CTC Approved Added Authorization Programs
Program Sponsor: Wiseburn School District 


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Project Optimal Added Authorization Programs

  • EDNU9071: Behavior Technician-Level One - Project Optimal

    Training hours: 45.0

    Project Optimal is pleased to offer the Behavior Technician Level One Certificate program which meets all the RBT and ABAT training requirements. It is a completely online, self-paced ABA training program for para-educators working with students diagnosed with Autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Para educators will learn the basic concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis within the context of Autism treatment and Person Centered approaches in the classroom settings. District discounts are available.

  • ASD013: Autism Added Authorization

    Training hours: 120.0

    The Project Optimal™ Autism Spectrum Disorders Program is an online self study program made up of 19 topic areas to distance learning. Candidates will learn about and understand Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition they will be able to conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment and then develop, implement, and monitor a Positive Behavioral Intervention Plan using person-centered approaches.

  • ASD023: Autism Added Authorization (No FASD)

    Training hours: 90.0

    To be eligible for the program "Autism Added Authorization (No FASD)", you must have completed the "Foundations in Autism Spectrum Disorders (FASD)" program within the previous 24 months. Project Optimal will verify this prior to making submission to the CTC. If a candidate has enrolled in this program and is found not to have meet this criteria, then they will be required to complete the additional 4 Lessons contained in the FASD program.

  • ASD003: Autism Added Authorization Practicum

    The purpose of this practicum is to demonstrate the application of the concepts discussed during the Autism Added Authorization coursework. While we agree that there is no single way to conduct such exercises as a functional assessment, there are key concepts that cannot be ignored in order for a support plan to have the best chance of succeeding. In this practicum, we will be looking for people to demonstrate an understanding and inclusion of these key components in a practical application of the concepts discussed.

  • FASD012: Foundations in Autism Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

    Training hours: 30.0

    Foundations in Autism Spectrum Disorders is a four-part online self-study course providing basic understanding about autism, the legal environment in which schools and districts operate, and the primary instructional interventions currently being employed to help children with autism.

  • ASD014: Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Training hours: 120.0

    Candidates will learn about and understand Autism Spectrum Disorders. Designed for teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, DIS Providers, board members and parents. This will not provide you with the Added Authorization.

  • ED001: Emotional Disturbance Added Authorization

    Training hours: 135.0

    The Project Optimal™ Emotional Disturbance Program is an online self-paced, distance learning program made up of 3 courses and a 45 hour practicum and is equivalent to 135 hours of classroom time. (Please note: the practicum requires separate enrollment)

  • EC001: Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization

    Training hours: 180.0

    The Project Optimal Early Childhood Education Program is an online self study program made up of 4 courses and a 45 hour practicum and is equivalent to 180 hours of face-to-face training. The ECSE AA Courses offered through Project Optimal are approved for 12 graduate level professional development credits through Brandman University. Credit will be given for the practicum if the fieldwork can be verified.

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About Project Optimal

Program Sponsor, Wiseburn School District, in collaboration with Southwest SELPA, offers affordable, accessible, and credible programs for California educators through Project Optimal.


"Going back to school at this point in my life and career is not possible and this option made it possible to learn and maintain required certifications to continue in my profession."

Teacher, Los Angeles USD
"I found the program extremely adaptable to my lifestyle. It was efficient and appropriate to the needs of improving knowledge in the area of Autism. "

Teacher, Los Angeles USD
"Great job in putting together a teacher friendly program!"

Teacher, Anaheim USD
"I've been able to immediately put to use nearly everything I learned, and it's been very helpful for all the students I work with, not just those diagnosed with Autism."

Teacher, Riverside USD
"Your staff was extremely helpful. Thank you!"

Teacher, Riverside USD
"The course was very well designed and easy to manage for a teacher who teaches full time."

Teacher, Cupertino USD
"The program was convenient, I really liked being able to go at my own pace. Great for working adults."

Teacher, Corono Norco USD
"The Project Optimal Added Authorization in Autism online course was easy to follow and straightforward. Thank you!"

Teacher, Corono Norco USD
"Our teachers enjoy the online learning interface. I appreciate the cost-effective nature of the program and the incredible tech support and personal support that the program provides."

Dr. Erica L. Hawkes, Coordinator Special Education, Irvine USD
"I thought the quizzes were actually great learning tools and the feedback was motivating!"

Teacher, Riverside USD
"I appreciate being able to receive my autism certificate online as a busy professional it was awesome to do it in my bed on my laptop at home!"

Teacher, Irvine USD
"The course was very well designed and easy to manage for a teacher who teaches full time."

Teacher, Cupertino USD
"It was convenient and fit my schedule. I also liked not having to leave my home, but be able to complete the work in my living room."

Teacher, Riverside USD
"I liked how it gave me a lot of strategies on how to work with students with many disabilities not just Autism especially when it comes to behaviors."

Teacher, Irvine USD
"This sort of training allows me to incorporate it into my work schedule."

Teacher, Cupertino USD
"My first change was to stop reinforcing undesired behavior. What an eye opening experience, not to reinforce the bad behavior. Your staff was extremely helpful."

Teacher, Riverside USD
"It was easy and straightforward!"

Teacher, Corono Norco USD
"During the program I was able to put to use just about everything I learned during the course, from diagnosis to positive reinforcement."

Teacher, Riverside USD