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The Autism Endorsement Program at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Fischler College of Education is designed for practicing educators with a certification in special education who are working with autistic children in Florida. The exceptional student education program focuses on understanding the needs, assessment, and intervention of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The courses in the program meet the Florida Department of Education’s requirements for a teaching endorsement in autism and can only be added on to a teaching certificate in any exceptional student education area.

  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made Payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
  • Proof of valid teaching certificate

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
EP 650 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Nature of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Fall I & Winter I only) 3
EP 655 Nature of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Intervention Methods, Strategies, and Application (Fall II & Winter II only) 3
EP 660 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Winter I & Summer I only) 3
EP 665 Language, Communication Development & Augmentative Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Winter II & Summer II only) 3


Coursework for the Autism Endorsement Program at NSU’s Fischler College of Education is available online and at many of the NSU Campuses, with a main campus in South Florida. The online delivery option allows students to receive and submit coursework in their special education classes and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The site-based delivery option for the endorsement program allows students to take classes in the evenings or on weekends in locations near their homes. These distance education options allow international students and busy professionals to complete their programs without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Faculty members for the master of science in education are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition many are also highly respected professional practitioners, who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework 
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Courses in the Autism Endorsement Program, state approved in Florida for certification, meet all of the Florida Department of Education requirements for an endorsement in autism, and can only be added on to a teaching certificate in any exceptional student education (ESE) area.

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