Autism Spectrum Graduate Certificate Department of Special Education & Communication Disorders

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Key Features

Up-to-Date Curriculum

The Autism Spectrum Graduate Certificate curriculum is grounded in the most up-to-date theory, research and evidence-based practices shown to be effective in addressing the unique needs of those affected by autism. The curriculum is designed to offer perspectives on the lifelong learning, development and socio-cultural experiences of people on the autism spectrum from early diagnosis through adulthood while centering on the early childhood, middle childhood, adolescent and transition years.

Comprehensive and Competency-Based

The plan of study is comprehensive and competency-based while aligned with state and national professional standards (i.e., Council for Exceptional Children - CEC; American Sppech-Language Hearing Association- ASHA). Candidates demonstrate professional knowledge and skills through participation in specialized courses that are linked to highly relevant field experiences and Portfolio documentation.

Interdisciplinary

The plan of study is interdisciplinary drawing on diverse fields - e.g., education, speech-language pathology, child-adolescent development, psychology, sociocultural anthropology, neuroscience and more. 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.

Flexible, Streamlined and Personalized

The plan of study is designed to be flexible, streamlined and personalized. Candidates have the option of full-time or part-time study.

  • Candidates who posess a Master's degree may complete the requirements for the certificate in 2 semesters
  • Candidates concurrently pursuing a Master's degree may complete the requirements for the certificate at the time they complete their respective graduate program.

Mentoring

Certificate candidates receive ongoing guidance and support from highly knowledgeable and experienced faculty mentors. The role of the mentor is to provide relevant and practical support for candidates to gain knowledge and successfully implement, reflect on and document the application of effective and meaningful practice. To further mentor candidates, faculty also work closely with other campus resources, such as the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) and the Office of International Programs (OIP).

Partnerships

The plan of study fosters partnerships with schools, family and community groups at the local, national and international level.

International

The plan of study offers a global perspective while fostering opportunities for educational exchange and collaboration with universities, government and NGOs in many countries around the world.

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