Online graduate autism spectrum disorder (ASD) certificate
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Ranked the No. 1 Best Online Master's in Special Education Program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.1
—Dr. Stephen Shore2
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Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) aren’t defined by their diagnosis; in fact, many of them are empowered by it. As the number of students diagnosed with ASD continues to grow, teachers, families and support personnel must be ready and able to meet their various needs and create inclusive, supportive environments for them to thrive.
The online graduate autism spectrum disorder certificate at the University of Kansas is a focused and direct counterpart to our online master’s in autism spectrum disorder. The distilled coursework, tactical lesson plans, and shorter program length will give you a solid foundation of knowledge to use with children in your everyday life and work. With detailed, persona-based case studies from the prestigious KU School of Education and Human Sciences, you’ll be able to dig deeper into the nuances of ASD and humanize the learning experience from beginning to end.
Today's lesson is tomorrow's breakthrough.
Autism spectrum disorder can be complex, and there isn’t a “right” way to approach it. Guided by our expert faculty with deep experience in the space, we tailored the content for the online autism graduate certificate so that you can immediately implement your coursework into productive and meaningful interactions as you see fit.
The autism spectrum disorder certificate is designed to help you:
- Assess and support children and youth with ASD
- Implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions and support strategies, enabling them to work more effectively with children and youth with ASD
- Connect assessment results to instruction
- Report assessment results in a way that is both technically accurate and transparent to laypeople and other school-based professionals
Earn your autism spectrum disorder certificate online in as few as eight months.
The graduate certificate is a less intensive complement to the online master’s degree in autism spectrum disorder. Aside from requiring less time and money, a graduate certificate also focuses more on execution and tactical solutions versus big picture learnings.
This program can benefit:
- School administrators
- General and special educators
- Individuals with a personal connection to autism
- Behavior analysts
- Family members affected by autism
- Physical and occupational therapists
The ASD online student experience
The online ASD graduate certificate
- 5 courses, 8 weeks per course, 13 credit hours
- As few as 8 to 10 months to completion
- Complete your coursework anytime, anywhere through our innovative online format
- Apply with no GRE requirement for admission
- An observational field experience is required
What you'll learn
All autism spectrum disorder certificate online students will complete core coursework that gives them a full understanding of autism spectrum disorder as well as methods to work with and teach students with ASD.
This program also includes a field experience course, designed to provide an opportunity to observe services provided to children and youth with a range of autism spectrum disorders.
For more detailed information on the topics covered in this program, view the course listings.
Graduates of the autism graduate certificate online program can apply their knowledge in a number of different roles. Many of our students are special education teachers, or autism or behavior specialists at the local or state level. Outside of education, students may utilize this knowledge working for applied behavior analysis clinics, or in occupational therapy, speech pathology, or music/art therapy.
*This online graduate certificate does not lead to initial nor advanced licensure in special education in the state of Kansas.
Note: In order to enroll in this program, a bachelor's degree is required. No program can guarantee licensure. It is each student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements in his or her state and to apply for the licenses or endorsements necessary to his or her career goals. Our department staff and licensure officer can provide individual support during the application process to help you understand your state’s requirements.
Online graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorder: Course descriptions
The online autism spectrum disorder certificate teaches learning professionals how to effectively work with students across the autism spectrum. Read this page to learn more about the topics and courses available to those getting their autism graduate certificate at KU. Unless otherwise noted, all courses listed are worth 3 credits.
Please note: Course list and sequence are subject to change.
SPED 760 - INTRODUCTION TO AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
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SPED 785 - APPLICATION OF ASSESSMENT INFORMATION FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN & YOUTH: AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
SPED 790 - METHODS FOR LEARNERS WITH HIGHER-FUNCTIONING AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
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SPED 860 - EDUCATION OF CHILDREN & YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES: AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
SPED 772 - OBSERVATION AND PARTICIPATION WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (1 CREDIT)
Content & resources
- Retrieved on February 10, 2023, from usnews.com/education/online-education/university-of-kansas-155317
- Retrieved on April 29, 2022, from autismspeaks.org/blog/autism-one-word-attempting-describe-millions-different-stories