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Understanding the Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization 

Program Format, Timelines, Grading and Requirements

Cost, Billing and Payment



What is the Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization?
The Autism Authorization is one of six Added Authorizations in Special Education (AASE) instituted by the CTC in 2009. The authorization will allow holders of certain Education Specialist credentials to work with K-12 students (up through age 22) with autism spectrum disorders. The six Added Authorizations are: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD); Deaf-Blind; Emotional Disturbance; Orthopedic Impairments; Other Health Impairments; and Traumatic Brain Injury.


Who is required to have the Autism Spectrum Disorders Added Authorization?
The Added Authorization in ASD is required by CTC for teachers who (1) work with students with autism spectrum disorders; and (2) have one of the following credentials

  • Level I or Level II Mild/Moderate credential
  • Level I or Level II Deaf and Hard of Hearing credential
  • Level I or Level II Visual Impairments credential
  • Level I or Level II Physical and Health Impairments credential
  • Old Learning Handicapped (LH), Physical Handicaps (PH), Communication Handicaps (CH), Visual Handicaps (VH) credentials (Ryan)

Teachers in the above categories do not need the Added Authorization unless they are specifically working with (or want to be qualified to work with) students with autism spectrum disorders, or if required for employment. The AASE remains valid as long as the prerequisite credential remains valid.

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. Credential candidates entering current Preliminary Education Specialist Credentials programs do not need the Autism Authorization as their coursework will include all required competencies.

Your CTC-posted teaching credential will specifically state, if so authorized, your authorization to work with students with autism spectrum disorders.


What does this authorization allow me to do professionally?
The Autism Authorization will allow holders of Levels I and II Mild/Moderate and other credentials to work with K-12 students (up through age 22) with autism spectrum disorders. The Autism Spectrum Disorders added Authorization (ASDA) authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education related services to individuals with a primary disability of autism as defined in subsection 300.8(c) (1) of Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart A, across the continuum of special education program options at the grade and age levels authorized by the prerequisite credential required in (a) (1).


What are the CTC Standards in the ASDAA Program and what courses address these standards at Alliant?
For the traditional evening and weekend program over one semester, the following courses address CTC standards:

  • ASDAA Standard 1: Characteristics of ASD
    The program provides opportunities for the candidate to be able to identify the unique characteristics of students with ASD. The candidate demonstrates unique knowledge of cognition and neurology and the core challenges associated with language and communication, social skills, behavior, and processing and their implications for program planning and service delivery. (Alliant’s EDU 6830 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders)
  • ASDAA Standard 2: Teaching, Learning, and Behavior Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    The program ensures that each candidate is able to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities to become proficient in implementing evidence-based and multi-faceted methodologies and strategies necessary in teaching and engaging students with ASD from acquisition through generalization. (Alliant’s EDU 6831 Advanced Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders)
  • ASDAA Standard 3: Collaborating with Other Service Providers and Families
    The program will ensure that each candidate teaching students with ASD is able to demonstrate the ability to collaborate as a member of a multidisciplinary team with all service providers and effectively interact with families. (Alliant’s EDU 6832 Assessment, Behavior, and Socialization for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders   and EDU 6834 Collaborative Mentoring and Workshop Series)

For the accelerated workshop with portfolio program, CTC standards are addressed through a combination of the intensive workshop instruction and the portfolio. Please review the portfolio requirements - (PDF) for details.


How long is the program?
The traditional program is one semester in length. The accelerated program is a full, two-day seminar with hours typically from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day (no exceptions), plus development of an evidentiary portfolio for coursework due within six weeks of your workshop date (extensions may be granted as necessary).


What are the portfolio requirements? When is the portfolio due?
Portfolio requirements may be reviewed here - (PDF). Portfolios are due within six weeks of attending your designated program date. Extensions may be granted as necessary.


How do I request an extension on my portfolio?
Contact Leah Felson to request an extension.


Who do I contact regarding grading of my portfolio?
Each portfolio will be assigned an evaluator who is one of our experienced faculty. Please contact Leah Felson for questions about your grade or the grading process.


How long until I receive the ASDA Authorization recommendation to the CTC? What is the overall process for the Authorization to be received?
Portfolios are due within six weeks of attending your designated program date. Extensions may be granted as necessary (contact Leah Felson to request an extension). Portfolios are typically evaluated within two-three weeks of submission. You will receive an email notification at this time to the email address you provided upon registration in the program.

Once evaluated and with a satisfactory result, recommendations are issued to the CTC within one-two weeks of the date of notification of your portfolio grade, provided that the full program cost has been paid. Failure to pay the tuition will delay/prevent the recommendation from begin issued. You will receive an email notification from our credentials analyst when the recommendation has been sent to the CTC.

Once the recommendation is made to the CTC, you will also receive a notification from the CTC asking you to pay their processing fee to finalize the authorization. Alliant is not involved in this processing fee and does not collect the monies generated.   


How much does the program cost?

The weekend workshop + portfolio format program cost is $875. The traditional semester-long program is subject to Alliant's regular tuition rates.


When and how do I pay for the program? Can I pay online?
Payment is not due at the time of registration. Participants will receive a billing statement to their email address provided approximately 2-3 weeks after attending the workshop program. This statement will also include instructions on how to pay. If you do not receive this statement or have questions about your bill or payment arrangements, please contact our Student Business Services team at sbs@alliant.edu.

Online payment may also be accepted after the workshop program. To do so requires the username and log-in information emailed to you upon program registration. If you do not have that information, you may contact our IT department to request it at helpdesk@alliant.edu. Click here - (PDF) for instruction on how to pay online.


I haven't received a billing statement? What do I do?
If you do not receive this statement or have questions about your bill or payment arrangements, please contact our Student Business Services team at sbs@alliant.edu.


I'm having trouble with Moodle. Who do I contact for help?
Please contact our Help Desk at helpdesk@alliant.edu.


I need to submit a transcript for reimbursement with my school district or to get credit for the graduate units earned. How do order a transcript?
Once your portfolio has been graded and submitted to our Registrar's Office, and you have paid your tuition balance in full, a transcript will become available to order. You may request a transcript online.


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