Summer Institute:

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Designed to jump-start your license or certificate program.

Date & Time:

Monday, June 18, 2018
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
June 18-23; July 16-21; August 20-25, 2018


University of St. Thomas 
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Join an upcoming online information session to learn more.

Autism Spectrum Disorders courses explore:

  • The history and current thinking about ASD, and its impact on social understanding, communication, behaviors, sensory processing and anxiety.
  • Identification and evaluation methods for students with ASD.
  • Processes for establishing priorities for educational needs and individual educational program goals and objectives.
  • Research, resources and ongoing access to ASD information.

Courses Offered

SPED 716/SPUG 416: Fundamentals for Student with Mild to Moderate Needs* (2-7 p.m., June 18-22 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m., June 23)

SPED 702: Communication and Social Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2-7 p.m., July 17-20 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m., July 21)

SPED 703: Methods and Materials for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2-7 p.m., August 7-10 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m., August 11)

*SPED 716 is a prerequisite to the other two ASD courses, unless you have taken SPED 701 in the past.

How to Register

If you are not a current student at the University of St. Thomas, apply now so that you can register when registration opens on April 9, 2018. Registration for these courses has filled in the past, so register early to secure a spot.  You can select to apply as a non-degree, certificate, or licensure student.

Students currently enrolled at the University of St. Thomas can register for these courses beginning April 9, 2018.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for 2018 Summer Institutes is $772.50 per credit. Merit-based scholarships are available for students pursuing their M.A. degree or first special education licensure. If you've already received a degree or license from the University of St. Thomas, you may qualify for a 15% alumni discount. Learn more about financial aid

About the Instructor

L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Special Education and Gifted Education programs at the University of St. Thomas.

Dr. Stansberry-Brusnahan is an autism resource specialist and the parent of a young adult with autism. She currently serves on the board for the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She has served on the boards of the Autism Society of America, Autism Society of Wisconsin, the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, and on the Minnesota Life College Advisory Board. She is a faculty member at the University of St. Thomas and has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Program Questions

Dr. Lynn Stansberry-Brusnahan, Associate Professor | (651) 962-4397

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.