Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement

Academic Year 2012-2013: The Special Education Department is pleased to announcement that our Autism Spectrum Disorder Program has been approved as an official Pennsylvania Department of Education endorsement. 

Research from the Centers for Disease Control estimates that one in every 88 children in the U.S. is diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. This represents a 23 percent rise (link: in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from 2009. Corresponding with the rapid increase in autism spectrum disorder diagnoses is a strong demand for skilled teachers and educational support professionals to develop effective learning and behavioral interventions for this population of school-age children.

Saint Joseph’s offers a four-course (12-credit) autism spectrum disorder endorsement that focuses on appropriate assessment and research-based strategies with an emphasis on skill development and behavioral modification for students of all ages who have been diagnosed on the autism spectrum. This endorsement program may be completed in as few as two semesters, offers hybrid courses and may be applied to continuing education units, such as Act 48, needed by practicing teachers. The endorsement may also be completed as added concentration within the M.S. special education program.

This endorsement is designed for special education teachers and individuals who possess interest in expanding their skills and knowledge in this area.