Credential Added Authorization

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) has approved the Division of Teacher Education, Special Education Programs, to offer an added authorization in the area of autism spectrum disorders for teachers who possess a Mild/Moderate Disabilities (Level 1) Education Specialist Credential to expand the scope of instruction for current teachers. The added authorization program consists of 12 units (4 courses). Courses are offered online or at APU regional campuses with sufficient enrollment.

Eligible Candidates

Those with a current CTC-designated Mild/Moderate Disabilities Education Specialist Credential (before summer 2010):

  • Level 1 Credential
  • Level 2 Credential

Program Requirements

  1. A 3.0 grade-point average
  2. Appropriate Mild/Moderate Disabilities Education Specialist (K-12) Credential. Students should contact their credential analyst in the Office of Credentials at (626) 815-5346 prior to initiating a program.

For additional information, please contact the Division of Teacher Education, Special Education Programs, at (626) 387-5791.

Added Authorization Requirements

SPED 503Behavioral Support to Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities3
SPED 512Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice3
SPED 522Collaboration and Communication Skills of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3
SPED 542Meeting the Academic Needs of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3