The Department of Special Education currently provides specialized teacher preparation related to instructional practices and interventions for pupils with autism.

Our Programs

Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing revised program requirements for teachers of students with autism.  Beginning in Fall 2010 every candidate for the Education Specialist program will receive training in autism.  If you currently hold an Education Specialist in Early Childhood Special Education or Moderate/Severe, you already have training in autism and are NOT required to obtain this new added authorization.  However, anyone who received their Education Specialist credential in Mild/Moderate prior to Fall 2010 AND who currently works with or is interested in working with children with autism must complete an added authorization.  Additionally persons with a Learning Handicapped Credential, Education Specialist in other areas must also obtain the new added authorization. At CSU Fullerton the added authorization consists of the following four classes (at 3 units each):

  • SPED 401 Introduction to Autism (pre-requisite to 502)
  • SPED 502 Teaching Strategies for Students with ASD
  • SPED 522 Positive Behavior Support
  • SPED 533 Collaboration

For more information on enrolling in our Autism Spectrum Disorder Added Authorization program, click here or contact Anne Shanahan ( 

Click here to learn about Education Specialist Credentials being offered through the Department of Special Education.


Autism, Inclusion, Mathematics Core, and Science Innovation (AIMS) in Math and Science (AIMS)

The AIMS grant provides teacher candidates the opportunity to participate in focused professional development that uses research based effective teaching strategies for students with autism. Candidates will also become well-versed in analyzing data based outcomes to assess and support teaching and learning. An initial stipend of $500 is rewarded at the beginning of the program, then a $100 stipend will be provided for each seminar attended; a participant can earn up to $5,000. For more information, please contact Dr. Belinda Karge ( or view the informational PowerPoint.



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Page updated: February 8, 2013