Online Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) offers you the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of ASD characteristics while learning strategies for supporting autistic individuals. You’ll build experience applying these techniques to practical scenarios, assisting you in your professional or personal work with autistic children and adults.

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Next start date: 10/13/2021


Total classes: 5

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 15

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What is the autism certificate?

The autism certificate is a nondegree graduate credential that focuses on the unique attributes of ASD as well as tactics for supporting learning strategies and behavioral development. Through this program, you can learn some techniques associated with applied behavior analysis (ABA), but the primary focus is on ASD and a broad variety of strategies for assisting autistic individuals.

What skills will I earn in the autism certificate program?

 

Taking part in the autism certificate program online can facilitate your growth as a professional who works with autistic individuals. Through the study and practice of specific strategies, you’ll learn to work effectively and compassionately with autistic children and adults. You’ll build an understanding of learning strategies and constructive behavioral supports designed to assist autistic people. The program also emphasizes collaboration with other professionals across disciplines to better coordinate your efforts. You can study family-centric approaches alongside other perspectives.

Who can benefit from earning an autism certificate?

 

A broad range of people who care for and support the growth and development of autistic individuals may benefit from the graduate certificate in autism. This curriculum can be a useful pathway for family members of autistic people as well as:

  • Educators.
  • Interventionists.
  • Paraprofessionals.
  • Psychologists.

If you’re interested in pursuing licenses, endorsements or certifications, you should contact your state education agency to determine if the program meets local requirements and your needs.

Does my autism certificate say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Autism spectrum graduate courses

The autism certificate curriculum focuses on learning about ASD attributes. At the same time, you'll build practical experience with support strategies. You should be able to work with an autistic individual during the program. This will allow you to practice techniques from your coursework. While many courses in this program overlap with the applied behavior analysis program, this certificate does not lead to the ability to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam. Examples of classes include:


Core

Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders


Core

Measurement, Data Display, Interpretation and Experimental Design


Core

Family-Centered Practices


Elective

Verbal Behavior


Elective

Behavior Analytic Assessment


Elective

Consultation Frameworks and Issues


Elective

Behavior Change Procedures: Implementing Interventions in Behavior Analysis


Elective

Controversial Therapies; Science, Fad and Pseudoscience in Educational Settings


What can I do with an autism graduate certificate?

The autism certificate provides support for professionals in education, clinical or workplace settings. With this credential, you can create and deploy strategies for supporting autistic individuals. After earning your certificate, you’ll have more opportunities for advancement in your current career. Positions you might already be working in include:

Adapted physical education specialist.

Clinical psychologist.

Counselor.

Special education teacher.

Speech-language pathologist.

Education faculty who emphasize theory and practice

The faculty of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines ― including cognitive science, psychology and economics ― to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Education faculty who emphasize theory and practice

The faculty of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College draws from a range of academic disciplines ― including cognitive science, psychology and economics ― to gain insight into important questions about the process of learning, the practice of teaching and the effects of education policy. The faculty is committed to connecting research to schools and other learning environments. Our teacher and leadership preparation programs combine scholarly rigor with practical application.

Admission requirements for the online autism certificate program

Applicants to the graduate certificate program in autism spectrum disorders must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

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