Professional Development

Educators in NorthEast Ohio benefit from access to professional development services at the Spectrum Education Center. Professional development sessions can be tailored to the needs of the organization, and state-of-the-art classroom and meeting space is available on Mount Union’s campus to host your staff training.

Training: Spectrum’s director, Kristine Turko, is a certified instructor for the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association. Contact Spectrum to schedule professional development at your school. Regularly offered topics of instruction include:

  • Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention (PMII)
  • Social Narratives (SN)
  • Visual Supports (VS)
  • Early Identification
  • Cognitive Differences
  • Parent Implemented Intervention
  • Reinforcement (R+)
  • Task Analysis (TA)

Registered Behavior Technician certification: Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification allows credentialed individuals to provide behavior analytic services, while working under the guidance of a BCBA. The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of behavior-analytic services.  Legislation in some states mandates that all paraprofessionals who work with students with autism have the RBT credential. The RBT credential is a highly sought after commodity.        

The Spectrum Education Center offers RBT training to those interested in earning the credential. Applicants must be 18 years of age, possess a minimum of a high school diploma or national equivalent, complete 40 hours of training, complete a criminal background check, pass the RBT Competency Assessment, and pass the RBT exam. Spectrum’s program includes the required 40 hours of training, competency assessment, and exam preparation. To apply to for training or to learn more about the program contact

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