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SPED 258 Course

Sped 258 Sessions NOW ENROLLING

2011-2012 sessions are now enrolling! Please send a memo of interest via email to Joann Finley indicating your session of choice by March 2, 2012. (No applications needed, simply send an email with your session choice.)

Course Description

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) manifest atypical development of language, socialization and sensory processing resulting in significant communication and behavioral differences.  The relationship between communication and behavior and its impact on social access and academic progress is considered. Academic environments and strategies that address the communication and behavioral needs of students with ASD are investigated.

Course Information

Who Should Take This Course ~ All Mild/Moderate Special Education credential holders are eligible. California is moving forward with requiring that all Special Education teachers with ASD students have this authorization.  Moderate/Severe credentials currently include this authorization and Mild/Moderate credentials in the future will include this, but current Mild/Moderate Credentials do not include it.

Earning Your Full AAA ~ SPED 258 is one part of a three part program designed to satisfy the requirements for adding an autism authorization to your existing Mild/Moderate Special Education Credential:
  • SPED 258 
  • SPED 259 - Satisfied via Project Optimal (first four modules). SPED 258 and Project Optimal may be completed in any order.
  • FIELDWORK - Satisfiied through observation (by an authorized individual) of your application of teaching strategies learned.

Information regarding SPED 259 and the Fieldwork portion will be available soon.

How To Apply ~ How To Apply ~ Send official Memo of Interest via email to Joann Finley in Human Resources at FUHSD. Once all emails have been received, you will receive information regarding any further next steps.
Cost ~ $500 for tuition, units will be available for an Additional fee through the San Joaquin COE.
* Upon issuance of the Autism Added authorization, FUHSD employees will be eligible for a One time additional competency stipend. ($1390)
Location ~ Cupertino High School Library
10100 Finch Avenue, Cupertino, Ca 95014

Session Choices


Session 1
Friday, January 20, 4:00-7:30
Saturday, January 21, 8:30-2:00
Friday, February 3, 4:00-7:30
Saturday, February 4, 8:30-2:00
Session 2
Friday, March 16, 4:00-7:30
Saturday, March 17, 8:30-2:00
Friday, March 30, 4:00-7:30
Saturday, March 31, 8:30-2:00

SPED 258, SPED 259, and the Field Work requirement are the three courses that San Joaquin County Office of Education will accept for the AAA. FUHSD and three of our neighboring districts have partnered with SJCOE to create this path toward AAA issuance. There are other avenues to obtain the AAA that you may choose to pursue on your own. To see a list of approved agencies that the CTC authorizes for AAA coursework, please click here