Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States. In 2014 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that it affects one in every 68 children. It is five times more likely in males, affecting nearly one in 42 boys identified compared with one in 189 girls. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides reliable statewide data regarding ASD categorical eligibility for special education services. According to MDE data from Dec. 1, 2014: Minnesota schools reported 17,067 individuals between birth and 21 years old, have met the educational criteria for ASD and were receiving special education services in 2014, 13 percent of the statewide special education population. The special educational identification of ASD in individuals aged birth to 21 years in Minnesota has increased more than 300 percent since 2001 (MDE, 2011).
ASD is a low incidence special education category that is defined as a range of pervasive developmental disorders, with onset in childhood, that adversely affect a pupil's functioning and result in the need for special education instruction and related services. ASD is a disability category characterized by an uneven developmental profile and a pattern of qualitative impairments in several areas of development, including social interaction, communication, or the presence of restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. These core features may present themselves in a wide variety of combinations that range from mild to severe, and the number of behavioral indicators present may vary.
New-Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Teacher License MN Rule 8710.5850
Those interested in obtaining the ASD Teacher license are encouraged to contact any of the universities with approved ASD Teacher preparation programs for further information.
View MDE’s Special Education Licensure website for additional information regarding the ASD Teacher license http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Licen/SpecEdLicen/index.html. The site includes “ASD License Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)” as well as a listing of “State Approved Programs for Special Education Licensure”. Submit questions via e-mail to MDE.ASD-License@state.mn.us
ASD Communities of Practice
A number of regional and statewide Communities of Practice are in place to assist and support professionals in the field, including the statewide ASD Community of Practice. A statewide Mentorship Program has also been developed to support who are new to the field. For these and other regional and state resources, click on the Resource link at the top of the page.
* Based on prevalence statistics from the National Institutes of Health (2004) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2001).
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