Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (school-based)

This online graduate certificate program is ideal if you desire specialized training in  Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) for school-based populations. 

This program is an approved Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) which allows students who are residents of the WICHE member states to enroll outside of their home state and pay resident tuition. The WICHE states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. For a full list of WRGP programs, see: http://www.wiche.edu/wrgp.

All courses are offered online.

This certificate prepares you to serve as an autism support consultant/specialist to:

  • parents
  • teachers
  • direct care staff
  • others who support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Degree requirements

For this certificate, you must complete five 3-credit courses for a total of 15 units:

  • ESE 580. Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • ESE 585 or DIS 519. Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports
  • ESE 664. Methods in Special Education: Low Incidence Disabilities
  • ESE 681. Advanced Methods in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • ESE 608-ASD. Fieldwork practicum (3 credits, to be completed during final semester of program)

Part of a degree or stand-alone certificate

If you are from a disability-related field, you may complete this plan as part of your graduate studies or as a stand-alone certificate. This certificate program may be completed as part of the M.Ed. Special Education (non-certification) program.

Students may also complete this graduate certificate in combination with the PBS graduate certificate, which is a program approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) for those seeking certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Academic Catalog Listing

See the academic catalog for more details on this degree.

More Information

If you would like to have more information on this program, contact Dr. Susan Marks or schedule an appointment with her.