Coordinator: Terri Cooper Swanson
The Department of Special Services and Leadership Studies offers a 15 credit hour certificate to those who complete a graduate program of study in Autism Spectrum Disorders. The program of study is a joint effort by Pittsburg State University, Fort Hays State University, and the Kansas State Department of Education. Course objectives in the certificate program align with the Council for Exceptional Children Standards for Teachers of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities/Autism.
Students must select one of the two strands in the program: “classic” autism or higher functioning autism/Asperger syndrome. Those who select the “classic” strand will take nine of the required core hours from PSU and the final three from FHSU. Those who select the higher functioning autism/Asperger syndrome strand will take the 12 required core hours from PSU. Both strands are completed with a three hour elective.
The class in communication for the “classic” strand is offered through Fort Hays State University, and students transfer the credit to Pittsburg State University. Elective courses are offered through PSU or they may be taken through KSDE or professional associations for credit at the discretion of PSU.
Students who wish to complete both strands of the certificate program will be required to take the additional three hour course, completing the certificate program with 18 hours.
Two classes are offered each semester so that the certificate can be earned in one calendar year.
Once students have completed the required coursework and demonstrated that they have met the skill competency requirements, their advisor will recommend them for the certificate.