Mercyhurst offers new autism spectrum program

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Qualified teachers and professionals in the Erie region will soon have the option to add an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) endorsement to their resumes — a credential they can earn in less than a year.


Mercyhurst University is the first program in northwestern Pennsylvania approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer a three-course, 12-credit ASD endorsement program.


With autism diagnoses on the rise, the education department at Mercyhurst understood the importance and value of providing quality training that would graduate students in a timely, efficient manner, said Leanne Roberts, chairwoman of the education department.


An ASD endorsement would provide professionals with the tools they need to develop effective educational and behavioral change programs, including evidence-based practices and experiences that students with special needs and their families deserve, said Thomas Kitchen, director of certification programs in applied behavior analysis.