Doctorate of Education | Minor in Autism Curriculum

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) Non-Degree program

Students enrolled in the CAGS program or pursuing a minor in Autism are required to complete 15 credit hours of coursework. Students have the options to choose any five of the following courses

This course will include the use of actual assessment tools to perform a functional analysis of behavior upon which hypotheses regarding the function of challenging behaviors will be made. Intervention techniques which focus on the development of functional communication will be researched and implemented. Applied behavior analysis will form the basis of assessment and intervention strategies for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Prerequisite/s: None.

This course will include an in-depth coverage of the multiple etiological factors of autism and the current research in the bio-medical field. Literature, which links theory with research and practice, in the areas of symptomatology, interventions, and outcomes, will be examined. The effects of autism on family systems will be explored through both stories of family members and the research literature. Prerequisite/s: None.

This course will focus on diagnostic frameworks, the instruments and tests, which form the basis of diagnosing children with autism spectrum disorders. The diagnostic process in older adolescents and adults will also be covered. The use of assessment in program planning will be covered through both discipline specific and transdiciplinary procedures. The research behind the development of instruments specific to autism will be discussed. Prerequisite/s: None.

The number of interventions used with individuals with autism spectrum disorders continues to increase. The theoretical foundation and research base behind the interventions will be covered in depth. The literature that links assessment to intervention will be used to form the base of intervention planning for individuals with autism. Helping families make decisions based upon their child's symptom presentation will be a focus of this course. Prerequisite/s: None.

This course is designed to prepare individuals in leadership positions of programs for students with autism. Topical content will include essential elements for educational programs, planning and implementing professional development activities, strategic planning for school districts and agencies, legal issues in the education of student with autism, dealing with resistant staff, and resolving conflicts with parents. Prerequisite/s: None.

This course will include topics that either affect individuals with autism and their families at particular points in the life span, including diagnosis, early intervention, transition from school to adulthood, and adulthood. Other special topics will include treatment of dually diagnosed individuals with autism and mental health diagnoses, and autism and sensory impairment. Consideration of extremely cognitively impaired and gifted individuals with autism will also be included. Prerequisite/s: None.

For further details about the Doctor of Education with a Minor in Autsim, visit the Fischler College of Education's Doctoral Programs.

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