Project Optimal Candidate FAQ's
Authorizations in the Title 5 Regulations are used by the Commission and employers to determine a legal and appropriate assignment. Authorizations are also used by the team that creates a student's Individualized Educational Program (IEP), Individualized Family Service Program (IFSP), and Individualized Transition Plan (ITP) to determine appropriate placement in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for special needs students. Beginning July 2009, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing completed the regulatory process for the first six Added Authorizations in Special Education. They include: Autism Spectrum Disorders Deaf-Blind Emotional Disturbance Other Health Impaired Orthopedic Impairments Traumatic Brain Injury
- I hold a general education teaching credential (e.g., Multiple Subjects, Single Subjects). Can I earn the Added Authorization?
- Do I have to currently be teaching students who have a diagnosis related to the disability category associated with the added authorization to take the courses?
- When are the courses offered?
- Can I transfer my FASD completion to the autism added authorization program?
- What are the admission requirements?
- What are the required courses?
- Which Added Authorizations does Project Optimal offer?
- Can an individual obtain an AASE other than at a college or university?
- Is there any financial aid or grant programs designed for special education teachers needing an AASE?
- Can an individual earn two AASEs at the same time?
- Are Variable Term Waivers available for the AASE areas?
- What is the final deadline to complete courses for the AASE?
- Must holders of Learning Handicapped Specialist and Education Specialists Credentials in mild/moderate earn the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Added Authorization?
- What is an Added Authorization?