Cal State San Marcos Announces Launch of Autism Spectrum Disorder Added Authorization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

CSUSM Becomes Only Fourth CSU and Tenth University to Offer the Authorization

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has announced the launch of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Added Authorization program that will help special educators obtain the authorization they need to teach students with ASD.

The ASD Added Authorization, offered by the College of Education in partnership with Extended Learning, is open to all those who hold or are eligible for a Preliminary or Clear Mild/Moderate Education Specialist credential and successfully complete two, three semester unit courses. The courses will examine characteristics, assessments, instruction and diverse supports for students with ASD. Upon completion of the coursework, the candidate may apply for the authorization from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) through the College of Education's Student Services Center.

The CTC recently approved the add-on authorization. Prior to the decision, teachers were required to complete an entire additional credential program in order to expand their teaching authorizations beyond the original special education credential. However, in the face of severe special education teacher shortages and an increase in students who need specialized instruction, CTC knew it needed to provide an expedited path to obtaining the authorization. According to the CTC, there has been an 88 percent increase over the last five years in students requiring services for autism spectrum disorders.

CSUSM is only the fourth CSU campus and the tenth university to offer the ASD Added Authorization. In addition to approving CSUSM to offer the ASD Added Authorization, the CTC ruled that recent CSUSM Preliminary Level I Mild/Moderate Education Specialist program graduates may not be required to take the extra coursework and may be considered for the authorization solely based upon their past credential studies.

"We in the College of Education are thrilled to be able to join the ranks of the few public universities that have been authorized to offer the new Autism Spectrum Disorder Added

Authorization," says Dr. Jacqueline Thousand, coordinator of the special education credential and master's options at CSUSM. "There is a tremendous need for local educators to have the tools and the authorization to meet the needs of the increasing number of students eligible for special education in the ASD disability category."

The ASD Added Authorization courses will be offered each semester beginning this fall. For more information about the program or to register for the courses, visit www.csusm.edu/el or call 760-750-4020.

About the College of Education at California State University San Marcos

The mission of the College of Education Community is to collaboratively transform public education by preparing thoughtful educators and advancing professional practices. The College is committed to diversity, educational equity, and social justice, exemplified through reflective teaching, lifelong learning, innovative research, and ongoing service. Practices demonstrate a commitment to student centered education, diversity, collaboration, professionalism, and shared governance.

About Extended Learning at California State University San Marcos

As the academic outreach arm of Cal State San Marcos, Extended Learning is a leading provider of professional and continuing education in San Diego North and Southwest Riverside Counties. Offering degree programs and both academic credit and noncredit professional enrichment courses and career-based certificate programs, we help individuals and organizations achieve their educational and training goals.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that CSUSM's annual spending in the region was $189.2 million, generating a total impact of $228.6 million on the regional economy. Over 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region after graduation. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego. As the academic outreach arm of Cal State San Marcos, Extended Learning is a leading provider of professional and continuing education in San Diego North and Southwest Riverside Counties. Offering degree programs and both academic credit and noncredit professional enrichment courses and career-based certificate programs, we help individuals and organizations achieve their educational and training goals.