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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders is a 12 credit hour web-based program. It serves two groups of professionals: (1) those who work in school districts and are responsible for teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and for developing appropriate individualized education plans that include academic instruction, and effective intervention practices in the areas of communication, daily living, and social skills; and (2) those who work in human service agencies that also provide intervention practices in the areas of communication, daily living, and social skills as well as prepare students with Autism Spectrum Disorders to live, work, and learn as adults.

Program Objectives

As specialists in public schools and human service agencies in the area of autism spectrum disorders, completers of the program are prepared to:

  • Work as public school teachers in a broad range of educational settings including the general education classroom and special education programs
  • Work as human service agency personnel implementing research-validated intervention strategies for children, youth, and adults in community agencies
  • Implement research-validated instruction/intervention strategies for children, youth, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders
  • Assess the effectiveness of individualized instruction/intervention programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Certificate in Teaching Programs

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university in education or a related field of study
  2. An Application for Admission to the Graduate School 
  3. Original transcripts that indicate a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.75 (For alternative ways to demonstrate academic competence, contact the Office of Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL))


Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in ASD are not required to take the GRE or MAT.  However, individuals who are interested in completing the ASD Graduate Certificate as part of the M.Ed. in Special Education degree must take the GRE or MAT to meet the admissions requirements for the M.Ed. in Special Education.  If accepted into the master’s degree program, a maximum of twelve (12) Graduate Certificate hours may be applied toward the M.Ed. degree program in Special Education with the permission of the Graduate Program Director.  Admission to the Graduate Certificate program does not ensure admission into a master’s degree program.

Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate Program in Autism Spectrum Disorders requires a 12 credit hour sequence of courses.  No transfer credit is accepted.  Students must earn grades of B or above in each of the courses in the 12 credit hour program of study. 

Total = 12 Credit Hours