Endorsements – TESL, AUTS

To meet teacher demand, Sierra Nevada College is offering accelerated, specially priced graduate programs for Special Endorsements.


Other Certification & Professional Development Courses

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Endorsement

Learn the concepts and pedagogical skills to effectively teach linguistically diverse students. Explore research-based strategies that use the principles of English language development to enhance learning for your entire classroom.

These courses are part of the NV Dept. of Education TESL Endorsement requirements. Coursework aligns with InTASC standards.

TESL Courses Spring 2018:

Location: Online
Cost per class: $900 ($300/credit)

TESL 561: Assessment Considerations and Non-Native Speaking Students (3 credits)
January 29 – March 18 2018
This course addresses factors that may influence and affect the academic performance of English language learners. Traditional, as well as current, strategies for individual and group assessment will be examined. Assessment of discrete language skills will be considered. Students will have the opportunity for hands-on experience with various authentic assessment instruments. The course will cover a glossary of terms used in assessment and language instruction for English language learners.

TESL 563: Methods and Materials for Teaching Non-Native English Speaking Students (3 credits)
January 29 – March 18 2018
This course addresses instruction for English as a second language development (ESL), and other specially designed academic instructional methods for teaching English language learners, K-12. The course touches on historical methods, theory of language acquisition, best practices models, materials, the integration of standards and the assessment of language and content area skills.

TESL 566: Theories of Second Language Linguistics and Cultural Diversity for English Language Learners
March 19 – May 6 2018
This course addresses issues of first and second language acquisition and the relationship on effective communication with students and parents. This course explores linguistic implications of language in society. It focuses on the study of characteristics and backgrounds of various cultures to promote understanding for recognizing, appreciating and valuing contributions of individuals. Second language strategies will be reviewed as well.


Autism (AUTS) Endorsement

This four course sequence fulfills much of the coursework required for an educator to qualify for the Autism Endorsement in Nevada. The additional courses required for the Autism Endorsement are offered through SNC Master of Arts in Teaching – Generalist licensure program.

AUTS Courses Fall 2017:

Location: Henderson Campus
Cost per class: $900 ($300/credit)

AUTS 501: Understanding the Nature of Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
Wednesdays August 23 – December 13, 4:00 pm – 6:50 pm
This introductory course is designed to help educators better understand the characteristics of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the complex challenges they face, both educationally and socially. The characteristics of diverse students with ASD, historical perspectives and etiology of ASD are explored. Assessment procedures, as well as current and emerging practices that have proven to be successful are a major focus of the course.

AUTS 503: Communication and Language Development in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
Wednesdays August 23 – December 13, 7:00 pm – 9:50 pm
This course focuses on the development of communication, language acquisition, and language development and how it differs in individuals with ASD. Effective methods and instructional strategies for promoting the development of cognitive, language, and communication skills will be explored. Students will identify and evaluate needs, develop goals, and design interventions to improve communication skills for individuals with ASD.

AUTS Courses Spring 2018:

Location: Henderson Campus
Cost per class: $900 ($300/credit)

AUTS 504: Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Instruction (3 credits)
Thursdays January 15 – May 13, 4:00 pm – 6:50 pm
Preparation in the design and instruction of augmentative communication systems that include the use of graphic symbols to support diverse learners with ASD. Focus on students with ASD who do not develop spoken language by facilitating communication through teaching vocalization, gesture, sign, and/or point to or exchange objects or pictures. Students design and construct communication aids and develop strategies for integrating augmentative communication systems into the classroom and home to enhance communication.

AUTS 505: Methods and Strategies for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (3 credits)
Thursdays January 15 – May 13, 7:00 pm – 9:50 pm
Students examine the design and implementation of current best practices and methodologies for teaching a wide range of students with ASD. Application of research based models and practices including social pragmatic and social cognitive approaches, adult directed, child-centered, and peer mediated practices. Strategies for inclusion with typical students and siblings in the school, home, and school settings will be explored. Includes methods to enhance social competence through strategies such as play therapy, art, drama, film making, music, and animal therapy.

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