Autism Spectrum Disorder Graduate Certificate

Hybrid 15 credit hours * 1 year

Program Highlights & Benefits

Hybrid format combines personal experience with convenience of online learning

1 year completion time, including breaks

Cohort model helps facilitate supportive and collaborative learning

Workload designed for full time professional educators


Students in the Autism Spectrum Disorder Graduate Certificate program must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5; one year of full time, contracted teaching experience; and access to a classroom and students throughout the duration of the program to fulfill field study requirements.

Goals and Focus of the Program

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Graduate Certificate program focuses on special education theory and evidence-based practices. Special emphasis is placed on the assessment and intervention of core and related deficits of students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Candidates will gain knowledge and skills related to the diagnosis, program planning, instruction and interventions for students with an ASD. Candidates will develop key assessments and develop clinical decision making skills appropriate for use in the education of students with an ASD. Candidates will develop skills in becoming effective communicators and collaborators with parents, families, community providers and support systems in addition to gaining in-depth knowledge in this area of study.

Program Design

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Graduate Certificate program follows a cohort instructional model with a hybrid delivery structure. Eight-week courses include a combination of face-to-face as well as online classes determined by course content. This program includes face-to-face sessions that take place from 4:45 PM – 8:45 PM on the same night of the week at a central location, and online sessions that may require meeting virtually during this scheduled class time. The duration of the program is approximately one year.

Program Requirements and Career Outcome:

The requirements for this program are successful completion of the program’s respective courses (listed below). Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a university graduate certificate. This is not a licensure or endorsement program, but students who complete the program will be eligible for a University of Saint Joseph Autism Spectrum Disorder Graduate Certificate.

Plan of Study

SPEC 560Autism: Nature and Characteristics
SPEC 562ACC & AT: Facilitating a Least Restrictive Environment
SPEC 561Behavioral Interventions
SPEC/IABS 565Psychological Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPEC 564Autism: Application of Instructional Strategies
 Total Credit Hours:15
Please Note:

The courses for this program may be offered in a different order. This list should not be considered the finalized course sequence.