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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.

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Severe Disabilities

  • This graduate certificate is offered by the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders.
  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • 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)

Application Deadline

Fall: July 1; Spring: October 1
Otherwise rolling admission, contact department for more information.


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 Graduate Bulletin provides course descriptions, prerequisites, degree program requirements, and more.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors when this course is offered.

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