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Autism specialization in early intervention/early childhood special education  

This project addresses state and national needs for more appropriately trained personnel to work with young children with autism. The project will establish and implement a concentration in autism within the University of Pittsburgh's M.Ed. program and graduate 30 students from the university's Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education M.Ed. program with an autism specialization, half of whom will also earn a certification in either Early Childhood or Special Education. Special emphasis will be placed upon recruiting more students from underrepresented groups and providing them with supports to assist them in completing the program. The autism specialization will consist of coursework on Autism Characteristics and Intervention approaches; Applied Behavior Analysis (3 courses); Language and Social Interventions; Consultant/Itinerant Service Delivery; and an advanced seminar focused on research. Students will be required to complete a portfolio section on autism. Practicum experiences will include working with children with autism in home-based and inclusive, center-based programs. Digital video will be utilized for enhancing onsite supervision of students during their autism practicum experiences. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $0.00
Current Award Period 2006-2010
Project Number H325K051136
Principal Investigator Kaczmarek, Louise
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services? (Services)
Subcategory Practitioner Training
Strategic Plan Objective 5O. Not specific to Question 5 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of Pittsburgh
State/Country Pennsylvania
Web Link 1 Autism specialization in early intervention/early childhood special education (External web link)
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History/Related Projects N/A