NEFEC Autism Spectrum Disorder

Endorsement Information


  • There are four courses in the endorsement.
  • The NEFEC program imbeds the field experience course into the other three courses.
  • Each course is ten weeks long, with a two week buffer on the end of each course.


  • Each course will consist of no less than two face to face professional development opportunities that will be presented by CARD staff. These trainings will be held in a location to be announced after the cohort has been determined. Each county has determined that TDE's can be used for this time away from your classroom.
  • During each course, there will also be at least one adobe connect session led by the coordinator.
  • The bulk of the material for each course will be posted online, using Moodle, which is accessed through the NEFEC website.


  • It is necessary for each participant in the cohort to have access to students with autism in order to complete course content.
  • Participants need to commit to the entire program, as much of the power of the endorsement is the community of learners that is created within the cohort.

Additional Information:

  • There is no fee for the endorsement program, it is provided free of charge for educators in Baker, Bradford, Union, Putnam, Flagler, St. John's, Columbia, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Levy and Suwannee.
  • It will be necessary for participants to purchase books for the coursework, costing no more than $50 per course.
  • Each course is worth 60 ESE in-service points. The field experience points will be awarded at the end of the third course. Cohort participants will earn a total of 240 points.
  • It is necessary for participants to hold an ESE license to attach the endorsement to at the end of the program.
  • Educators that must have the endorsement due to their caseload will be given first preference.

For more information, please contact

Jennifer Middleswart, HRD Specialist, FDLRS/NEFEC