IUP Offers New Endorsement Certificate Program for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Posted on 4/10/2017 10:02:22 AM

The Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services is proud to announce a new program designed to help working teachers improve their expertise. The 12-credit Online Endorsement Certificate will help students to work with children and adults who experience autism spectrum disorder.

All 12 credits in this program will be offered entirely online, helping newly graduated and working teachers enhance their credentials without hindering their careers. In addition to being an ideal fit for current and future special education teachers, the certificate will also enhance the proficiency of professionals with degrees or certification in speech language pathology, educational psychology, and general psychology. The 80 hours of integrated field experiences help you learn to put that knowledge into practice. Courses are taught by faculty who are experts in autism spectrum disorders—they have had long-standing teaching careers supporting students with autism both in K-12 schools and at the college level and conduct research with this population as well. 

The program is open to both current graduate students at IUP and individuals outside of the university community looking to build their teaching credentials. Incoming and current students who hold a Pennsylvania Department of Education teaching certification can complete the coursework and field experience to prepare and be eligible for the official PDE Endorsement Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Click here for more information and a description of the Online Endorsement Certificate program.

Interested? Here is how to apply:

Go to Graduate Admissions. Follow the procedures for “How to Apply” for IUP graduate admissions. You will need to create a profile and apply online, pay the application fee, request official transcripts from colleges and universities you have attended, upload a goal statement, and request two letters of recommendation.