Autism Spectrum Disorders - Certification
Our certification in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) program directly addresses the needs of today's educators and professionals working with individuals with ASD throughout their lifespan.
This certification will be added to a student's current special education certification and will provide specialized preparation through an innovative online 12-credit hour graduate program endorsement in ASD that has at its core the provision of socialization opportunities for individuals with ASD and educational outreach materials and resources for parents and community members. Applicants who do not currently hold special education certification will be eligible for a Certificate of Advanced Study rather than certification in ASD.
With the rapidly growing prevalence of ASD nationwide, many school districts today recognize the importance of having a special education teacher focused on ASD. We developed this specialized program to extend the training of students who have earned a graduate degree or certificate in special education and would like to add ASD to their current certification. With this certification, you'll be highly qualified to teach children with autism.
Admissions criteria are similar to the special education master's degree program, though other credentials and/or qualifications for educators, professionals and family members affected by ASD applying to this program without a teaching certificate will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Since this program requires certification and/or a certificate in Special Education, students without certification who express an interest in learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders will receive a certificate rather than a certification.
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