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Autism Endorsement

Teachers with the Autism Endorsement become highly-skilled educators with a deep level of understanding of the methodologies and systematic instructional practices that are crucial for these students to learn. 

Campus Availability

Online Only

What is Autism? Why get the Endorsement?

Autism spectrum disorder is the fastest growing developmental disorder diagnosed by pediatricians in the U.S. and has been ranked the second most incapacitating disorder by the Center for Disease Control (CDC, 2014). In 2018, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in every 59 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This staggering increase in prevalence has consequentially sparked a rapid expansion of the availability of specialized services and evidence-based instructional supports to support these students with ASD within the schools. Moreover, the increased need for teachers who are highly-qualified to work with this unique student population is considerable.

Admissions Information

If you are taking courses for PLU credit, skip to the Autism Endorsement Add-on Application.

Graduate Admission Procedures for Non-Degree Students

Application materials may be obtained from the UNG Graduate Admissions page.

Application fee applies.

Autism Endorsement Add-on Application, for PLU credit

Summer Admission - Please complete the Autism endorsement online application by May 31. Payment must be received by May 31 to begin the summer cohort.

Financial Aid & Payment Information

Financial aid is not available for PLU credit or non-degree seeking students. Students must be enrolled in a degree program to receive financial aid.

Tuition for graduate credit can be paid online to the UNG Business Office.

Payment for PLU credit - Payment must be made in full by deadline. Please make check payable to: Pioneer RESA, and write 'Autism Endorsement UNG' on the MEMO line. Mail check to: Attn: Dana Turner, College of Education, University of North Georgia, 82 College Cir, Dahlonega, GA 30597.

All Autism Endorsement courses require a subscription to LiveText. If you do not already have a subscription, you may purchase one online at LiveText ('Standard Edition'). However, if you have a LiveText subscription, you may use it. But you must contact LiveText ( and ask them to 'add the University of North Georgia domain to your account”.

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