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  • How the FSUCOE is Changing How We Think About Autism

    By Josh Duke | January 3, 2019 | Posted in: Blog


    For years, Florida State’s College of Education has conducted invaluable research on helping students with autism. While many organizations and institutions search for a cure or cause of autism, the College and its many faculty members conducting research on autism focus on the effects of autism on the student experience, how faculty and staff can improve outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and educational tools that can help students with ASD.

    The Importance of Early Intervention

    The conversation surrounding autism is constantly changing and evolving as more research is conducted. One of the most important developments about ASD is the importance of early intervention. If a child can start working with a specialist, the effects of ASD can be lessened. As such, the demand for ASD specialist teachers and staff has increased dramatically over the years. To meet this demand, the College of Education has created a number of programs designed to help those interested in working with students with autism. FSU’s College of Education offers:

    As an added bonus, certified special education teachers in Florida can obtain the Autism endorsement on their certificate upon completion of any of these programs.

    The Demand for Autism Specialists

    One unique area of research being conducted at FSU’s College of Education is the impact and need for autism specialists at the collegiate level. It is estimated that as many as 400,000 students with ASD will be enrolled in college by the year 2020, yet most higher education institutions lack the infrastructure and support systems to help these students succeed. This will become an increasingly difficult challenge, as currently 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with ASD, which is now the fastest growing developmental disability.

    If you are interested in learning more about the research initiatives on autism under way at the College of Education, check out our recap here.

    If you are considering working with students with autism, the College of Education is a great place to start or continue your career. Whether you are a teacher interested in earning the autism endorsement or want to become an autism spectrum disorder specialist, completing the appropriate degree or certificate program can give you the skills and experience you need for a meaningful career.