Autism Endorsement: The Foundations and Characteristics of Autism
2017-2018 Professional Development Institutes
, Participants will receive an overview of the foundations and characteristics of autism including diagnosis, co-morbid conditions associated with autism spectrum disorders, special education laws and the unique characteristics of autism as related to communication, social/emotional development, behavior, sensory processing, cognition, and learning. It is geared toward those seeking the
. Up to 67.5 hours may be used toward the endorsement.
This institute is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and is offered at no charge to educators.
All K-12 special and general educators including specialists, building/program administrators, and related service providers working in a public school in Massachusetts.
Dates and Locations:
There are two sessions to choose from. Session 1 will meet in Worcester and Session 2 will meet in Watertown. This is a hybrid online program that will require some live online class attendance, some self paced instruction as well as a live face to face attendance midway through the program and again for a final presentation. Each session will last for 12 weeks. Live online classes will meet from 6:30 - 9:00pm. Please review all dates before applying.
Session 1: Online Classes will meet live on 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8 & 11/29
Session 2: Online Classes will meet on 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25
Additional Time Commitments
There is a follow up face to face day part way through each session to discuss content and work in small groups on projects from 9am-3:30pm.
Session 1 day is Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in Watertown @
Session 2 day is Monday, March 18, 2018 @
51 Water St
There will be an additional follow-up day to present their final project conclusions from 9am-3:30pm.
Session 1: Follow up day is January 28, 2019 in Watertown @
Session 2: Follow up day is May 13, 2019 @
51 Water St
Participants will also engage in an online discussion forum throughout each session using Google Classroom.
: In order to attend this institute and receive the 3 graduate credits or 67.5 PDPs, Participants must attend all dates and follow up sessions of the Institute, complete a pre-test, a post-test, and a survey of the Institute content, and complete all Institute projects and assignments. Graduate credits are from Fitchburg State University at a fee of $295 No partial credits will be given.