Autism Spectrum Certificate

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability characterized by impairments in communication and social interaction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in 68 children were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as of 2008.

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with an ASD in American schools. The ASD Certificate program is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the theoretical conceptualizations of ASD, and the skills needed to develop and implement evidence-based lifespan intervention programs, collaborate successfully as a member of intervention teams, support individuals with ASD being served within general and special education contexts, and effectively address the needs of families. The ASD Certificate program provides participants with an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes didactic and applied learning experiences under the direction of recognized scholars in ASD.

The ASD Certificate program is currently accepting students for our fall cohort. Applicants must have a minimum of an undergraduate degree in Special Education, Speech-Pathology and Audiology, Psychology, or another health and human services related field, and work closely with individuals with ASD and their families. ASD Certificate coursework can be completed online or in a combination of online and traditional classroom formats. 

This is a joint program offered by speech language pathology and special education.

Apply for the ASD Certificate Scholarship


  • SPED 53030 Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • SPA 64501 Social Communication Aspects of ASD

  • SPED 6/73959 Medical Aspects of Lifespan Development or
  • SPED 6/73030 Pharmacological Interventions in SPED
  • SPA 64309/SPED 64309 ASD: Theory and Diagnosis
  • SPA 64310/SPED 64310 ASD: Lifespan Interventions
  • Capstone Course (Please see ASD Plan of Study for available options)