This program is designed to enable current JMU students to increase their knowledge and understanding of individuals with a disability on the autism spectrum, including those with Asperger syndrome, and to engage in the practice of assessing, planning and implementing programming for this population. The content of this program is suitable for those working with this population anytime along the entire lifespan. Coursework includes:
Field experiences provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice skills in working with learners with Autism, and their families, in a variety of educational settings, across a variety of abilities, grade levels and demographics.
Undergraduate level certificate: This sequence does not include practicum work. The undergraduate certificate would be most suited for those without direct responsibility or exposure to individuals with autism and those who do not hold an undergraduate degree but with a desire to increase their understanding of this population (9 credit hours of study).
Graduate level certificate: This sequence was developed to give an in-depth study of the characteristics, assessment, and provision of services for this population. Students complete three courses and a practicum designed to put into practice the skills learned during coursework. This program would be most suitable for those responsible for the direct services, assessment, and planning for those with a disability on the spectrum (11 credit hours of study).