Autism Spectrum Disorder Professional Concentration

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More children than ever before are being classified as having autism spectrum disorders. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder. The Professional Concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorder addresses the critical professional development need of therapists, educators, parents and medical professionals who provide interventions and support for this special population of children.
  • Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S. The need is great for all professionals trained to work with this special population.
  • Special education teachers, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, school counselors and many others who work with those on the autism spectrum can benefit from this training.

This program requires completion of nine required units of designated online coursework, with at least a "B" average. Applying coursework toward an award also requires a grade of "C" or better in each course.

Course content is frequently revised to ensure that the program is up-to-date with the latest industry standards. For this reason, you must complete all of the course requirements of your professional concentration within five years from the day you enroll in the first course. A professional concentration will not be awarded if the requirements are not completed and your application for candidacy is not received within this timeframe.

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Required Courses

Applied Behavior Analysis Strategies and Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Quarter Academic Credit
3

Explore applied behavior analysis principles and how they can be used in an educational environment to teach various skills and support student behavior. Examine such strategies as positive reinforcement, teaching of functional-equivalent replacement behaviors, shaping, prompting, errorless learning, discrete trial teaching, as well as other naturalistic behavioral strategies. Apply the concepts and principles you learn in class through case studies and other interactive activities.

This course meets the qualifications for 30 hours of continuing education for MFTs, LPCCs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UC Davis Extension provider number PCE577. 

This is not a self-paced course.  Students will progress through the course together.  Lessons will be posted one week at a time.  The previous week's lesson will remain available for the duration of the course.  Students who enroll after the start date of the course will have to contact the instructor regarding missed lessons. 

Course Code
393620
Evidence Based Practices for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Quarter Academic Credit
3
This class provides participants with a general understanding of the criteria for judging an instructional practice to be evidence based. It also examines the recommended strategies and methodologies for instructing individuals with autism and strategies for effectively collaborating with a wide variety of professionals and service providers. This course covers the following strategies: visual supports, modeling, video modeling, scripting, social narratives, social skills training, peer play group, peer mediated interventions and parent training and interventions. 
Course Code
500868
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder
Quarter Academic Credit
3

Gain an understanding of the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the implications for children’s learning, behavior and ability to process information. Three primary areas of impairment are examined (communication, socialization and restricted patterns of behavior), along with emotional regulation and sensorimotor differences that may impact children’s academic, social, self-help and play skills. Explore the latest research on potential causes, best practices for assessment and intervention, as well as current legal and ethical issues related to autism services. Other topics include parent-professional collaboration and transition planning from infancy through adulthood. 

This is not a self-paced course.  Students will progress through the course together.  Lessons will be posted one week at a time.  The previous week's lesson will remain available for the duration of the course.  Students who enroll after the start date of the course will have to contact the instructor regarding missed lessons. 

This course meets the qualifications for 30 hours of continuing education for MFTs, LPCCs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UC Davis Extension provider number PCE577.

Course Code
393610

Required Courses

Required Courses Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
Applied Behavior Analysis Strategies and Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder 3 Online Online
Evidence Based Practices for Autism Spectrum Disorder 3 Online Online
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder 3 Online Online Online

Cost

  • Course cost $675 each, for a total program cost of $2,025
  • Textbooks are not included in the cost of tuition, and cost approximately $175

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Ready to advance your training? Pick the option that best suits your needs and your lifestyle:
  • Register. Fill out a brief registration form. By doing so, you declare your intent to complete the program, lock in program requirements and program staff will be available to answer any questions you may have an assist you with your course plan.
  • Enroll in an individual course. Check out individual courses that are currently open for enrollment. Courses will be applied to the certificate program if you later decide to complete your certificate.
  • Sign up for an information session. Learn more about the program by enrolling in a free information session. If an information session for this program is not currently open for enrollment, click on “notify me,” and we’ll contact you when the next one becomes available.
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