Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Within the past decade, the number of children diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s syndrome has increased drastically. Consequently, the need for professionals trained in this specialized area has significantly increased. This certificate is designed for those who seek additional expertise in this critical-need area. Students who complete the graduate-level Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders program are equipped with the fundamental skills, knowledge, teaching methods, interventions, and supports needed to work with students with autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

The program is a part-time graduate program consisting of 5 courses (16.5 credits.) Teacher certification is not a requirement for admission to this program, however applicants are expected to have completed a bachelor's degree. Upon completion of the program, students with an active PA Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate are eligible for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement.

Introductory Course
EDEX 551Pervasive Developmental Disorders (pre-requisite for core courses)4.5
Core Courses
EDEX 556Characteristics & Methods: Autism3.0
EDEX 558Characteristics & Methods: High Functioning Autism3.0
EDEX 560Communication & Language Interventions: Autism Spectrum Disorders3.0
EDEX 562Behavior & Sensory Support: Autism Spectrum Disorders3.0
Total Credits16.5


Additional Information

The program is administered through Drexel eLearning. For the most current admission information, please visit www.drexel.com.

For more information about this program, contact the program manager:

Owen C. Schugsta
School of Education
Goodwin College
Drexel University

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