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Online Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder at KU.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The online graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorder* is designed for individuals—such as current special educators, PK—12 teachers, motivated family members or advocates—who wish to better understand the characteristics, assessment methods and evidence-based practices needed to effectively work with children and youth with ASD.

The graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorder is a focused and direct counterpart to our online master's in autism spectrum disorder, giving you a solid foundation of key knowledge and the opportunity to put what you learn into practice in a hands-on field experience. Disclosure information about the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment can be seen here.

Program Details


  • 5 courses, 8 weeks per course, 13 credit hours
  • As few as 8 to 10 months to completion
  • Top 10 Best Education School (among public universities)1
  • Complete your coursework anytime, anywhere through our innovative online format
  • Apply with no GRE requirement for admission
  • An observational field experience is required

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What You’ll Learn

All autism spectrum disorder graduate 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. Students will learn to select, implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions and support strategies, empowering them to work more effectively with children and youth with ASD, including those with extensive cognitive or verbal support needs. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to demonstrate how to teach and promote social skills, social communication development and proactive social interactions, and they will develop expertise in specific assessment tools. Finally, students will explore and demonstrate their ability to connect assessment results to instruction and to report assessment results in a way that is both technically accurate and transparent to laypeople and other school-based professionals.

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 ASD; it must be completed under the supervision of qualified and licensed special education teachers and/or other licensed professionals.

For more detailed information on the topics covered in this program, view the course listings.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the online ASD graduate certificate program will be prepared to pursue many different careers serving students with ASD. For example, they may serve as special education teachers, or they may work as autism or behavior specialists at the local or state level. Outside of education, they may choose to utilize this knowledge working with Applied Behavior Analysis clinics, or within their current roles as occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, music therapists or art therapists.

*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.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

August 9
Fall 2019 Term

Next Start

August 26
Fall 2019 Term


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