Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement at the Pitt School of Education is a 15-credit certificate program designed to enrich the knowledge and skills of teachers and other practitioners in the area of autism. The program focuses on the characteristics and etiology of autism; the assessment and instructional programming for language/communication, social skills, and academic subjects across settings and grade levels; and family, interagency, and community collaboration.

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Program Details

The Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement is a 15-credit program that consists of core courses in autism topics, a practicum experience with children with autism, and an elective course.

The following groups of individuals are encouraged to apply:

  • Post-Baccalaureate or Post-Master’s students who possess a Pennsylvania Department of Education Level I or Level II teaching certificate and are interested in obtaining the PDE Program Endorsement in Autism
  • Post-Baccalaureate or Post-Master’s students who do not have a teaching certificate, but who are interested in enhancing their credentials in the area of Autism
  • Degree-seeking Master’s students who are currently enrolled in a program that leads to a Pennsylvania Department of Education Level II teaching certificate and who are interested in obtaining the PDE Program Endorsement in Autism
  • Degree-seeking Master’s and PhD students who do not have a teaching certificate, but who are interested in enhancing their credentials in the area of Autism

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Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete 15 credits from the prescribed curriculum, as well as complete a practicum experience. 

Certifications

For those with a Pennsylvania Department of Education Level I or Level II teaching certificate, the program also fulfills the Pennsylvania Department of Education Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Endorsement requirements. The list of possible certifications to which the endorsement might be added includes but is not limited to the following: regular and special education, school psychologist, principal, guidance counselor, speech and language clinician, occupational and physical therapist, reading specialist, and home and school visitor.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements differ based on the status of the enrolling student.

Students already matriculated in a School of Education graduate program:
Students already matriculated in a graduate degree program in another University of Pittsburgh School:
  • Completed Pitt Education Admissions Application
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) by credit card, check, or money order payable to 'University of Pittsburgh'.
  • Resubmission of materials initially submitted for admission to the SOE degree program
  • Transcripts from current degree program
Non-matriculated students seeking only the University of Pittsburgh Autism Certificate:
  • Completed Pitt Education Admissions Application
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) by credit card, check, or money order payable to 'University of Pittsburgh'.
  • Transcripts of work done in all undergraduate and graduate study. An overall minimum QPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for previous undergraduate work is required. (Provisional admission may be granted to individuals with a slightly lower QPA when professional experience and recommendations indicate an ability to pursue graduate level study.)
  • Official, third-party evaluation of all international transcripts for applicants who have not received a master's degree within the United States. We strongly recommend using World Education Services (WES) to complete this service.
  • A written statement of career goals and degree objectives.
  • Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all applicants whose native language is not English and/or who have not finished academic degree requirements in an English-medium college or university.
  • Three letters of recommendation

Prerequisites

There are no specific course prerequisites for this certificate. However, since it is a Post-baccalaureate Certificate program, a student must already have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and meet the University’s minimum requirements for graduate school.

 

Career Pathways

The list of possible certifications to which the endorsement might be added includes but is not limited to the following: regular and special education, school psychologist, principal, guidance counselor, speech and language clinician, occupational and physical therapist, reading specialist, and home and school visitor.