General Course Information for EXC621: Intro Students w/Autism Spect

Course: EXC621 - Intro Students w/Autism Spect
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Course Description: This course includes history, terms, law, rights of parents, and issues regarding service and programs. Students will develop understanding of successful teaching environment for students with ASD.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Define and describe major models, theories, and philosophies that have formed the basis for thinking regarding those identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Identify the laws and legislation in state and federal litigation as it relates to screening, assessment, educational placement, behavior management, and educational programming for those with ASD.
  • Identify and be able to discuss the issues in definition and identification of individuals with ASD, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Identify characteristics of typical and atypical human growth and development in relationship to those with ASD and related disorders.
  • Describe the effects that ASD can have on an individual's life from early onset through adulthood and discuss the importance of lifelong professional development as it is related to remaining current regarding research-validated practices in working with those with ASD and their families.
  • Discuss a variety of social skills programs that are appropriate in teaching those with ASD across educational and other environments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct on-going self-evaluation of instruction and interaction with families and other professionals in the field of working with those with ASD.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Graduate Certificate in Autism
    • Demonstrate an understanding of federal and state laws, legislation and judicial decisions regarding children with autism.
    • Demonstrate competence and understanding in using behavioral analysis to manage and change behaviors of children with autism.
    • Demonstrate competence in recognizing behaviors and utilizing assessments that identify children as having autism.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the background and orientation of the terms included in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) category.
    • Demonstrate skills needed for working collaboratively within and across systems that serve children and families and with professionals from diverse disciplines.
    • Demonstrate the competence to organize a structured classroom, to collect relevant data on behavioral outcomes, and to implement identified evidence-based strategies for a class that includes students that fall within the spectrum.
    • Demonstrate understanding of differing evidence-based program strategies for teaching students with autism.
  • Specialization in Autism
    • Demonstrate an understanding of federal and state laws.
    • Demonstrate competence and understanding in using behavioral analysis to manage and change behaviors in children with autism.
    • Demonstrate competence in recognizing behaviors and utilizing assessments that identify children as having autism.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures