Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization
(1)Purpose: An Autism Spectrum Disorder specialization indicates that an educator has obtained additional and specialized preparation to teach prekindergarten through grade 12 students with Autism Spectrum Disorder learning variances.
(2)A specialization is an optional indication of specialized expertise or preparation in an area the Commission recognizes as “added value” on a license. A specialization indicates the educator has demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skills and related abilities in that area. A specialization must meet standards set by the Commission. A specialization is not required to teach in the specialization area indicated on the license.
(3)Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible to add an Autism Spectrum Disorder specialization to a Preliminary, Professional, Teacher Leader or Legacy Teaching License, an applicant must:
(a)Possess an active and valid non-provisional Oregon teaching license with any special education endorsement;
(b)Complete a Commission-approved Autism Spectrum Disorder specialization program in accordance with OAR 584-420-0640 (Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization: Program Standards).
(c)At least fifty percent (50%) of the Autism Spectrum Disorder coursework must have been completed within five years prior to the date of application for the specialization; and
(d)Submit a complete and correct application to obtain the specialization in the form and manner required by the Commission, including payment of all required fees as provided in OAR 584-200-0050 (Fees).
(4)An Autism Spectrum Disorder specialization may not be added to a provisional license.
(5)The specialization will appear on a license as follows: Specialization: Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(6)Once the specialization is indicated on a license, it may only be removed at the educator’s request.
Rule 584-225-0040 — Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialization,