Apr 14, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

EDUC 420 - Autism Spectrum Disorders

Cross-listed as EDUC 527 (3 credits)
This is an introductory course on Autistic Spectrum Disorders that will focus on the range of behaviors, characteristics and educational implications of students on the Autism Spectrum. Focus will be on ABA based teaching interventions in the classroom and natural environment teaching (NET). Areas of communication, social skills, and stereotypical behaviors will be examined. Recognition of, and intervention for co-morbid conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorder will be examined. Family relationships and long term educational planning will be addressed. Twenty hours of required field experience for this course will be completed by working directly with students who have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Students enrolled in EDUC 527  will be required to complete an additional meta-review assignment. They will compare and contrast 4 to 6 peer reviewed articles on an approved topic related to the course content. This course is part of Saint Francis University’s one year, online Autism Certificate program, consisting of four courses (12 credits) and 80 hours of field experience. Saint Francis University has been authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to offer the PDE Autism Endorsement Certificate. Candidates who are Instructional I or II certified through PDE will receive an endorsement on their certificate upon successful completion of the program. This endorsement is not a substitution for a certification in Special Education. Those candidates who do not have a state issued instructional certificate will receive a certificate from SFU upon successful completion of the program. Students interested in obtaining the PDE endorsement will be required to complete an additional 15 hours of field work. Required clearances will be needed to participate in field experiences.