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Autism Endorsement

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Enhance your special education competencies and add additional value to your credentials.

Program Info

In 12 credits of curriculum, earn the coursework necessary to meet the requirements for an Autism Endorsement in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students engage in coursework that includes ongoing targeted special education field experiences while also developing a broad understanding of characteristics of autism, etiology, evidence-based interventions, assessment, behavioral interventions, social skills interventions, and family and community-related issues.

If you intend to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for the endorsement, a Level I or Level II Certificate from PDE is a prerequisite. If you do not hold an instructional certificate from PDE, you may apply for the program and complete the required courses without the PDE endorsement.

Students who choose to take six or more credits at a time will remain eligible for the School of Education 25% tuition award.

Admission Requirements

Admission Criteria

Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree or higher in education or a related field with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (some exceptions may apply).

Admission Materials

Duquesne University Online Application - Please select the "Autism Endorsement Non-Degree option on the admissions application
Note: current Duquesne University School of Education students do not need to complete the Duquesne University Online Application

Send international and domestic application materials to:

Duquesne University School of Education
Office of Graduate Admissions
214A Canevin Hall
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282



International Applicants

Duquesne University requires submission of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for all non-native English speaking applicants.

Visit International Admissions for additional information and requirements.

Tuition and Aid

A Duquesne degree is an investment in your future and increases in value over time. Join one of the nation's top-tier universities with the best value, considering cost and academic quality, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. By making this investment in yourself, you will receive the highest level of academic quality from our highly regarded, diverse faculty who are at the forefront of the field of education. At Duquesne, you'll become part of a community of nearly 9,500 students studying at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

In addition to graduate tuition rates, students may also incur fees for administrative services, room, and meals, if applicable. At Duquesne University, we believe that financing your education is a partnership between the student and the university. As part of that partnership, the School of Education offers financial assistance.

University-offered graduate assistantships are available for competitive applications. For graduate assistantships offered by the School of Education, please contact the Program Director or Chair of the Department for your desired program.

For further assistance, please contact the Duquesne University Office of Financial Aid.

Federal government financial aid options:

In addition to awards and scholarships, you may be eligible for financial aid with the federal government. The federal government has loan options that can cover education and living costs. Loan forgiveness options are also available for those working inside and outside of the classroom, these include:

  • Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

For further assistance, please contact FedLoan Servicing.


Morgan Chitiyo

Morgan Chitiyo, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

103C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4036
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Morgan Chitiyo (Ph.D., Applied Behavior Analysis, Tennessee Technological University, 2005) is a professor of Special Education and currently serves as Department Chair for the Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education. He is also co-editor of the African Journal of Special and Inclusive Education, associate editor of the Journal of International Special Needs Education, and former editor of the Journal of the International Association of Special Education. His research interests include positive behavior supports, autism, and special education professional development. Dr. Chitiyo has been recognized for his work through awards such as the Outstanding McNair Scholars' Mentor, the School of Education Excellence in Scholarship award, the School of Education Excellence in Service award, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Service to the Mission.

Bridget Green

Bridget Green, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

102A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1852
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Bridget Green (Ed.D., Special Education with a foundation in neuroscience, George Washington University, 2013) is an assistant professor of Special Education in the Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education.  Her research focuses on understanding the needs of students who have disabilities transitioning into college and employment, transition assessment, and developing best practices to ensure students with and without disabilities have access to meaningful career-based assessments in the general education classroom.  Other interests include disability rights, accessibility for all, and self-advocacy for the disability community.

Ann Huang

Ann Huang, Ph.D.

Program Director
Associate Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

110B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1599
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Ann Huang (Ph.D., Applied Behavioral Analysis, Tennessee Technological University, 2007) research interests are mainly focused on assessments, education and interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities, especially transition-aged adolescents with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger syndrome and Reading Disability. In addition to teaching both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses as well as chairing doctoral students’ dissertations, Dr. Huang also publishes in top-tier journals that have high impact factors and presents at both international and national professional conferences. Dr. Huang was also awarded more than 10 grants to support her research projects/activities. She is also serving as associate editors for two top-tier journals in the world.

Temple Lovelace

Temple Lovelace, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

412B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4159
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Temple Lovelace (Ph.D., BCBA-D, Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis, The Ohio State University, 2008) is an Associate Professor in the department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education. Her research centers on the examination of the intersectionality of disability and race, with particular interest in creating innovative, culturally-sustaining interventions for students with emotional/behavioral disorders. In the last two years, she has secured close to $1 million in grants to support her research and the opening of the Equity X Innovation Lab which is located in the School of Education. Her local work is reflective in the following publications: Achieving Educational Equity for African American Students with and without Exceptionalities; Creating a Schoolwide Culture to Support Practitioner Research; Community-University Partnerships as Vehicles of Radical Leadership, Service and Activism; and, Experiences of African American Mothers of Sons with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Lessons for Improving Service Delivery.

Justin Page

Justin Page, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

G9B Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4475
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Justin Page (Ph.D., BCBA-D Special Education, The Ohio State University, 2013) recently joined the Special Education program. Dr. Page teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, embedding behavior analytic approaches to special education in his classes. His research involves the application of behavior analysis to increase physical activity in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, reduce challenging behavior, and staff/teacher training on behavioral techniques.

Apryl Poch

Apryl Poch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

G9C Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4478
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Apryl Poch (Ph.D., Special Education, University of Missouri, 2016) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Psychology, & Special Education. Dr. Poch is a former public high school Special Education/English teacher (2008-2012). Dr. Poch's research focuses on understanding the components of adolescent writing by modeling the components of the Simple View of Writing (i.e., transcription, text generation, memory, and self-regulatory executive functions), the dropout of students with disabilities, and teachers’ and students’ perceptions and beliefs about writing.

Kinsey Wright

Kinsey Wright, Ed.S.

Clinical Instructor
Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education

103D Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.5714
Curriculum Vitae
Full Profile

Kinsey Wright (Ed.S., Special Education, Purdue University, 2012) has been a Clinical Instructor of Special Education at Duquesne University since 2012, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses. She is a former high school special education teacher and maintains an active teaching license in Ohio. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is involved in several ongoing research projects focused on technology based academic interventions for students with high incidence disabilities.