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Certificate in Autism

For those students who already possess a Master’s degree and who are interested in only the courses specifically focused on autism spectrum disorders, we offer a 21-credit Certificate in Autism.

Links and Contacts
*Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program of Study

Seven-Course Sequence of Classes

AUT 527 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 cr.
AUT 537
Developing Individualized Goals for Learners with Autism 3 cr.
AUT 570
Understanding and Remediating Communication Deficits in Learners with Autism 3 cr.
AUT 571
Understanding and Remediating Social and Play Skill Deficits in Learners with Autism 3 cr.
AUT 574 Evidence-based Practice 3 cr.
AUT 578 Effective Collaboration Across Disciplines 3 cr.
ABA 584
Measurement and Experimental Evaluation of Behavioral Intervention II 3 cr.
Total requirements

21 cr.


Autism and Face to Face Requirement

Two classes require some face-to-face contact, and are delivered in a hybrid model. The are AUT 578 Effective Collaboration and ABA 565 Ethics. They are offered in 3 day weekend models and in week-long summer intensive models. Each year, AUT 578 is offered in late July and ABA 565 is offered in early August. Students many come to campus one for 2 weeks and entirely fulfill the requirement for face-to-face instruction. Campus housing is available for the summer week-long classes at a low cost. 

Learning Outcomes

1. To demonstrate an understanding of the breadth, depth, and diversity of learning and behavioral challenges associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
2. To identify effective methods for diagnosing and assessing individuals with autism, including in adaptive behavior, daily living skills, autism severity, and functional academic skills.
3. To describe the experiences of families of individuals with autism, including the impact on psychological functioning, family dynamics, and logistical planning.
4. To identify the elements of evidence-based practices, and to describe procedures that are empirically validated and those that lack empirical verification.
5. To describe the needs and challenges of individuals with ASD across the life-span.
6. To describe and implement evidence based practices for collaborating with members of other disciplines and for training staff members.


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