Students with Autism in Inclusive Settings

(a 3-credit course with a noncredit option – Act 48 approved)

Future offering dates to be announced.

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Inclusive public education means providing instruction to students with special needs in general educational settings. Meeting the educational needs of children with disabilities such as autism/PDD often requires adapting instruction, methods, and materials. Students with autism/PDD may have unique characteristics that require the collaboration of educational and related specialists to design and implement effective instruction. 

This course provides an overview of the educational needs of students with autism and details potential adaptations of instruction, methods, and materials used by general educators and others who participate in the education, counseling, or therapy of students with autism/PDD.  The course is delivered in two parts: DVD and face-to-face instruction. Using this format, students have access to current national research as well as guidance from instructors with knowledge of their local communities and resources.

Course may be taken for graduate credit (3) or noncredit.

The course is held on the Penn State Great Valley campus. Parking is accessible and free.


If you cannot attend a course, you may receive a full refund by notifying the Continuing Professional Education Ofifce at 610-648-3281 BEFORE THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE.  Refunds will not be issued after a class begins, or for classes missed as a result of illness, personal emergencies, or any other event beyond the University’s control.  No refunds will be made to students who attempt to take courses without complying with the prerequisite requirements. 
Note: If you do not cancel, and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment.


The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.  If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

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