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 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.
Accredited by CAEP
Accredited by CEC
No teaching certificate required
Develop your leadership skills
UCM’s 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:
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.
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.
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.
Take your degree further.
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri
The program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the leading advocacy organization for special education in the country.