Autism Spectrum Disorders and Severe Disabilities

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


The Autism Spectrum Disorders and Severe Disabilities graduate certificate is a 12 credit hour program designed to provide educators with expanded expertise and enhanced teaching skills in this area of special education. Through focused coursework that includes assessment, program planning, and teaching methods, recipients will gain a deeper understanding of how to effectively work with these students who have unique needs.

The program is well-suited for graduate students who are preparing for a career in special education. General education teachers who have dual certification in special education, special education teachers, school psychologists, and speech-language pathologists would also benefit from the certificate, further developing their professional skills and improving their marketability.

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This graduate certificate is offered by the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders.

Graduate Chair

Professor Karen Hux

Certificate Advisor

Associate Professor

Ellin Siegel

Graduate Secretary

Ms. Jill England


Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by the department for this certificate

  • Letter of intent
  • Graduate certificate application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (undergraduate and/or graduate)
  • Completion of at least one undergraduate or graduate course in special education with a grade of B or better
  • Previous experience working in schools or community settings with students with ASDs or severe disabilities (preferred)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5

Application deadline
Rolling admission. Applicants may submit completed application at any time. Students may be admitted for any semester.


The Autism Spectrum Disorders and Severe Disabilities graduate certificate is a 12 credit hour program. To earn the Certificate, participants must complete the requisite coursework with grades of B- or higher in all classes.


  • SPED 809: Autism (ASDs): Effective Assessment and Intervention
  • SPED 810: Autism (ASDs): Methods and Program Planning
  • SPED 881: Methods for Students with Intellectual and Severe Disabilities
  • SPED 882: Specialized Instruction for Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities

More course information

The Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin provides course descriptions and prerequisites, grouped by subject area.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors for courses being offered in current and near-future terms.

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