Autism Paraprofessional

Course Description

  • This course is designed to prepare individuals to provide direct services to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs.)  Care givers may work in educational, home-based, or community settings.  Emphasis is on understanding ASDs, working with families of children with ASDs, managing challenging behaviors associated with ASDs, and evidence-based practices for targeting communication, play, self-help, and social skills of children with ASDs.  Class will also cover consumer safety and rights, and ethical considerations.  The course also includes a practicum component, which will be completed at an autism specialty school.  Upon satisfactory completion of the course, the student will receive a certificate of completion, which should enhance employment opportunities in the field of autism treatment and education.  NOTE:  There is no national association for Autism workers
  • Course is 50 hours and includes 20 practicum hours in a local autism specialty school.
  • Currently enrolled curriculum students can receive course credit for EDU248 upon successful completion of this course.  Contact Judy Snowden for details at 336.734.7749
  • Students who successfully complete the course may qualify for a stipend which will reimburse them for expenses!


  • Criminal Background Check/Drug Screening. (NOTE:  Students for the Autism Paraprofessional course are required to have a background check only.  No drug screening is required)
  • High School Diploma/GED/High School Transcript OR College Diploma/College Transcript (showing graduation date)
  • Picture ID and Social Security card with matching names

Estimated Cost

  • Registration: $125.00
  • Lab fee: $5.00
  • Liability Insurance: $18.00 (nonrefundable, valid for one year)
  • Parking permit: $25.00
  • Total (approximate): $173.00 + Book
  • Book:
    • Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning, and Engagement (students may borrow this text from ABC of NC Child Development Center or purchase online.  Not available in Forsyth Tech bookstores)
    • Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers (9th Edition)  (optional)  Not available in Forsyth Tech bookstores.  Available for online purchase only.

Not included:

  • Criminal Background Check (starts at $27.00) NOTE:
    No drug screen is required for the Autism Paraprofessional course.
  • ID Badge:  $5.00  You must present your registration receipt and receipt for ID payment in order to get your ID badge.

For more information, contact Judy Snowden at 336.734.7749 or or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.