Autism Mindsets for Educators | Online Learning for Teachers pursuing Continuing Education and Professional Development | The Connecting Link


Autism Mindsets for Educators

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description

From looking beyond the ‘autism spectrum disorder’ label to preparing students for adulthood, this course is designed to empower educators with effective, research-based strategies to incorporate into their classrooms and professional practices. Course participants will examine nine strength-based mindsets necessary for navigating autism - as presented by Dr. Temple Grandin and psychologist Dr. Debra Moore. This course prepares educators by emphasizing strengths and assets of individuals with autism to maximize their potential inside and outside of school.

Global Goals of the Course

The following global goals of the course exist to deepen and/or apply the content and skills of teachers’ existing professional knowledge:

  1. To evaluate course-related research, literature, content, and strategies and formulate connections and applications to educator practice.
  2. To incorporate Dr. Temple Grandin’s 9 mindsets for maximizing the potential of students on the autism spectrum into one’s professional practices.
  3. To design an effective learning environment that incorporates essential best practices for the inclusive classroom.
  4. To develop lessons, activities, and accommodations that are designed to meet the individualized strengths and needs of students on the autism spectrum.
  5. To compile a list of resources to further enhance your professional educational practice of working with students on the autism spectrum.


By Lauren Pennington
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
I gained many useful resources from the course that I can apply to my teaching practice.

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Ongoing Enrollment

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Online structured courses are delivered within our online classroom and available within a specific scheduled time window with your instructor.

06/19/23 - 07/16/23 Online
Jun 19 - Jul 16, 2023

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Site based courses are delivered on site in certain locations during a specific date range with a live instructor.

Interactive courses are delivered via Zoom at specific times with a live instructor.

04/10/23 - 05/07/23
Apr 10 - May 07, 2023
Zoom Meetings will be on Thursdays (Apr 13, 20, 27, May 04, 2023 ) from 5:00pm – 6:30pm Central Time.

06/05/23 - 06/18/23
Jun 05 - 18, 2023
Zoom Meetings will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays (June 6, 8, 13, 15, 2023) from 5:00pm-6:30pm Central Time.

06/19/23 - 07/02/23
Jun 19 - Jul 02, 2023
Zoom Meetings will be on Mondays and Wednesdays (June 19, 21, 26, 28, 2023) from 8:30am – 10:00am Central Time.