Project ACCESS Autism Credential

Project ACCESS Autism Credential (PAACs) participants are educators that work directly with students and are responsible for their programming.  In addition, for individuals that are not classroom teachers, we are providing the designation of Project ACCESS Autism Team Support (PAATS). These are new designations by Project ACCESS and training began in the fall of 2018.  By the time they have earned the designation, PAACs will have completed a rigorous schedule of training in evidence-based interventions, documented mastery of knowledge and skills through presentation of portfolio artifacts aligned to competencies, and experienced in-classroom coaching by experts in the field.  For PAATS, the training is the same but there will not be a coaching component.

·        Are you ready to do the deep dive into autism evidence-based practices (EBPs)?
·        Do you want to learn more about strategies based on applied behavior analysis (ABA)?
·        Do you yearn to be skilled at achieving behavior change in students that foster independence, help students achieve best outcomes in terms of academics and adaptive functioning, and optimize your smoothly running classrooms and buildings?
·        Do you want to achieve all this while earning graduate credit, certificates, and building a help network with colleagues and experts?

We invite educators (any personnel holding a teaching certificate or professional credential, including teachers, process coordinators, speech-language pathologists, etc.) to participate in a Project ACCESS educator professional development opportunity for school personnel working with students who have autism. We call this program the Project ACCESS Autism Credential (PAAC).

Due to current conditions, Project ACCESS has been making adjustments to this flagship professional development program that will meet these needs and more. Among the modifications: The delivery method is now online! The price is now free for the year one credential.  The complete program is two years with OPT-IN for the second year which is not free but is low cost. You can choose to complete the first year and then make a decision/application for year two (year one participation is required for year two). Each year of training now offers an independent credential.  Year two will include in-the-classroom coaching. You can read more in our  PAAC Facts and PAAC FAQs to learn what each year includes.

How do you apply?

  •  Acknowledge that the training takes one to two years depending on level of participation, requires internet access and a device for online learning. Each semester will be the equivalent of a 3-hour graduate level course in terms of time and effort commitment   (earning college credit is optional for participants, but the time/effort load is the same and a Bachelor's degree is required in order to qualify for credit). However, much of this work will take place in the classroom.
  • You will need to enlist the support of your local building principal or other local administrator. This person must commit to participate in minimal (about 15-20 minutes each week) of training on how to support you as an educator. Administrator support is a key piece of the program.
  • You will need to make sure that your district director of special education endorses your participation with a letter of recommendation. We will not ask your Special Education Director to do much, but we do want this person to sanction and support participation.
  • Complete the online application at the following link:  PAAC Application.


As we are all aware, the news on COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. With the declaration of a national state of emergency and, more specifically for Missouri, we are following the precautions set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as state and local officials.

In the meantime, Project ACCESS staff members are committed to continuing to be available to assist you as much as possible. We hope that we may stay connected to you, so please contact us at  or 866-481-3841. Also, please consider using our free online Autism Helpline as a portal to remain connected to your colleagues.