Autism Spectrum Department of Special Education

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Welcome to the Autism Spectrum Graduate Certificate Website

Our mission is to prepare candidates to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and skill in providing competent, humanistic and meaningful support to learners on the autism spectrum, representing diverse ages, abilities, languages, cultures, economic backgrounds and sociocultural experiences.

What We Offer

The Autism Spectrum Graduate Certificate is offered University-wide while housed within the Department of Special Education. It is designed to provide professional preparation to graduate level candidates from diverse disciplines seeking to gain expertise in the autism spectrum field. Certificate candidates either possess or are working toward a master's or higher degree in special education, communication disorders or a related discipline:

    Special Education

    The Autism Spectrum Graduate Certificate may be earned with the Master of Arts in Special Education, which is aligned with the Education Specialist Teaching Credential programs (early childhood, mlld-moderate, moderate-severe, orientation and mobility, physical health impairment, visual impairments). - click here to learn more

    Communicative Disorders

    The Autism Spectrum Graduate Certificate may be earned with a Master of Science in Communicative Disorders, which is coordinated with Project Common Ground (PCG) - click here to learn more

    Related Disciplines

    The Autism Spectrum Graduate Certificate may be earned with a master's or higher degree in any related discipline (e.g., early childhood, elementary, secondary education; counseling, psychology, social work, kinesiology, nursing, occupational therapy)

    See also, Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education, University of California, Berkelely with SFSU - click here to learn more

Who May Apply

We welcome qualified US and international candidates from a variety of fields and backgrounds, including educators, therapists, advocates, family members, adults who identify on the autism spectrum, and others.

*Information on the Added Authorization in Special Education (AASE)- Autism Spectrum Disorders is available from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Project Mosaic LogoThe Autism Spectrum Graduate Certificate was initiated as Project Mosaic: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators to Meet the Unique Needs of Learners [on the] Autism [Spectrum] in Diverse Settings, supported, in part, by a personnel preparation grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (#H325K060211). The core professional competencies developed for this project were integral to the formation of professional standards for teaching students on the autism spectrum (beginning and advanced level) that were adopted in 2009 by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly known as NCATE).

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