PURCHASE, N.Y. Three new autism education programs are open for enrollment at LIU Hudson at Westchester , and they have everybody talking, said the institutions director for early childhood and special education, Dr. Iris Goldberg.
Unveiled in the spring, the programs offer students at LIU Hudson at Westchester the opportunity to earn a master's degree in special education with a concentration in autism for grades one through six, the same degree for grades seven through 12, or a post-masters advanced certificate in autism education.
These new areas of study, which will be offered at LIU Hudsons campus at Purchase, are not only useful for classroom teachers. The post-masters advanced certificate in autism education, Dr. Goldberg said, provides a four-course concentration in autism that is not only relevant for educators, but also for other related professionals such as counselors and school psychologists.
A distinctive feature of our education programs in general, is that they offer our students a wide range of options and concentrations that address the eclectic needs in education today, she said. Many of these options include dual masters programs leading to multiple certifications.
Dr. Goldberg also encourages her students to become members of the Council for Exceptional Children , for which she serves as co-president of Chapter 615. The organization advocates for people with disabilities and people with special talents, and also provides professionals with the resources necessary for practice. Goldberg often invites professionals associated with the organization to speak at LIU Hudson at Westchester.
"Our CEC Autism programs have included discussions about current best practices in areas such as behavioral interventions," said Dr. Goldberg, a Rye resident. "Panelists have also discussed issues related to working closely with families and integrating students with special needs into general education classrooms."
Weve had several panels on autism, and the speakers on these panels have offered diverse perspectives, Dr. Goldberg said. Weve had speech and language pathologists, for example.
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