For Immediate Release
Further Information: Contact Joseph Giomboni
Public Relations Office, (570) 208-5958
King’s College has introduced a four-course program in Autism Spectrum Disorder that has been endorsed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The courses will be offered in an accelerated weekend format and the cost per credit will be discounted through the King’s Scholarship Incentive Program.
The first of the four classes to be offered, “Characteristics and Etiology of Autism,” will be offered March 15-17 and April 4-6. Classes will meet Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To comply with PDE endorsement guidelines, students in each of the four classes will be required to complete 20 hours of independent field study in addition to the classroom instruction to achieve the three graduate credits per course.
Other courses in the program, which will be offered at least once per academic year, are “Instructional Interventions and Methods for Autism Spectrum Disorder,” “Autism Assessment for Instructional Planning,” and “Collaboration with Families, Agencies, and Communities.” All four of the courses will be offered for the first time in the next five months. Individuals holding certification through PDE will be eligible to add the autism endorsement to their certification after completing all four courses.
The King’s Scholarship Incentive Program is designed to allow individuals involved in area education or human services to broaden their education and training at a reduced rate. Cost per credit hour for all coursed in the education graduate and certificate programs is $300, more than a 67 percent discount from established prices per graduate credit hour.
The new program has been established in response to the increased diagnosis of individuals with autism spectrum disorders which has created a greater need for people trained to work with children and adults with resulting special educational needs.
“With the advent of better medical treatment and diagnosis, individual educational planning and strategies, and a better understanding that autism is made up of an array of physical, emotional, social, and intellectual symptoms within a spectrum of disorders, the prevalence of the Autism Spectrum Disorder within the population has increased from the early 1940s of five per 10,000 children to an average of one per 88 children currently,” said Dr. Denise Reboli, professor and chair of the education department.
Further information about the program is available by contacting the King’s College Graduate Division at 208-5991.
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