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Q & A
We are seeking clarification for teachers who are interested in using the documentation of competencies. Here are our questions:
1) Are on-line training opportunities (such as Autism Internet Modules, Infinitec, etc.) with a certificate of completion an acceptable way to help document specific competencies?YES, on-line training opportunities such as these are acceptable with certificate/documentation. There are some examples of other on-line training opportunity’s included in the catalog.
2) If a region or district were to develop a set of training opportunities designed around meeting the competencies, how can the participant be assured that this training would meet the Board of Teaching’s approval process? (We know they need to complete and submit the ASD licensure eligibility review for practicing MN special education teachers with completed paperwork and documentation.)The eligibility review process requires documentation providing the title of the training opportunity, a brief description, and the specific standards addressed. If these are clear and appear to be aligned, the opportunity will be accepted.
3) Is there an opportunity for a pre-approval process for a region or district to receive feedback for individual training opportunties or an overall scope and sequence? No.
4) Is the catalogue of approved coursework a finished product, or will there be additions as new trainings are added? YES, the posted Catalog is finished and there are no plans to revise or add training activities. The process was very time intensive and unfortunately we do not have the resources to continuously monitor and update this tool.
Autism License Information
The webinar presentation on completing the ASD Transition Eligibility Process is completed, captioned, and ready for viewing. Find it at:
Hopefully, it will help teachers become familiar with the transition eligibility process and navigate the forms on the MDE website.
Here you will find the following licensure information:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder License – Introduction to the Catalog of Professional Development
Instructions and examples for using the Autism Spectrum Disorders Licensure Catalog of Professional Development as a part of the eligibility submission process. Each document below is a distinct organizational format of the same catalog. It is recommended that the documents be searched in their electronic format as they are quite lengthy and print in very small type.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder License Eligibility Review for Practicing Minnesota Special Education Teachers
Application materials and instructions to add the Autism Spectrum Disorder License to an existing Minnesota special education license. Submissions will be accepted until March 1, 2015. Please refer the submission window timeline on the last page of this document for further details.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder License Catalog of Professional Development – Organized by Provider
- Autism Spectrum Disorder License Catalog of Professional Development – Organized by Date of Offering
- Autism Spectrum Disorder License Catalog of Professional Development – Organized by Title
- Autism Spectrum Disorders License Frequently Asked Questions
Document containing information in regards to the new Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) license. Who is eligible? What are the timelines and expectations? What is the transition process?
MN Department of Education – Autism Spectrum Disorders
FAQ – What_are_Autism_Spectrum_Disorders
Social skills checklist for web
ASD A descriptive study
Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit
Additional Autism Links:
- Sign into http://www.myinfinitec.org
- Go to: Online Classroom
- Under the video there is a drop down: Resource:
- Go to: Autism Learning Path
- There are 13 modules to use. I would recommend that those using this combine them into at least a 1 hour minimum to be approved for the ASD Competencies.
- What isn’t Autism survey results:
- AIM - http://www.autisminternetmodules.org/user_about.php
- Welcome to the Certificate Dashboard! The Dashboard allows you to view your credits and keep track of your applications for module certificates. In the “Your Credits” section of this dashboard, you can purchase the number of credits that you choose. In the “Available Modules” section of the dashboard, you can see the “credit cost” of each module certificate. There is a nominal fee of $10 per credit hour for each credit purchased. Once your application has been submitted, you can download your certificates by visiting the “Your Applications” section. For assistance with the AIM Module Certificate process, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Module List
State & Regional Contacts
Minnesota Department of Special Education Autism Specialist:
1500 Hwy 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
Region 10 District/Ed. District Consultants
Rachal Brown – HVED
Hillary Clark - Rochester
Robin Draves - Winona
Heather Hanzlick - Austin, Albert Lea, Owatonna
Cheryl Miller – Owatonna
Lynne Petersen - GCED
Deb Peters - Northfield & Faribault
Mindy Schroeder -Zumbro Ed. District
- Early Childhood Special Education Resources
- Minnesota Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE)
- Assistive Technology
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Developmental Cognitive Disabilities
- Other Health / Physical Impairments
- Physical/Health Disabilities (PHD)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Visual Impairments (VI)