The Autism Endorsement Certificate Program is a 12-credit program designed to provide licensed educators with the competencies necessary to meet the complex educational needs of students with autism according to their potential in their least restrictive environment. The certificate program will be available to Massachusetts educators with a teacher license and at least three credits related to special education, or possession of an initial or professional license as Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, Teachers of Students with Severe Disabilities, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, and Teacher of the Visually Impaired. The content of the courses is based on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines and the best practices identified by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) for an Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist. The educators enrolled in the certificate program will be able to demonstrate how to conduct assessments, develop IEPs based on assessment, and implement specially designed instruction for students on the autism spectrum. By earning the certificate educators will have a greater understanding of the foundations and characteristics of autism, research based assessment methods, how to identify the supports necessary to provide the least restrictive environment for a student with autism, and the best practices in collaboration and consultation with general education teachers and related service providers.
Assistant Professor & Chairperson for Graduate Studies
Bridgewater State University