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Course Date(s):

July 11 - 15, 2022
Final Project due July 29, 2022

Unless otherwise noted, course times listed are in EST

Registration Deadline:

July 8th, 2022


Online Facilitated




15 PDPs

Grad Credit:

Optional 1 graduate credit from Worcester State University - $125, available at the time of course registration


$295 / TEC Members
$340 / Non-TEC Members


Online | Facilitated


Middle School Educators, PreK and Elementary Educators

Supporting Learners with Autism

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 59 children has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 8.  With such prevalent rates of diagnosis, the question for educators becomes how to effectively meet the needs of these learners in the school setting.  In this course we will explore the hallmark characteristics of ASD, current research on causes and research-based interventions, the challenges faced by those with autism and their teachers in the school setting, and supports that have proven successful in the school setting in relation to social, behavioral, academic and emotional gains. This course is open to anyone who is interested in expanding his/her knowledge of this medical diagnosis.


PreSchool – Grade 8 Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, and Administrators

About the Instructor

For ten years, Johanna Hoxie has held the position of Evaluation Team Supervisor for the Lexington Public Schools.  She works at the preschool and elementary levels, specifically with the district-wide program for students with autism and related disabilities.  

Prior to making the shift to administration, Johanna was a special education teacher for students with autism at the elementary and middle school levels.  She taught a wide range of students, including those who were included in general education learning environments for the majority of their school day and students who required substantially separate learning environments.

Johanna possesses a Master’s Degree in Special Education (severe disabilities), a Special Education Administrator’s license, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (LABA).

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