Autism Spectrum Disorder Added Authorization in Special Education Credential

Basic Teaching Credentials

The CSU prepares teachers for positions in California as well as other states. It is in the student's best interest to be knowledgeable about credential or licensure requirements of the state in which they intend to teach.

Requirements (16 units)

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Added Authorization may be added to Education Specialist credentials with authorizations under the 1997 standards in Mild to Moderate Disabilities, Physical and Health Impairments, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Visual Impairments. Individuals with a valid Education Specialist credential with Autism Spectrum Disorder Added Authorization may serve students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in educational settings also designated by the primary credential authorization.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must apply online to CSUMentor in addition to submitting a complete Program Admission File (PAF) to be considered for admission to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Added Authorization. Applicants must meet BOTH the general requirements of the university for postbaccalaureate admission and the program requirements in order to be admitted to the university and classified. In preparation for admission, applicants must review the Special Education Credential Program Admission Booklet which can be downloaded at: CSU Special Education Programs website and attend a mandatory Information Session scheduled through Teacher Education in the College of Education Student Services at either the San Bernardino or Palm Desert campus. At this session, applicants will receive instructions for completing their PAF. Applicants must submit a PAF to the admissions desk in the College of Education Student Services according to the deadlines published for the quarter of admission. Admission to the program is based on the following requirements included in the PAF:

  1. Completion of an application form;
  2. Submission of an Education Specialist credential with an authorization under the 1997 standards (i.e. Level I and Level II credentials) in Mild to Moderate Disabilities, Physical and Health Impairments, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Visual Impairments;
  3. Academic achievement, verified through official transcripts from ALL institutions of higher education attended. Applicants must possess a minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.67 in all baccalaureate and postbaccalaureate course work or at least 2.75 in the last 90 quarter units attempted;
  4. Verification of a negative tuberculin examination within the last four years;
  5. Verification of attendance at a Special Education Information Session;
  6. PAF application fee receipt from the Bursar's office.

Upon admission to the university and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Added Authorization Program, all candidates must attend the mandatory New Student Orientation. At this session, candidates will receive a program handbook and will be advised on completing an approved Coursework Plan.

Requirements (16 units)

ESPE 610Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders4
ESPE 623AEducation Specialist Added Authoriztion Practicum: Autism Spectrum Disorders I (must be taken concurrently with ESPE 610)4
ESPE 623BEducation Specialist Added Authoriztion Practicum: Autism Disorders II (must be taken concurrently with ESPE 627)4
ESPE 627Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders4
Total Units16