Preparing Educators of Students with Autism
The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Preparing Educators of Students with Autism (PESA) is designed for professional and others with an interest in supporting individuals on the autism spectrum. The upper level graduate courses emphasize research and theory related to the core autism challenge of social communication, individual and family perspectives, integrated approaches to intervention, and practical considerations.
The fully online format incorporates guided weekly discussions in which students engage in critical analysis of intervention practices and related issues by referencing current research. Courses also incorporate opportunity for students to pursue topics of individual interest.
As an alternative to completing the five-course certificate, courses can be taken individually. For example, they can be used as electives for master's or Ph.D. programs in special education, school psychology, speech and hearing, or related degrees - programs in which students enroll separately. Courses can also be used in combination as a graduate minor. As a five-course specialty certificate, PESA does not grant a teaching license or degree.
Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Preparing Educators of Students with Autism prepares you for such careers and endeavors as:
- Autistic specialist or consultant
- Special education teacher
- Higher education faculty
- Other roles that support individuals on the autism spectrum, such as family members
To earn your Graduate Certificate in Preparing Educators of Students with Autism, you must complete 15 credit hours of core coursework.