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Autism Spectrum Disorder Professional Concentration

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.

About the Program:

Gain practical knowledge that matters

  • Understand the many behavioral and neurological elements of the disorder
  • Learn to assess a child’s level of involvement
  • Determine baseline data for progress measures
  • Discover specific intervention treatment programs and strategies for addressing the myriad presenting behaviors

Designed for professionals like you

This program is designed for teachers, administrators, speech and occupational therapists, paraprofessionals and parents. It is also available on a contract basis through school districts, county offices of education and regional special education units.

Estimated Cost:

Learn more about the cost of textbooks and tuition for this program here.

How to Apply:

To establish candidacy for the award, you must submit an application and pay the nonrefundable application fee. Applications are due prior to enrolling in the third course of the program. Once you complete the last course in the program, please submit a Notice of Completion. This action prompts our offices to review your file and take the necessary steps to get your certificate mailed in a timely manner.

Program Requirements:

To earn the Professional Concentration award, you should be currently serving or have the desire to work with students on the autism spectrum in an educational capacity.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Professional Concentration award is earned upon successful completion of three required courses with at least a "B" average in program coursework. Applying coursework towards an award also requires a grade of "C" or better in each course.

Quarterly schedule of courses

CourseUnitsFWSPSU
Required
Courses
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder3.0OOO
Applied Behavior Analysis Strategies and Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder3.0OO
Evidence Based Practices for Autism Spectrum Disorder3.0OO
F=Fall W=Winter SP=Spring SU=Summer; Schedules subject to change.
O = Online C = Classroom OC = Online and Classroom H = Hybrid


Required Courses

3.0 quarter units academic credit X461.1

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.

Sections of this course open for enrollment:
3.0 quarter units academic credit X461.2

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. 

This course is not currently open for enrollment.
3.0 quarter units academic credit X461.4
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. 
Sections of this course open for enrollment:

STUDENT REVIEWS

"The material covered is well organized and gives just enough detail about all the important concepts. The instructors are down to earth, accessible and knowledgeable. They bring terrific real-life experiences to the classroom and teach lessons that can't be read in any book. They are also understanding of the fact that most of us taking these courses work full-time and make allowances for this accordingly."

Maria Sasaki, M.P.H., BCBA, Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program candidate, behavioral consultant, San Jose, Calif.

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