Education of Students with Autism

EPSE 449 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


There is no exam. Evaluation will be based on lesson-related quizzes and discussion questions and case-study-based assignments.


Topics in this online course include the history, causes, and characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD); assessment for screening, diagnosis and program planning; early intervention; visual and environmental supports; including students with ASD in general education classrooms; and evidence-based communication and social skills interventions.

This upper undergraduate course is appropriate for teachers, speech-language pathologists and other individuals who wish to increase their understanding of evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorders. It is also appropriate for individuals who plan to apply for a graduate program in autism/developmental disabilities at UBC.  This course fulfills the autism course requirement for professionals who wish to apply to the Registry of Autism Service providers (RASP).

EPSE 449 is a pre-approved elective for the Diploma in Education – Early Years Education and the Diploma in Education – Infant Development and Supported Child Development.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge in the following areas:

  • History of autism and interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder
  • Current diagnostic criteria for ASD
  • Current research in the area of causal factors
  • Characteristics of individuals with autism spectrum disorder
  • Assessment tools for screening and diagnosis
  • Early Intervention approaches
  • Assessment for program planning and IEP development
  • Visual and environmental supports for individual with ASD
  • Strategies to promote the inclusion of students with autism in general education settings
  • Literacy instruction for students with ASD
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for individuals with ASD
  • Strategies for addressing echolalia and other language-based challenges
  • Social skills challenges and interventions
  • Addressing sensory challenges experienced by individuals with ASD


This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.

There is no textbook required.


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Latest Revision on: March 30, 2017