Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
There is a critical state, regional, and national need for training programs for professionals who teach and provide medical and social services for children with ASD and related disabilities. First, the number of students with the ASD label is growing each year. Second, there is a large research-to-practice gap with respect to applying Best Practices to school programs for children with ASD. These students’ educational programs are often segregated and rely on a strict behavioral control “curriculum,” leading to poorer post-school outcomes than those of other students with disabilities. Third, there is a critical, national shortage of special education teachers and related service providers in low-incidence disability areas such as ASD (U.S. Department of Education, 2000). And finally, there are few personnel preparation programs nationally that focus on ASD.
About the Program
The coursework for the Graduate Certificate consists of four courses from the following required and elective course offerings. Highly qualified individuals may petition for permission to waive a required course. Applicants are urged to schedule an appointment with the program coordinators to develop their individualized course of study. Applications for Graduate Certificates are available through the Graduate School.
Current Required Courses
EDUC 857A: Contemporary Issues in ASD – 4 credits – fall semester.
COMM 916: Seminar in ASD – 3 credits – fall semester
Elective Courses (two required from among the following)
EDUC 952- Assessment, Curriculum, Instruction, and Supports for Students with Disabilities
EDUC 956 - Positive Behavior Supports
COMM 914- Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Credits : 3.00
OT 822 - Introduction to Assistive Technology
This hands on course will provide participants with an overview of the application of assistive technology in all
life settings for individuals affected by physical, sensory, or cognitive limitations. Methods, materials, and
resources for obtaining and providing assistive technology services will also be discussed. Special fee.
OT 826 - Assistive Technology and Sensory, Communicative, and Cognitive Disabilities
Explores the application of various technologies for individuals with visual, auditory, cognitive and
communication impairments. Included are: Blind and low vision aides, assistive listening devices, alternative and
augmentative communication devices, memory aides, and prompting aides. Special fee.
EDUC 854 - Contemporary Issues in Developmental Disabilities
The casual factors, physical and psychological characteristics, and educational and therapeutic implications of
mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and related conditions. A life span perspective will be
included, with major emphasis on the school age population.
EDUC 853 - Contemporary Issues in Behavioral Disabilities
Nature and scope of emotional and behavioral disabilities in students from elementary through secondary
levels. Theoretical perspectives, characteristics, assessment and educational intervention strategies will be
FS 897- Special Topics/Impact of Autism on the Family
EDUC 855, Social Relationships and Students with Disabilities
EDUC 857B Contemporary Issues in Autism- Special Topics (combined with the Summer Autism Institute
offered through the Institute on Disability)
Dr. Vincent Connelly (Education Department) coordinates the Graduate Certificate Program.
Contact Dr. Connelly for admissions and other administrative information, 603-862-0595, or email@example.com