Autism Spectrum Disorder Graduate Certificate

The online Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder has a focused curriculum designed to prepare graduates to address the needs of children and youth with autism spectrum disorder.

This certificate program provides critical knowledge and practical skills to help address social, behavioral, academic, and communication skills development.  Students complete a four-course sequence in addition to a field observation course. 

In order to be admitted to the online graduate certificate, a Bachelor’s degree is required.

Note that this program does not lead to initial teacher certification or licensure.

Please find additional information on the webpage for the program.  

Graduate Admission to the School of Education

Graduate programs in education are open to students with acceptable baccalaureate and graduate degrees whose academic records indicate that they can do successful work at the graduate level. Regular admission requires a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in prior degrees. Individual departments may require additional information and may have more stringent admission requirements.

Some departments may offer special provisional admission categories to students who may not qualify under regular admission criteria. Departments that offer provisional admission require a grade-point average of at least 2.5.  Applicants must provide evidence of ability to work successfully at the graduate level, including experience in and commitment to the profession. Exceptions to established policies must be sought individually by petition to the Graduate Division of the School of Education.

See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog for more information.

Each department in the School of Education sets its own application deadlines.  Prospective graduate students should contact their departments for more information.

To be considered for admission, prospective students must have completed a Bachelor’s degree with a GPA greater than 3.0. Applicants with an Undergraduate GPA below 3.0 should contact an admission advisor for information about provisional admissions.

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements. These requirements are located here.

For more information about our admission requirements, visit the Department of Special Education website.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program is available here.

The 13-credit hours required for the online Autism Certificate program include:

SPED 760Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders3
SPED 860Education of Children and Youth with Disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorder3
SPED 785Application of Assessment Information for Exceptional Children and Youth: Autism Spectrum Disorder3
SPED 790Methods for Learners with Higher-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder3
SPED 772Participation with Children and Youth with Disabilities: _____ (Autism Spectrum Disorder)1