EDUC 647 Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Faith Huitt
Not offered Spring or Summer 2017
Fall: September 25 - November 17, 2017

Tuition, Due Dates and Registration

You Will Learn

  • Strategies to assist students with language deficits, sensory needs, repetitive behaviors, and a low frustration for change
  • Assistive technology devices, Chromebook,  iPad and smartphone apps that increase communication skills in the classroom for students with autism

Who Should Enroll

  • PK-12 educators
  • Speech pathologists
  • Guidance counselors
  • School nurses
  • Support staff
  • School administrators
  • Public health providers
  • Early intervention personnel
  • Pupil service personnel seeking professional development

Course Description

Strategies to address the varied social and academic needs of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in the inclusive classroom. Explore functional behavior assessment, learn how to implement a behavior intervention plan, and how to use technology effectively with students with ASD.

Enroll in this course to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • complete graduate elective credits
  • transfer credits to another university 

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.


Purchase the paperback textbook new or used from NOTE: Be sure to purchase the second edition with the ISBN number.

Kluth, Paula. (2010). “You’re Going to Love This Kid”: Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom. 2nd Edition. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company. ISBN: 978-1598570793

Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate an understanding of the historical perspectives, etiology, and main characteristics of young, middle age children, and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

  2. Research and discuss the impact of Autism Spectrum Disorders on the student’s language, communication, academic, social, sensory, and behavioral functioning in the classroom.

  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder on family dynamics and school-family communication.

  4. Research and analyze the pros and cons of various behavioral and instructional approaches and apply best practice strategies in an inclusive classroom for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

  5. Utilize a wide range of online resources, strategies, and educational interventions; demonstrate the ability to differentiate and adapt various strategies effectively for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in an inclusive classroom.

  6. Plan for the role and management of paraprofessionals and differentiate between the appropriate and inappropriate use of paraprofessionals in fostering independence for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  7. Collaborate with professional specialists to modify classroom activities and assignments and design a co-teaching lesson based on models of effective collaboration skills between general education and special education teachers.

Content Outline

  1. Introduction - What is Autism
  2. Language Skills and Communication Interventions
  3. Social Skills of Students with ASD and Interventions in the Inclusive Classroom
  4. Sensory Needs and Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  5. Positive Behavior Support for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Inclusive Classroom
  6. Programming in the General Education Classroom for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Least Restrictive Environment Issues
  7. Working with Parents of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  8. Applying New Knowledge and Strategies

Alignment with Teaching Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following teaching standards:

Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 3, 8
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) 3, 4
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Knowledge and Skill Standards Common Core, # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

No travel to campus required. 

Participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.

The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. 

All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox. 

Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions.

This is not a self-paced class.

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University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
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Our Students Say. . .

"I took this class to help with one of my students, and it has greatly affected all of my students! I see things much more clearly from the view point of the ASD student and what I can do to assist with social and academic needs. I have incorporated many of the activities introduced by Kluth [author] as well as from others in this class. I have become a new favorite to my student with ASD."
~ Brad, Sixth Grade Teacher, Minnesota

"Whether you currently have a student with ASD or soon will, this course will provide you with a deeper insight, strategies, and resources on how to transform your classroom into one that empowers ASD students and those around them. I’m already making adjustments to reduce sensory distractions in class, adding more cooperative learning activities in key lessons, as well as being more proactive with challenging behavior.
~ Antoinette, Middle School Business and Computer Teacher, Lagos, Nigeria

"My attitude toward autism spectrum disorders has changed dramatically. I was definitely afraid of doing something wrong before, and now I feel comfortable working with students to create the proper environments for them to learn and my attitude about inclusion has shifted."
~ Denise, School Librarian, Pennsylvania

"I have always been a teacher that could relate to all of my students and have great success with students in my classroom with ASD. With the knowledge that I gained from this class, I have even more materials in my arsenal, and I feel educated on the subject. "
~ Chandra, Elementary/Middle School Music Specialist, Wisconsin

"This course has increased my awareness. I look forward to utilizing the resources I've gathered and hope to provide other teachers, parents, and students a better understanding of how diverse and wonderful the autism spectrum is."
~ Katie, Third Grade Teacher, Wisconsin

"I've learned more than I ever thought I would about so many aspects of children with ASD. Since this is my first experience with the online format, I was skeptical as to how much I would actually learn, but came away with so many new insights."
~ Ryan B., High School Biology/Chemistry Teacher, Illinois