PSY 290 Introduction to Autism (4 credits)
SPE 200 Introduction to Developmental Disorders (4 credits)
SPE 205 Registered Behavior Technician Training (2 credits)
SPE 499 Spectrum Education Center Internship (4 credits)
SPE 210 PEERS Program Mentoring Training (2 credits) OR ISP 220 Intro to Exceptional Learners (4 credits)
Total: 16-18 credits
Introduction to Autism (PSY 290 – 4 credits)
This course is designed for students interested in learning more about people with autism spectrum disorders. In this course students will gain an understanding of the characteristics and incidence of autism, and the implications for children's learning, behavior and ability to process information. Students will explore the latest research on potential causes, best practices for assessment and intervention, areas of impairment, as well as current issues related to autism services.
Introduction to Developmental Disorders (SPE 200 – 4 credits)
In this course students will learn about the philosophies, terminologies, and concepts that will enable them to work more effectively with people who have developmental disabilities. Students will get the foundational knowledge needed for teaching, assisting, and working with people with disabilities. They will learn how to identify different behavioral patterns and implement effective strategies to manage challenges.
Registered Behavior Technician Training (SPE 205 – 2 credits)
This course provides a practical working knowledge of the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as approved by the Behavior Analytic Certification Board (BACB). Students who complete this course are prepared to take the board certification exam and begin work in the field.
Spectrum Education Center Internship (SPE 499 – 2-8 credits)
This is an experienced-based course in which students spend 6-24 hours (dependent on credit hours) per week working with a site that provides services for people with developmental disabilities. Supervision is jointly provided by the cooperating site and the Spectrum Education Center. Graded S/U.
PEERS Program Mentor Training (SPE 210 – 2 credits)
This course is designed for undergraduate students who wish to work with adolescents on the autism spectrum. The experiential learning component of this course is conducted as part of the PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) Program, which is offered through the Spectrum Education Center. PEERS is an evidence- based social skills intervention program for adolescents who are interested in learning ways to help them develop friendships. Students in this course learn and practice implementing social skill interventions.
Intro to Exceptional Learners (ISP 220 – 4 credits)
This course is based on standards set by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), includes a focus on the cognitive, social, and behavioral development of typical and atypical learners. An understanding of the relationship of special education to schools, school systems, and other agencies is emphasized. Field experience is required in order to complete course assignments. Prerequisite: EDU 150 or MUS 150.