Why Enroll in the Autism Education Endorsement Courses at Barry University?

Today 1 in every 59 children in the U.S. is identified as having autism or autism spectrum disorders (ASD), as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2018. This is a significant increase from 2000, when the projected prevalence rate was 1 in every 150 children. The new prevalence rate highlights the rapid expansion of the number of children requiring special services and instructional supports in our schools and also the increased need for teachers who are qualified to work with these students. For the past three consecutive years, the Florida State Board of Education has reported an unmet and increased demand for qualified ESE teachers, particularly in the area of autism. Due to this critical teacher shortage, there are many available jobs in this specialized area. To qualify for a teaching position to work with children with autism requires you to obtain the Endorsement in Autism.

Only four courses (12 credits) beyond a valid certificate in special education or Exceptional Student Education (ESE) are needed for the endorsement.

You may complete the four endorsement courses at Barry University within two short semesters to qualify to teach students with autism.

Endorsement courses may be added to a Bachelor's or Master's degree in ESE.

Courses needed are:

  • ESE 673 Nature and Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
  • ESE 583A Educational Assessment of Students with Exceptionalities: Focus on ASD (3
  • ESE 527A Behavior Management & Positive Behavior Support for Children with ASD (3)
  • ESE 683 Instructional Strategies for Students with ASD: Technological and Communication Interventions (3)