Dalton State College’s School of Education offers an 9-credit-hour autism endorsement. This credential can be earned by undergraduate teacher candidates and teachers already in the field who wish to gain knowledge in the area of working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Other professionals from related fields who have specific interest in serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders may also enroll in these classes. There’s no better place to enhance your education career outside of engaging with our world-class faculty.


A significant need exists for well-trained professionals holding various Level I and Level II certificates of professional competence (including but not limited to regular and special education teachers, school psychologists, principals, guidance counselors, speech and language clinicians, occupational and physical therapists, reading specialists and home and school visitors) to serve students with Autism and related Autism Spectrum Disorders. The ASD endorsement is designed to demonstrate that candidates have completed a competency-based sequence of courses totaling 9 credit hours at a baccalaureate degree level and successfully completed an endorsement program.


All three courses are offered in a blended hybrid format for flexible scheduling.

SPED 4776: Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 4777: ABA I: Principles & Teaching Strategies
SPED 4778: Teaching Methods for Students w/Autism; Special Topics in Autism

The coursework develops and enhances effective educational practices to support educators, school districts, and community-based organizations. Twenty practicum hours in each course help students make connections between coursework content and interaction with children and youth with autism.


Admission to these courses requires prerequisite knowledge, but it is flexible enough to allow individuals from different fields to enroll in the courses. Students already enrolled in our programs will be able to add these three courses as they progress through education programs.


At Dalton State, you’ll find a quality education with a pretty amazing price tag. Financial aid may be available. For more information about tuition and fees, visit Financial Aid.