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Autism Endorsement


The Autism Endorsement Certification at Kutztown University provides specialized training at the graduate and undergraduate level for certified (graduate) and pre-service (undergraduate) teachers who support or aspire to support students with autism spectrum disorders. Candidates who successfully complete this program at the graduate level are eligible to receive the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement Certificate. Undergraduate candidates who successfully complete this program are also eligible to receive the Autism Spectrum Endorsement Certificate Disorders contingent upon receiving a Level I instructional certificate. 

In order to apply for the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement Certificate, applicants must possess a valid PA Instructional I or II certificate. Non-baccalaureate candidates may apply to the Autism Endorsement Program at Kutztown University provided that they are enrolled in an area of study leading to an Instructional I or II certificate.


Autism Endorsement Certification (12 semester hours,100% online)

SPU 433 Characteristics and Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders
This course covers the characteristics of autism and other related disorders, commonly referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including; communication deficits, social skills, stereotypical behaviors, and typical responses to environmental stimuli. Additionally, theoretical and scientific etiologies are discussed with various diagnostic instruments and procedures. Cultural perspectives of autism and related disorders with their relationships to educational services are also addressed.

SPU 434 Applied Behavior Analysis
This course introduces principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and how it can serve individuals with autism, with special attention given to classroom settings. ABA coverage includes; reinforcement, punishment, thinning, stimulus control, prompting, fading, generalization, maintenance, and data collection with analyses. Specific empirically-based ABA methods such as discrete trial training, direct instruction, and verbal behavior will be discussed. 

SPU 435 Assessment and Instructional Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This course examines methods of assessment for implementing instructional strategies that have been shown to be effective in promoting the development of communication and social skills by students with ASD. Augmentative and alternative communications systems (AAC) and approaches for teaching social skills in home, school, and community environments along with coordination of services and advocating for students with ASD will be discussed.

SPU 436 Working with Individuals with ASD and Collaborating with Family, Agencies, and the Community
An opportunity is provided for observation and for student teaching of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Discussion periods are provided for the classification of techniques, methods, and approaches. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Contact

For information, please Bloh, Ph.D., BCBA-D.

To apply, please complete the online application for professional credit status. There is no application fee.  Once the application is added to the system, an acknowledgment email will be sent providing you with a list of items due and a login to access your KU online student center, referred to as MyKU.  Submit all non-KU transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions. You will then receive a notification with the next steps for the registration process.  At the conclusion of each course, you may apply for ACT 48 credits.  Information can be found at ACT 48.