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Autism Spectrum Disorders, Graduate Certificate

About Autism Spectrum Disorders

In addition to the MSE in Special Education, UCM offers a graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. This certificate is available totally online and consists of a series of six three-credit-hour courses. Because the State of Missouri does not issue a teaching certificate in the area of autism, the certificate does not lead to any additional teaching licenses. However, those who possess such advanced training are in great demand by school districts in Missouri and elsewhere. No teaching certificate is required to be accepted into the Graduate Certificate in ASD course of study.

Occupational Outlook

The need for highly qualified special education teachers is increasing as never before. The last two decades has been a period of critical shortage of special education teachers across the United States. It is estimated that the United States will need an additional 15,000 teachers per year over the next several years to meet the needs of the ever-growing population of special needs children entering America’s schools. Anyone pursuing a career in this area of professional preparation will have little difficulty finding rewarding employment after graduation.

Why Choose UCM

Our graduate program features:

  • In-depth instruction in human diversity
  • Advanced study in an area of critical need
  • Adherence to the Advanced Standards of the Council for Exceptional Children
  • Classes that are offered nights, weekends, online and at UCM-Lee's Summit



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri

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The program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the leading advocacy organization for special education in the country.


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