Autism Added Authorization

These "Added Authorizations in Special Education" (AASE) will expand teaching opportunities available to special education teachers.  The AASE's are issued in nine specific subject areas: autism spectrum disorders, deaf-blind, emotional disturbance, orthopedically impaired, other health impaired, traumatic brain injury, adapted PE, resource specialist and early childhood.The Beginning Teacher Programs is pleased to offer a path that fulfills the requirements for the "Added Authorization in Autism Spectrum Disorders".  The  "Added Authorization" authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction and special education related services to individuals with autism at the grade level and age levels authorized by the prerequisite credential.

Special Education teachers are required to have the Authorization in Autism Spectrum Disorders or be enrolled in a program by October 1, 2013 if they are teaching students with autism.  Teachers who hold a Moderate / Severe Education Specialist credential or Severely Handicapped credential are already authorized to teach students with autism and will not need to add this authorization.  Teachers holding a Mild / Moderate Education Specialist, Learning Handicapped, Deaf and Hard of Hearing credential and all other education specialist credential holders are eligible to add the authorization to their existing credential.

The Added Authorization in Autism Spectrum Disorders requires that all teachers meet the standards as outlined in the program approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  Attending a variety of courses and submitting a request for an evaluation of experience and professional development may complete the 12 unit program.


The approved program is designed to honor previous relevant experience and professional development.  Equivalencies including previous work experience, professional development and coursework may be evaluated to meet the program requirements. For consideration of equivalencies, the work must be comparable to the standards as approved.

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