Graduate Certificate in Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate

(15 semester credits/5 courses)


Program Description

This graduate certificate will allow students to study the educational needs of learners with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The graduate certificate will introduce students to the characteristics of ASD, the assessment needs of students with ASD, the social and communication profiles and educational needs of these learners, the unique behavioral characteristics of this population, and will teach educational strategies which benefit learners with an ASD disorder. 

 Increasing numbers of those identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) require the skills and expertise of professionals trained to address specific ASD needs. UAH’s online/hybrid Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate is a non-licensure program designed for teachers and human service agency staff to acquire these skills and expertise. This Graduate Certificate meets the Professional Content Standards of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and, offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate-level education through the flexibility of online/hybrid learning from UAH faculty and ASD professionals. 

 The Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate is ideal for educators, interventionists, psychologists, pathologists, behavior analysts, or family members who want to enhance their preparation for working with children and adults affected with autism spectrum disorders.  Teacher certification is not a requirement for admission to this program.

 Program completers will be 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.

This 15-credits graduate certificate program consists of 5 classes. The graduate certificate can be completed as a stand-alone certificate or a maximum of 12 semester hours (4 credits) can be applied toward the degree requirements for a Master of Education (M.Ed.).

Admission Requirements

The items listed below are required for admission to this program; only complete files are reviewed.

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. GPA of 3.0, or at least 3.25 for the last 30 semester credits of graded course work.
  3. Completed “Application for Admission to Graduate Study” form indicating Graduate Certificate for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
  4. Undergraduate and other transcripts sent directly from the institution to the UAH Graduate Studies Office.
  5. Non-refundable application fee to UAH

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Certificate Requirements (15 credits/5 courses)

EDC 636

Introduction to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

3 hours

5 weeks

The advanced teacher candidate wildevelop an understandinof thrangocharacteristics anbehaviors associated with ASD, theffects of early interventioobehaviors, anthe theories regardinthe etiologfthdisorder.  A revieothe law anrightoparents as well as issueregardinservice and specialized programs are included.

EDC 645

Assessment and Behavioral Applications in ASD

3 hours

5 weeks

This coursfocuses oassessment and interventioplanninfor childrewith ASD.  Candidates will enhance their knowledgovarious assessments appropriate to thASD population andeveloskills to administer and interpret assessments.  The course will provide the advanced teacher candidate with aovervieof teApplied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) approach to assessing and teachingand how ABfits within a differentiated interventioprografor children with ASD.

EDC 655

Collaboration and Transition Planning

3 hours

5 weeks

Using case-based instructional strategies, this course is designed to assisthe advanced teacher candidate in learninto build supportivrelationshipwith families, paraprofessionalsanrelated service providers, includincommunitagencies, as a foundatiofodesignindifferentiated learninexperiences.  The teacher candidate will develop thknowledge anskills for communicating accurately and sensitivelyfor selecting and evaluatininterventioservices anfor helpinstakeholdermanagshort-term and long-term issues, includinpost-secondary transitions.

EDC 625

Assistive Technology for Education Individuals with ASD

3 hours

5 weeks

Advanced teacher candidates will explore a widrangoassistive technolog(AT) applicationfor children witdisabilities.  Advanced teacher candidates consider needbased on thtypodisabling conditionsuch as physical, cognitive, sensordisabilitiesor multiple compleneeds, as demonstrated bchildren with pervasivdevelopmental disorders such as ASD.  Emphasis will bplaced upon the integratiooAT into effectivinstructional practices that improvstudent learninand can be utilized as parof a differentiated instructionaprogram in thdiversgeneral education classroom.  Particular emphasiwill be placed ousing technology to enhance tecommunicatioskillof children with ASD.

EDC 660

Practical Applications of Visual Instructional Strategies

3 hours

5 weeks

Advanced Candidates participate in a summer clinic for children with ASD.  Candidates learn how to create an appropriate learning environment, organize schedulefoindividual studentsdevelomaterialsengagin instructionrespond to behavioral issues, and documenstudenprogress.  Clients for the clinic would bdrawfrom a pooof applicants frothe largpopulatioofamilies in MadisoCounty who havonomore children with ASD.  Thpracticuwould consisof 3 dayopreparation and 2weekof clinical experience.