Autism Awareness Course

With autism affecting one in every 68 births and more than 3.5 million Americans living with an autism spectrum disorder, it is vital to increase our awareness and knowledge of this fast-growing developmental disability.


This fully online course provides a self-paced introduction to autism spectrum disorders. This continuing education course is designed to provide information about autism to professionals who work with children or adults, emergency service personnel, family members of individuals with autism, and anyone who wants to learn more about autism spectrum disorders.

There are five modules, and you may find that a five-week plan works well for you. However, if you want to progress through the course more quickly (or more slowly), that is entirely your choice based on your preference and available time in your schedule. This is a non-credit class, and no prerequisite courses are required.

"The Autism Spectrum class helped me to better understand my own experiences with my Autistic son. It also gave me resources to help him further an education after graduation at his pace. I found the class very interesting personally and professionally for my future practices. I intend to utilize the info to assist my son and his future." — Melody Helms, current UWF Social Work graduate student.

"My favorite part of this class was learning what it is like for those who have autism. Learning more about the sensory issues that people with autism face has helped me be more understanding and compassionate when I see signs of sensory distraction or frustration in my students." — Jennifer Carter, ESE Teacher.


Autism Awareness

Upon completion of this online, self-paced course, students will have acquired basic knowledge about autism spectrum disorders, a conceptual understanding of autism, the ability to discuss current criteria used to identify individuals who are autistic, and be informed of examples of intervention methods, behavior management strategies and therapy approaches currently available to facilitate the developmental progress of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Note: To successfully complete the course, students will need a copy of The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Dr. Temple Grandin and Richard Panek.


Location: Online
Tuition: $99.00 Register Now

About the Instructor: Dr. Carlene Thornton teaches a three-credit-hour Autism Spectrum Disorders course for the University of West Florida Department of Psychology. Dr. Thornton has a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University and a Ph.D. degree in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University. Her professional experience as a School Psychologist in Florida public schools sparked her continuing interest in autism spectrum disorders.

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES)

This Autism Awareness course is certified by the The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to provide 16 CEUs towards the Certified Autism Specialist or Autism Certificate programs.

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Use partner code "UWF" to receive 20% off of your autism certification from IBCCES.