Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Coordinator:  Terri Cooper Swanson

Telephone:  913-529-4487

Office:  Kansas City Metro Center, 12345 W. 95th, Suite 204, Lenexa, KS

e-mail:  tswanson AT pittstate DOT edu

The Department of Teaching and Leadership 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 Pittsburg State University and the final three from Fort Hays State University.  Those who select the higher functioning autism/Asperger syndrome strand will take the 12 required core hours from Pittsburg State University.  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 Pittsburg State University or they may be taken through Kansas State Department of Education or professional associations for credit at the discretion of Pittsburg State University. 

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.

Program completion

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.

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