Autism: Educational and Theoretical Approaches – EDSP 377

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the educational approaches and therapies available for children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Please note, this course is not part of a program leading to eligibility of a Virginia state teaching license (or license in any other state). Individuals seeking to obtain a state teaching license should contact for recommended course options.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Acquiring a comprehensive overview of evidence-based practices, therapies, and theoretical approaches is essential for individuals preparing to work with children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, case videos and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions: Threads and Replies (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be a minimum of 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmate’s thread. Each reply must be a minimum of 150 words. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Scenario Assignments (4)

Through scenario assignments, the candidate will apply content knowledge to a real-world situation involving a student with ASD. Through specified scenarios, the candidate will develop individualized plans and evaluate plan effectiveness. Scenarios vary in length and requirements based upon module-specific content. Rubrics and scenario specific content requirements will be provided. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Autism Intervention Review Assignment

The candidate will select one autism intervention from a provided list as the focus for the review paper. The candidate will write a critical review of the strengths and weaknesses of the intervention and its generalized value to children or adolescents with ASD. The paper must be 5–8 pages and in current APA format. The paper must include three scholarly, peer-reviewed sources in addition to the textbook and the Bible. (CLO: B, C, D, E)

Quizzes (5)

Specified quizzes will cover the textbook material for the assigned module(s): week(s) and contain ten questions per quiz. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain true/false and multiple-choice questions. There is no time limits for each; however, candidates are only provided one attempt per quiz. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)