Specialization (9 credits)

  • I-SPAN is a graduate-level program that prepares professionals to work with individuals on the autism spectrum across the lifespan. 
  • The three-course sequence examines contemporary topics related to best practices in person-centered support of individuals on the autism spectrum in multiple settings.
  • I-SPAN is open to graduate-level matriculated and non-matriculated students in a variety of disciplines, including speech-language pathology, education, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nursing. 
  • Non-matriculated students can take I-SPAN courses for continuing education credits at half the price of regular course tuition to get a continuing education certificate.

Program is Ideal For

Career Information

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network reported that an estimated one in 68 children in the United States has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (2014).
  • Supporting individuals on the autism spectrum requires specialized knowledge and skills in evidence-based practices and there is a continued shortage of highly qualified professionals in this field.
  • Employers in disciplines such as education, speech language pathology, nursing, social work, physical therapy, and occupational therapy are seeking professionals who have this specialized knowledge.

What to Expect
  • Work and study collaboratively across disciplines
  • Evening courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters
  • Receive a local certificate of specialization in autism from Nazareth College upon completion
  • Earn continuing education units or professional development credits upon completion
  • Professional educators can use vouchers toward tuition

  • Exploring Autism from Multiple Perspectives 
  • Autism Supports Across the Lifespan
  • Autism: A Contemporary Lens

Registration Process

  • Matriculated Naz students: Talk to your academic program director to determine whether you are eligible to enroll in this program.
  • Non-matriculated students (Rochester community residents): Fill out this form and submit it to the I-SPAN program directors for approval.
  • Registration occurs on a rolling basis for fall and spring terms. Starting classes in the fall is recommended.
  • If you have questions, contact the I-SPAN directors listed on this page.
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