NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

Teaching Students with Autism

EDUC 600




Instructor: Shawn Gallagher

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $350

Course Description:

The course focuses on ideas and strategies for working with autistic students in the classroom.  You will learn about adapting curriculum and sensory supports that will help autistic students to be successful in the mainstream.  Critical topics such as: improving literacy, positive behavior support and effective communicating with parents of an autistic student.  You will learn strategies to help students build and maintain friendships, foster communication skills, and adapt the physical environment to develop student success.  After taking this course, you will have practical skills for including students with autism, and appreciating the gifts they bring to the classroom.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

  • Analyze the definitions and characteristics of autism; 
  • Evaluate aspects of inclusive education in elementary and secondary schools;
  • Synthesize strategies for partnering with parents and siblings of students with autism;
  • Incorporate specific strategies creating a positive educational environment for ASD students;
  • Consider alternate forms of tools and communication appropriate for ASD students;
  • Examine ideas for teaching literacy to students with autism;
  • Determine positive ways to support a range of behaviors;
  • Generate ideas for collaboration with other school staff.


Kluth, P. (2010).  Your Going to Love This Kid! Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom, Second Edition.  Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

Harrower, J., Dunlap, G. (2001).  Including Children with Autism in General Education Classrooms: A Review of Effective Strategies.  Behavior Modification, Vol. 25 No. 5, October 2001, 762-784 https://depts.washington.edu/pdacent/Publications/Dunlap/Dunlap1.pdf.

About The Instructor

Shawn Gallagher
Shawn Gallagher

Shawn Gallagher earned his M.A. in Education from St. Mary's State University in Winona, MN. Shawn has a B.S. in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University. Shawn has over 17 years of experience teaching 3rd and 4th graders.


Special Instructions:

Texts/Readings are included in the total cost of the course.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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