The CGU ASD Certificate Program brings together an array of experts and educators from a variety of fields to develop and examine the most current and effective techniques for working with children with autism spectrum disorder. Designed by Special Education faculty and partnerships with area providers, the CGU ASD Certificate Program provides participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively work with students with ASD and their families.
Curriculum and Requirements
The CGU ASD Certificate Program is a 3-course, 12-unit certificate program that will culminate in a CGU Certificate in ASD as well as a California Added-Authorization in Autism Spectrum Disorders for qualified candidates. The following is a list of courses and descriptions for the program.
Course Sequence and Description
ED 686 Research to Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders
This course explores effective research methodology in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) as well as related communication and behavior disorders and their link to evidence-based interventions. Model programs and practices are explored through presentations, demonstrations, and field research. Understanding of practices in assessment, progress monitoring, and empirically-based interventions for social, communication and cognitive needs will be developed through observation and practice. A research practicum with one of our (CGU ASD) partners -- Casa Colina Rehabilitation Hospital Children’s Services Autism Program, Pomona/San Gabriel Regional Center, West End SELPA -- will be performed during the course. The practicum schedule will be announced early in the course. Note: This course is designed as part of CGU’s Autism Certificate, but is also open to MA and PhD students who have experience working with students with moderate/severe disabilities.
ED 687 Policy Issues in Autism and Related Communication and Behavioral Learning
Through this course participants will develop familiarity with state and federal regulations regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Emotional Disorders (ED), and behavioral interventions. Implications of due process will be discussed. There will be opportunities for practice in functional behavior assessment and developing positive support plans. Ethical considerations in providing services and working with families will be addressed in collaboration with the Learning Rights Law Center. Developing familiarity with advocacy issues and their application to practice will be explored. Developing collaborative skills in working with para-professionals, families and colleagues will be addressed. Planning a ‘model learning environment’ for learners with ASD or related communication behavioral disorders is a part of the final project. A part of this course is a practicum/research project with a legal or advocacy group.
ED 685 Effective Practices in Autism: Lecture/Discussion Research Seminar with Practicum Lab
The course will focus on the identification and implementation of evidence-based practices through lecture/discussion sessions. Defining research evidence, and a review of the supporting literature for evidence-based practices, including evaluations of research designs, will be a focus of the course. The implementation of practices with fidelity and in an ethical manner also will be a focus as well, working in collaboration to assure the maintenance and generalization of functional skills. Practicum requirements include the observation and implementation of evidence-based practices in the field. Ongoing progress monitoring through data collection will be included as part of the practicum.
The CGU ASD Certificate will be granted upon the completion of these three courses including the research/practicum project associated with each course. This series will also qualify as a CCTC Added Authorization in Autism Spectrum Disorders which can be added to the Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential, the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, Physical and Health Impairment, and Visual Impairment credentials.
Existing students (MA & PhD) may take these courses as part of their program and thus include the CGU ASD Certificate as part of their degree work. Non-CGU students may apply to the certificate program only, or they may apply to a full MA or PhD program.
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