Online Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Are you passionate about working with individuals with autism? Arizona State University’s graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) allows you to understand ASD characteristics and learn support strategies. You’ll also complete practical experiences, preparing you for professional or personal work with autistic children and adults.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 5

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 15

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What skills will I earn in this autism certificate program?

In this program, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, common treatment techniques, learning strategies and ways to collaborate with other professionals in the field. You’ll also have the opportunity to practice applying some of these techniques with an individual with autism.

Additional skills you’ll build that apply to working in the field or better supporting individuals with ASD in your personal life include:

  • Applying the behaviorist perspective and relevant techniques.
  • Interventions to support individuals with ASD, especially in school settings.
  • Understanding the concerns of individuals with autism and their support systems.

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 this program. The curriculum provides action-oriented strategies and interventions for family members and professionals, such as:

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

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

Can I become a certified autism specialist with this certificate?

No, this certificate won’t directly lead to a career as a certified autism specialist, board certified behavioral analyst (BCBA) or certified special education teacher. These professions have specific steps for certification beyond the credentials you’ll earn with this program.

Additionally, this certificate doesn’t prepare you to sit for the BCBA exam. If you’re interested in earning this certification, ASU Online’s Master of Arts in special education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis or graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis may be better options to support your career goals.

Will my certificate say "online"?

No, Arizona State University’s certificates and diplomas don’t specify whether you earn them online or in person. All certificates, diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Featured ASD certificate courses

Courses in this autism certificate focus on learning about ASD attributes and implementing support strategies. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with an individual with ASD in a 45-hour practicum experience. This will allow you to gain experience and practice techniques you learn in class. Courses may include:


Core

Family-Centered Practices


Core

Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders


Core

Measurement, Data Display, Interpretation and Experimental Design


Elective

Applied Behavior Analysis in Inclusive Settings


Elective

Behavior Analytic Assessment


Elective

Behavior Change Procedures: Implementing Interventions in Behavior Analysis


Elective

Consultation Frameworks and Issues


Elective

Controversial Therapies; Science, Fad and Pseudoscience in Educational Settings


What can I do with an autism graduate certificate?

Upon earning this certificate, you can create and deploy strategies for supporting individuals with ASD in education, clinical or workplace settings. You’ll have the knowledge needed to pursue roles, such as special education coordinator, family support educator, classroom paraprofessional and more. You may also have opportunities to advance in your current career. Positions you might already be working in include, but aren’t limited to:

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.

How to apply

Applicants to the autism spectrum disorder certificate online must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Application requirements

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Join one of the best colleges of education in the nation

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College brings people and ideas together to increase the capabilities of individual educators and the performance of education systems. According to U.S. News & World Report, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is the only U.S. college of education to rank in the top 15 in both on-campus and online graduate education degrees.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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