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In a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control concluded that one in every 50 American children are on the autism spectrum – a large increase from last year’s finding of 1 in 88. To meet the needs of this continually growing population, the Fontbonne University offers two options for those interested in entering or increasing their expertise in the field of autism education: a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders and a Masters of Arts in Education with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Developed by the Center for Teacher and Therapist Education (CTTE) in collaboration with the Department of Education/Special Education and Deaf Education, the ASD-specific coursework prepares professionals to work with children and youth and their families. In addition, the program promotes early intervention and early transition planning with family education and support to assist parents in making informed decisions regarding a variety of treatment approaches and opportunities.
The certificate program is comprised of five, three-credit hour specialized ASD courses, and the 32-hour master’s degree requires a combination of courses, including core education classes and electives.
Find out more today. Call 314.863.2220 or email the department.
Current definitions within the context of education are documented by the US Department of Education through IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Along with overall descriptions of how a child is determined eligible for special education, the definition for each disability area is provided HERE (Autism, specific definition, is covered in section (c)(1) (scroll down).