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Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate

The University of Central Missouri’s Autism Spectrum Disorders graduate certificate will empower you to create spaces and structures that enable individuals with exceptionalities to thrive. In this 100% online program, you’ll learn to create curricula, structures and environments that support their needs and offer opportunities for growth.

This graduate certificate program is ideal for anyone who wishes to enhance their understanding of working in a school setting with students who have autism spectrum disorders. No teaching certificate is required to enroll.

The skills and strategies you’ll learn are in high demand in all school districts and will enhance your capabilities — and career options — as an education professional.

Understand your options for autism graduate degrees

UCM’s Autism Spectrum Disorders graduate certificate is designed for students who don’t want or need a full (or secondary) master’s degree at this time. In case you change your mind down the road, you can apply your credits from this program toward our MSE in K–12 Special Education degree program.

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Accredited by CEC

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No teaching certificate required

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What you will study

UCM’s fully online Autism Spectrum Disorders graduate certificate program comprises six courses. You’ll learn the skills you need to improve classroom, school, community and system-level services and programs that support better learning and life outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Some of the courses you may study for your Autism graduate certificate include:

  • Behavioral Interventions for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Explore evidence-based strategies for analyzing behavioral issues and developing intervention plans. This applied behavior analysis is a beneficial skill for working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and will help you guide your students to achieve their best learning outcomes.
  • Communication and Social Skills in Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Certain assessment and teaching strategies are more effective than others when it comes to improving learning outcomes for students with autism. In this course, you’ll dive into what adaptations you may need to use to best support your students as they develop their cognitive, language and social skills.
  • Classroom Strategies for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Gain a clear understanding of how effective classroom programs for students with autism are designed and implemented. Apply what you learn here about instructional strategies, IEP development, staff services, parent involvement and more to enhance classrooms for children with autism spectrum disorders in your school or district.

 

National Rankings

  • The University of Central Missouri's Special Education program is accredited by the leading authority, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
  • UCM's College of Education is accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Top 15%: Most Focused Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 6%: Most Popular Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)

 

Unique learning opportunities in the Autism graduate certificate program

The University of Central Missouri has provided the highest-quality educator training for more than 150 years. Our commitment to excellence hasn’t changed — only the technology. Our robust online learning platform will enable you to feel connected and supported as you work closely with peers and expert faculty.

Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), UCM’s Special Education programs, including the Autism Spectrum Disorders graduate certificate, are taught to exacting standards.

Throughout the course of earning your Autism Spectrum Disorders graduate certificate, you’ll apply your new knowledge to real-world examples and challenges. UCM’s “hands-on, minds-on” pedagogy will ensure that you’re engaged in the learning process, no matter how far away from campus you are.

 

What can you do with a graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from UCM?

Educators with experience assessing, working with and designing services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders are in high demand across the country. With your graduate certificate from the University of Central Missouri, you’ll be equipped not only to enhance your own classroom or district practice but also to offer professional support and guidance for colleagues seeking to better serve their students with autism spectrum disorders.

Learn more about autism spectrum disorder careers

Use our interactive tool below to explore career options, trends and compensation for educators who specialize in working with students with autism spectrum disorders.

 

 
 


 

Financial assistance options for your Autism Spectrum Disorders graduate certificate

The University of Central Missouri is strongly committed to offering high-quality education while keeping tuition at low, accessible rates. Our financial aid advisors can help you identify the best way to finance your graduate certificate program.

In addition to university-wide resources, degree-seeking students may be eligible for additional funds reserved for students in our Special Education programs. Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.

 

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Take your degree further.
 

To earn a master’s-level credential in special education or a related field, consider these UCM degree programs:

 

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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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