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Continuing Education: Autism Endorsement

  • SPC offers three sets of online courses, totaling 12 credit hours, that meet the Florida Department of Education's requirements for Autism Endorsement. To receive this endorsement, you must have a Florida Exceptional Student Certificate first.
  • EEX 4094 and EEX 4941 offered in Summer and Fall
    EEX 4291 and EEX 4942 offered in Fall and Spring
    EEX 4761 and EEX 4943 offered in Spring and Summer
  • EEX 4094   NATURE AND DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT OF AUTISMcredits: 3

    Prerequisite: Students must be in the AUTISM-NO program. This course is an introduction to the nature of autism which surveys the history of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and gives an overview of the characteristics of children on the autism spectrum. Students will study the assessment and diagnosis of autism and examine research-based best practices for children on the autism spectrum. 47 contact hours.

    EEX 4291   EFFECTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR AUTISM THROUGH DESIGN, ASSESSMENT, BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT AND PBScredits: 3

    Prerequisite: Admission to the AUTISM-NO program. This course offers instruction regarding behavior management of and classroom management supports for children with autism. Class members will examine various behavior analysis techniques, positive behavior and classroom supports for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Class members will evaluate behavior assessments and construct instructional planning for children with autism. 47 contact hours.

    EEX 4761   COMMUNICATION, ASSESSMENT, STRATEGIES, AND ASSISTIVE AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISMcredits: 3

    Prerequisite: Students must be in the AUTISM-NO program. The course will examine the potential usefulness of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) supports to increase, maintain or improve functional communication skills of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in community and school settings. Students will develop the awareness and the necessary skills to conduct informed observations of communication abilities and to identify AAC supports that match the individual's learning style. Students will learn strategies to collaborate with teachers, family members and related professionals to increase communication amongst stakeholders. 47 contact hours.

    EEX 4941   NATURE AND DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT OF AUTISM FIELD EXPERIENCEcredits: 1

    Prerequisite: Students must be in the AUTISM-NO program. Corequisite: EEX 4094. This course is a companion course to the Nature of Autism course. Students will spend time in a classroom with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in order to apply the knowledge gained in the paired theory course. Assignments and peer discussion relating to the observed application of material covered in the companion course will be submitted. 30 clock hours spent with child or children diagnosed with ASD in a school setting. 15 contact hours.

    EEX 4942   EFFECTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS FOR AUTISM THROUGH DESIGN, ASSESSMENT, BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT AND PBS FIELD EXPERIENCEcredits: 1

    Prerequisite: Students must be in the AUTISM-NO program. Corequisite: EEX 4291. This course is a companion course to the Effective Learning Environments for Students with Autism course. Students will spend time in a classroom with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in order to apply the knowledge gained in the paired theory course. Assignments and peer discussion relating to the observed application of material covered in the companion course will be submitted. 30 clock hours spent with child or children diagnosed with ASD in a school setting. 15 contact hours.

    EEX 4943   COMMUNICATION ASSESSMENT, STRATEGIES, AND ASSISTIVE AND INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM FIELD EXPERIENCEcredits: 1

    Prerequisite: Students must be in the AUTISM-NO program. Corequisite: EEX 4761. This course is a companion course to the Communication with Students with Autism, Families and Other Professionals course. Students will spend time in a classroom with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in order to apply the knowledge gained in the paired theory course. Assignments and peer discussion relating to the observed application of material covered in the companion course will be submitted. 30 clock hours are required with a child or children diagnosed with ASD in a school setting. 15 contact hours.

  • How To Apply

    1. Apply to SPC as a credit student and receive your student ID. When completing the application, apply as a "credit student". The program/student plan is DG-NO--Upper Division Non Degree, then choose Autism—Non Degree. You must include all Florida residency information and documentation and pay the application fee or your application may not be processed.
    2. Scan/email a copy of your ESE Teaching Certificate or DOE number to Francine Fuentes at fuentes.francine@spcollege.edu or fax 727-499-4620. Include the number of years teaching ASD and current school or classroom for field experiences.
    3. Email your SPC student ID number to fuentes.francine@spcollege.edu for registration access. Students who complete these steps will receive directions to enroll.

    Students enrolled in Autism courses are classified as non-degree; however, courses are graded/for credit and will be reflected on an official SPC transcript. 

    For questions about this program, contact the College of Education at 727-341-3550 or fuentes.francine@spcollege.edu.