Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 44, Issue 10, pp 2646–2649 | Cite as

Developing Undergraduate Coursework in Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Tracy Loye Masterson
  • Francine Dimitriou
  • Kristine Turko
  • James McPartland
Letter to the Editor


With rates of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) continuing to rise alongside improvements in early identification and treatment, service providers are in great demand. Providing undergraduate students with opportunities for education and applied experiences with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can help fill a valuable niche in the autism community. This paper will propose standards for best practice in educating undergraduates about autism spectrum disorders through coursework and practicum experiences.


Autism Undergraduate Course Practicum Applied behavior analysis 



We would like to thank Dr. Fred Volkmar for his insight regarding this manuscript and his innovative development of coursework in ASD decades ago.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tracy Loye Masterson
    • 1
  • Francine Dimitriou
    • 2
  • Kristine Turko
    • 3
  • James McPartland
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyJohn Carroll UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Cleveland Clinic Center for AutismClevelandUSA
  3. 3.University of Mount UnionAllianceUSA
  4. 4.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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