Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder

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.

This program WILL NOT lead to any initial teacher licensure/certification or endorsement for the state of KS. State-by-state requirements vary. Completion of a graduate certificate is not a guarantee of licensure or endorsement of any kind.  It is each student’s responsibility to determine the licensure and endorsement requirements in his or her state and to apply for the licenses or endorsements necessary for his or her career goals.

The Department of Special Education online programs are comprised of rigorous eight week courses. A majority of the work is completed asynchronously, meaning that it does not happen “live.” Courses are eight weeks long (2 courses per a typical semester) and typically contain multiple milestones throughout the course. Students are expected to follow the course modules in order, submit assignments on time, and participate in online discussions with classmates. Potential students must ensure that they are prepared to be successful.  Online coursework will require approximately 15- 20 hours of undivided attention per week (including readings, online discussions, individual projects, etc.).  Consistent access to high speed internet services (basic broadband- 1Mbps) and a personal computer that features Office 2016 or equivalent will be necessary.  A tablet or mobile device (i.e., smartphone) will not be sufficient as a primary computer or primary means of accessing the Internet for the online coursework.