Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Autism Spectrum Disorder Added Authorization authorizes the holder to conduct assessments, provide instruction, and special education related services to individuals with a primary disability of autism as defined in subsection 300.8(c)(1) of Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart A, across the continuum of special education program options at the grade and age levels authorized by the prerequisite credential required in (a)(1).
The Resource Specialist Added Authorization authorizes the holder to conduct educational assessments, provide instruction and special education support services to students across disability areas who are assigned to general education classroom teachers for a majority of a school day whose needs have been identified in an Individualized Education Program (IEP), Individualized Family Service Program (IFSP), and/or Individualized Transition Plan (ITP) developed by the IEP, IFSP, and ITP team from birth through age 22, and classes organized for adults across the continuum of program options available.
You may be required to submit two online applications. For the Credential Program application we encourage you to start early and be prepared to scan and upload documents.
Please note: You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or a 2.75 GPA in your last 60 units to be admitted.
1. University Application
Complete the online application at Cal State Apply. There is a $70.00 application fee.
Please Note: Admission to the university is not required if you plan to complete all courses during the summer session. Summer registration is done through CSUN’s Tseng College. Further information can be found at: https://tsengcollege.csun.edu/.
2. Credential Program Application
All candidates must submit a separate online credential program application along with a nonrefundable $50.00 application fee (an additional $1.38 service fee will be accessed at checkout).
Official transcripts from each institution you have attended (including community colleges) must be submitted. If you are a CSUN graduate, the only transcripts you are required to submit are for any other post baccalaureate coursework that you have completed at another institution.
- In your previous school’s transcript ordering system, choose "CSU Northridge" as the recipient. If this option is not available, use email@example.com as the recipient email address.
- If submitting California community college transcripts, please review eTranscript California and use this convenient system.
- Please do not send identical, duplicate electronic and paper transcripts!
- If your previous school(s) do not supply electronic transcripts, order two identical, official paper copies of those transcripts and have them sent to your mailing address.
- Once you receive the two transcript sets, do not open them. Forward each set to us in sealed envelopes—one set to the Credential Office and the other to Admissions and Records at the following addresses:
|Admissions & Records|
CSUN - Office of Admissions and Records
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207
CSUN – Credential Office EA 103
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8265
Upload a copy of a valid California Education Specialist Credential or Specialist Instruction Credential such as Learning Handicapped or Severely Handicapped. Carefully review this document to be sure the authorization you are applying to, is not already included.
5. Verification of Experience
This is a requirement for the Resource Specialist Added Authorization only. Provide verification of three or more years teaching experience; this experience must be a combination of both general education and special education. Verification of experience must be documented on the district or employing agency letterhead.
Must maintain GPA of 3.0 with no grades lower than "C" in all the professional program coursework
|SPED 404 Teaching Diverse Learners with Social-Communication Disabilities Including Autism (3)|
|SPED 655 Theoretical and Empirical Bases of Education of Learners with Autism (3)|
|SPED 638 The Role of the Special Educator (3)|
|SPED 672 Advanced Assessment (3)|
|SPED 502MM Reading/Language Arts for Diverse K-12 (3) OR SPED 503MM Curriculum and Instruction in Math for Diverse Learners (3)|
Contact Information and Advisement
For questions regarding the program application process, please contact the Credential Office at (818) 677-2733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Completion Process
Information regarding how to apply to have the new Education Specialist authorization added to your existing credential document can be found on our website
IMPORTANT! Before beginning the online application, make sure you are not logged into the CSUN portal. All required documents must be uploaded with your online application do not mail or fax any documents. The only item that should be mailed are transcripts, if applicable.