Autism NV Endorsement (12 Graduate Credits)

$150.00 on the 10th of each month for 4 months

$6,216 NOW $2,100

Days of Week:
On Campus
(Schedule Below)
Program Begins:
January 25, 2019
Meeting Times:
On Campus
(Schedule Below)
Sierra Nevada College
4300 E. Sunset Rd., Ste. E1
Henderson, NV 89014
*All fees included. The college normally charges $518 per credit. By enrolling through CTE you save more than $4,116!

First payment: June 10, 2019


Autism NV Endorsement

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• CTE is responsible to collect a $600 implementation fee for this program. This fee is included in the program price. Over 4 months, a credit/debit card payment of $150 will be collected on the 10th of every month. The first payment will begin on February 10, 2019.
• A tuition payment of $750 will be paid in full directly to Sierra Nevada College (SNC) at the start of each semester. This is a 2 semester program.
*All fees are included in the program cost. The total cost is based on 2 semesters for program completion and will vary depending on program completion.

Questions: Call CTE at 702-697-0006 opt. 5 or Email

Program begins: January 25, 2019.
Program ends: July 10, 2019.

Sierra Nevada College

Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada is a four-year private liberal arts college with graduate programs in teaching and leadership in Incline Village, Reno, and Las Vegas/Henderson. Sierra Nevada College was founded in 1969 and is regionally accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Why Sierra Nevada College (SNC) is the right choice for your Professional Growth Plan (PGP)?

• SNC is an approved Institution of Higher Education by the Nevada Department of Education (NV DOE) to be a teacher preparation program provider.

• 1 credit earned at SNC equates to 8 CUs. Thus, a 3-credit course = 24 Contact Units (CUs). A minimum of 225 CUs is needed for column movement.

• Non-approved Institutions of Higher Education earn 5 CUs per 1 semester credit. Therefore, a 3-credit course (non-approved) = 15 CUs

• Completion of this 12-graduate credit Certification = 96 CUs

Exceptional Pupils Ages 3-21 Endorsement for Teaching Autism (Nevada) NAC 391.378
To qualify for the autism endorsement, a person must:

  1. Complete the following required testing (or equivalent testing administered in another state):
    • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators OR CBEST
    • Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6 or 7-12
  2. Have completed three (3) semester credits in a course of study regarding parental involvement and family engagement.
  3. Have completed a program of preparation for teaching pupils who have autism, which has been approved by the Board; or
  4. Hold a license or certificate, issued by another state, with an endorsement to teach pupils who have autism; or
  5. Hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the education of pupils who have autism and have completed eight (8) semester credits of student teaching, equivalent field experience, or one (1) year of verifiable teaching experience in special education; or
  6. Hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree; and
    A. Have completed eight (8) semester credits of student teaching of pupils who have autism, equivalent field experience with such pupils or one (1) year of verifiable teaching experience with such pupils; and
    B. Have completed thirty (30) semester credits of course work to include each of the following areas (bolded requirements are offered by SNC Autism Endorsement Institute):

    i. Introduction to special education or the education of pupils who have disabilities
    ii. The characteristics of pupils who have autism
    iii. The assessment of pupils who have disabilities
    iv. Behavior management
    v. Parental involvement in programs for pupils with disabilities
    vi. Curriculum development or methods and strategies for teaching pupils who have autism
    vii. Speech and language development
    viii. Education or planning for the transition of pupils who have disabilities from their current placement to placement in additional educational programs, employment and living independently as an adult
    ix. Assistive technology or augmentative alternative communication
    x. Methods of teaching mathematics
    xi. Methods of teaching literacy

Please note: Courses will be offered based on enrollments. A minimum of 8 students is required for a course to be offered.
Prerequisite: Open to all. Carefully compare courses within this program to those courses you have previously taken. Repeating the same course will prevent you from advancing.

AUTS 501 – Characteristics of Pupils with Autism
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)        Course Date: January 25 – March 9

This introductory course is designed to help educators better understand the characteristics of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the complex challenges they face, both educationally and socially. The characteristics of diverse students with ASD, historical perspectives and etiology of ASD are explored. Assessment procedures, as well as current and emerging practices that have proven to be successful are a major focus of the course. It fulfills part of the Nevada endorsement for teaching pupils who have autism.

AUTS 503 – Communication and Language Development in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)        Course Date: March 29 – May 11

This course focuses on the development of communication, language acquisition, and language development and how it differs in individuals with ASD. Effective methods and instructional strategies for promoting the development of cognitive, language, and communication skills will be explored. Students will identify and evaluate needs, develop goals, and design interventions to improve communication skills for individuals with ASD. It fulfills part of the Nevada endorsement for teaching pupils who have autism.

AUTS 504 – Augmentative Alternative Communication and Instruction
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)        Course Date: June 3 – June 12

Preparation in the design and instruction of augmentative communication systems that include the use of graphic symbols to support diverse learners with ASD. Focus on students with ASD who do not develop spoken language by facilitating communication through teaching vocalization, gesture, sign, and/or point to or exchange objects or pictures. Students design and construct communication aids and develop strategies for integrating augmentative communication systems into the classroom and home to enhance communication.

AUTS 505 – Curriculum Development and Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism
(3 Graduate Credits/24 CUs)        Course Date: June 24 – July 10

Students examine the design and implementation of current best practices and methodologies for teaching a wide range of students with ASD. Application of research based models and practices including social pragmatic and social cognitive approaches, adult directed, child-centered, and peer mediated practices. Strategies for inclusion with typical students and siblings in the school, home, and school settings will be explored. Includes methods to enhance social competence through strategies such as play therapy, art, drama, film making, music, and animal therapy. It fulfills part of the Nevada endorsement for teaching pupils who have autism.