RIC awards CGS in autism education
Fifteen students received certificates of graduate studies in autism education from Rhode Island College on Dec. 19, addressing the growing need for more elementary and middle school teachers as well as social service agents, to be better prepared to work with autistic children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 110 children in the U.S. have been identified with some form of autism.
RIC’s program is a response to the state’s guidelines to prepare more professionals for autism education. The program also includes courses that prepare teachers and community practitioners for education leadership roles and to work with other professionals in autism practices.
The graduates were the second class to complete the RIC program. The next class will graduate in December 2012.
Two students also received a CGS in co-occurring disorders at the same ceremony.