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Graduate Certificate

Autism Spectrum Disorders



This certificate is available totally online and consists of a series of six 3-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 individuals who possess such advanced training are in great demand by school districts in Missouri and elsewhere.


Requirements for Acceptance into the Program

To be accepted into the program, a student must have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (based on 4.0). Students may have an undergraduate degree in any area or senior-level status toward completion of an undergraduate degree in education or related field.

Note: The graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders does not include certification to teach in a k-12 setting. A certificate is an award of completion. If you do not have certification to teach but wish to do so then contact the certification office to determine what additional course work would be required. Additionally, courses taken to earn the graduate certificate in ASD may be applied to complete the MS in K-12 Special Education degree.

Certificate Requirements


EDSP 5510 Fundamentals of Autism Spectrum Disorder 3
EDSP 5511 Behavioral Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
EDSP 5512 Communication & Social Skills in Students with ASD 3
EDSP 5513 Early Intervention in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
EDSP 5514 Classroom Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
EDSP 5515 Assessment & Planning for Students with ASD 3


Total: 18 credit hours

Note: The EDSP 5510 course is a prerequisite for any of the other courses in the ASD graduate certificate, but other courses MAY be taken concurrently with EDSP 5510.


Questions Regarding the Program


Dr. Lisa Robbins

Program Coordinator



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