Preparing Educators of Students with Autism (PESA) Certificate Courses

Preparing Educators of Students with Autism (PESA) Certificate Courses

Each individual with autism is unique. Develop the expertise necessary to provide instruction, intervention and support to individuals with autism and their families. Together we can improve the lives of all those on the autism spectrum.

Weekly units provide posted readings, guided activities, asynchronous and synchronous discussion, small group collaboration, interactive audio and video formats, online assessment, and explicit feedback on discussions and assignments. Technical support is available to enhance the interactive experience.

Current Offering (Fall 2018)

K631 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
You will develop a strong foundation in understanding characteristics, developmental considerations, and implications for intervention related to ASD. This course incorporates a broad survey of issues and trends in the field and will promote critical examination of what is known and unknown, effectiveness claims in the intervention literature, and the perspectives of individuals with ASD and their families.

Other Courses


You may take courses for a number of purposes:

  • As a strand of 15 credits for completion of the Certificate
  • Individually on a stand-alone basis or as an elective for another program
  • As partial fulfillment of requirements for IU’s Special Education master’s program, with or without teaching certification.

Anticipated Schedule of Offerings (Tentative)

To the extent possible, course offerings will be implemented on the following schedule:

  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Fall
  • Promoting Social Competency in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Summer
  • Communication Development, Assessment, and Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Spring
  • Preventing and Intervening with Challenging Behavior for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Fall
  • Evidenced-based Professional Practice to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Spring