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  • Program Overview

    Certificate in Autism (15 Credits)

    This certificate program is designed for students who already have a master’s degree and are interested in courses specifically focused on autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

    • 15-credit program perfect for working professionals
    • State of the art training in autism
    • Personal advising and assistance in professional development
    • Small class sizes
    • Consistent adjunct faculty with real-world experience
    • In-depth coursework in ASD
    • Affordable tuition

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  • Curriculum

    Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 15

    Required Curriculum

    • AUT 527 - Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 578 - Effective Collaboration Across Disciplines (Cr: 3)


    Must choose 3:

    • ABA 512 - Verbal Behavior (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 523 - Intro to ABA and Psychiatric Disorders (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 524 - Variations and Applications of Functional Analysis Procedures (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 527 - ABA in Public School Special Education (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 537 - Developing Individualized Goals for Learners with Autism (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 540 - Adolescents and Adults with ASD: Transition and Meaningful Engagement (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 550 - Supervision, Training and Organizational Management in an Autism Service Provision Context (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 570 - Understanding and Remediating Communication Deficits in Learners with Autism (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 571 - Understanding and Remediating Social and Play Skill Deficits in Learners with Autism (Cr: 3)
    • AUT 574 - Evidence-Based Practice (Cr: 3)
    • ABA 522 - Treatment of Severely Challenging Behavior (Cr: 3)

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will:

    • Critique alternative approaches to understanding behavior associated with ASD.
    • Value all aspects of human behavior including private events.
    • Interpret the learning, behavioral, communication, and social characteristics of individuals with autism. 
    • Design effective function-based treatments for challenging behavior based on state of the art ABA assessment techniques for individuals with autism.
    • Support treatment decisions using existing empirical evidence. 
    • Design individual behavior treatments including behavior reduction and skill acquisition programming. 
    • Demonstrate knowledge of effective individualized curricular planning and effective behavior management.
    • Differentiate levels of evidence for approaches within and outside of ABA. 
    • Weigh courses of action given clinical scenarios. 
    • Create systems for the provision of performance based feedback in supervision and training contexts.

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