The Autism Endorsement Program is a 12-credit fully online graduate program designed to provide professionals with advanced training in the areas of autism spectrum disorders and pervasive developmental disorders. The program has received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Therefore, satisfactory completion of the 12-credit program, including all course and field experience requirements, will enable candidates to apply to the PDE for an endorsement on their existing Pennsylvania certificates. The four courses may also be taken as electives by other educational and clinical professionals who wish to gain additional knowledge in the areas addressed in each course.
According to 2013 Center for Disease Control (CDC) data, the prevalence of children diagnosed with autism has increased from 1 in 100 to 1 in 88. This has created an increased prevalence of students in need of special programming throughout school districts nationwide.
This graduate program:
can be completed in three semesters;
is offered in a convenient online format
may count toward state continuing education units and Act 48 credits;
is offered at state-rate tuition, regardless of a student's state of residence;
·offers graduates distinct recognition in the high-need area of autistic spectrum disorders and pervasive developmental disorders;
distinguishes graduates from colleagues in the field of education.
The Autism Endorsement Program consists of the following 3-credit courses:
AUT 501: Autism Diagnosis and Treatment (20 hours field experience)
AUT 502: Applied Behavioral Analysis and Autism (20 hours field experience)
AUT 503: Autism Scope and Sequence (20 hours field experience)
AUT 504: Advanced Autism Instruction and Intervention (20 hours field experience)
Student enrollments will dictate whether courses are offered each semester. If the minimum enrollment is not met in a course, the course will be withdrawn from the schedule. To help keep track of the program requirements, you can download a pdf-formatted Austism Endorsement Program checklist.
Complete the online application. Application fee is $35 (waived for those who have previously applied to a Wilkes University graduate program). When applying, choose the non-degree seeking (NDS) Autism (AUT) option on the pull-down menu for your desired major.
To be accepted, you must mail the following additional documents:
official transcripts from any undergraduate or graduate institutions for which you earned your professional certificate or license;
copy of your instructional certificate or state licensure;
one completed Graduate Recommendation Form with a specific comment about the applicant’s potential for advanced training in autistic spectrum disorders.
A paper application is also available for those who prefer this option, but the application fee increases to $45 with this format.
Upon completion of the online application, you will receive a Wilkes Identification Number (WIN) and other information that will allow you to log into the Wilkes Portal (mywilkes.wilkes.edu).
The portal allows students to register for courses online, view and print grades and unofficial transcripts, make use of online library services, and view other information pertinent to Wilkes University graduate students.
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