Wilkes University

Autism Endorsement Program

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The Autism Endorsement Program is a 12-credit fully online graduate program designed to provide professionals with advanced training in the areas of autism spectrum disorders and pervasive developmental disorders.

The program has received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Therefore, satisfactory completion of the 12-credit program, including all course and field experience requirements, will enable candidates to apply to the PDE for an endorsement on their existing Pennsylvania certificates. The four courses may also be taken as electives by other educational and clinical professionals who wish to gain additional knowledge in the areas addressed in each course.

This graduate program:

  • can be completed in three semesters;
  • is offered in a convenient online format
  • may count toward state continuing education units and Act 48 credits;
  • is offered at state-rate tuition, regardless of a student's state of residence;
  • ·offers graduates distinct recognition in the high-need area of autistic spectrum disorders and pervasive developmental disorders;
  • distinguishes graduates from colleagues in the field of education.

The Autism Endorsement Program consists of the following 3-credit courses:

  • AUT 501: Autism Diagnosis and Treatment (20 hours field experience)
  • AUT 502: Applied Behavioral Analysis and Autism (20 hours field experience)
  • AUT 503: Autism Scope and Sequenc (20 hours field experience)
  • AUT 504: Advanced Autism Instruction and Intervention (20 hours field experience)

To help keep track of the program requirements, you can download a pdf-formatted Autism Endorsement Program checklist.

Admissions Requirements:

  • An online application
  • Bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • One graduate recommendation form with specific comment about the applicant's potential for advanced training in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • A copy of current clearances (Criminal Record, Child Abuse, FBI and PDE 6004 Arrest/Conviction) no more than 1 year old

Although open to any professionals who serve people with Autism beyond the classroom, applying for the Pennsylvania Autism Letter of Endorsement requires an Instructional Level I or II certificate from PDE.