Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization
OUSD Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization is a blended professional learning experience open to newly hired Orange Unified special education teachers in need of certification including those credentialed out of state, and those returning to the field with CA Special Education credentials that did not include this authorization. All qualified teachers serving on at least a 50% contract for the school year are offered enrollment in the program. The OUSD ASDAA program builds on the candidate’s previous experience and utilizes online modules, application assignments, research, and a case study to ensure that all teachers completing the program have an understanding of the characteristics of autism, educational strategies to meet the needs of students with autism, and opportunity to demonstrate integration of those strategies in their own teaching. setting.
Structure of Coursework and Field Experiences
Teachers are referred by Human Resources and the Induction Coordinator on the determination of the need for the Added Autism Authorization Program. At that time, teachers receive information about the requirements of the ASDAA Program. The course instructor for the ASDAA Program meets individually with each candidate, determines candidate needs, and explains program structure, expectations, and candidate assessments.
The course is structured in two online courses with 8-11 modules in each course. The Program is offered at no charge to qualified teachers, and teachers have the option of applying to receive three units for each course completed at a cost of $100 per unit, through our partnership with CSUF Extension.
The online coursework is self-paced. Progress is monitored by the course instructor, and individual guidance is given to participating teachers as needed to maximize success. Each course includes fieldwork or clinical practice assignments to ensure the teacher receives guidance and feedback in applying their learning to the job setting.
At the completion of course two, the teacher is observed in their own teaching setting by the course instructor or program director. All documentation is reviewed to determine candidate competency and final recommendation for the authorization.