department Head, Education 
donne@rmu.edu
412-397-5465

Course Plans

One Year Completion

Fall Term

  • SPED6055 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • SPED6070 Communication and Special Education

Spring Term

  • SPED6060 Advanced Studies in Behavior
  • SPED6075 Advanced Studies in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Summer Completion

Session 1

  • SPED6055 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • SPED6070 Communication and Special Education

Session 2

  • SPED6060 Advanced Studies in Behavior
  • SPED6075 Advanced Studies in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Introduction to Autism
Communication and Special Education
Advanced Studies in Behavior

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