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. For more information, contact Customer Service at 336.734.7023.

Autism Paraprofessional Classes

Contact Michael Glontz at 336-757-3701 or to see if you qualify and to schedule your scholarship orientation.  Or complete and submit the form below.

Contact Us



  • Picture ID and Social Security card with matching names
  • Complete background check (instructions provided upon CastleBranch account setup)
    • Visit the CastleBranch website
    • Purchase Package Code FG80: Background Check
    • If you have questions concerning your CastleBranch account setup or upload, please contact CastleBranch at 888.914.7279. How to Order PDF icon
      1. Upload a copy of driver’s license
      2. Upload a copy of High School Diploma or High School Transcript showing graduation date
  • Please make sure all of the above items have been completed prior to contacting the Health Education Department for registration approval.

Criminal Background Check Disclosure

  • Facilities that provide practicum experiences for Forsyth Technical Community College programs may require criminal background checks. The facility holds the right to deny a student admission into their facility based upon the information presented in the criminal background check.

Estimated Cost

  • Registration: $156.00 (Campus Access, Parking and Security (CAPS) Fee included $5.00)
  • ID Badge: $5.00 (You must present your registration receipt and receipt for ID payment in order to get your ID badge)
  • 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:

  • CastleBranch background check ($25.00) – See information under requirements above

For more information, contact Customer Service at 336.734.7023.

Program Contacts

For more information please contact the Customer Service Department at 336.734.7023.

The EWD Health Education Department can be reached at 336.734.7734.