Curriculum: Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate

April 24, 2023
May 08, 2023
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The  Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate takes 15 credit hours to complete and can be finished in just one year.


  1. Complete all required coursework and program requirements.
  2. Obtain at least a 3.0 university grade point average.
  3. Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  4. File formal application for the graduate certificate by the posted semester of graduation deadline.
Course Title / Description Credit
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Course: SPED6004
Credit: 3

This course examines the psychological models and behavioral characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Participants examine and develop an in-depth understanding of the underpinnings of autism, how autism manifests in an individual’s life, and the influence of autism on daily functioning at home, school, and in the community. Course content includes the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (triad), the historical context, the brain-behavior connection, and the three major psychological models (i.e., Theory of Mind, Executive Function, and Central Coherence). The purpose of the course is for participants to understand the cognitive underpinnings of ASD and how these influence everyday life.
This course may be applied towards the Master’s in Special Education.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Theory to Practice
Course: SPED7055
Credit: 3

Education professionals gain insights in the theories of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Based on theoretical understanding, professionals learn evidence-based practices for students with ASD and implement these practices in their educational settings with support from instructors.
This course may be applied towards the Master’s in Special Education.

Applied Behavior Analysis I
Course: SPSY8010
Credit: 3

This course, the first in a sequence of courses in applied behavior analysis, provides an in-depth introduction to the philosophy, concepts, and principles of behavior analysis in general, and to applied behavior analysis in particular. The conceptual foundations developed in this course will be the basis for understanding academic and behavior problems in applied settings and in the development and implementation of: behavioral assessments, functional behavioral hypotheses, intervention procedures directly related to problem function, and data-based decisions about intervention effectiveness.
This course may be applied towards the Master’s in Special Education.

Applied Behavior Analysis II
Course: SPSY8011
Credit: 3

This is the second course in the applied behavior analysis sequence and provides instruction in applying basic behavior principles to resolve behavior problems and foster prosocial behaviors in educational settings, including school-wide positive behavior approach. Students will learn: basic principles of functional assessment of behavior problems, techniques of direct behavioral assessment used in functional assessment; assessment of reinforcers to use in interventions, clinical applications of behavior analytic interventions to reach socially meaningful outcomes, the rudiments of repeated measurement to make data-based decisions about intervention effectiveness, and evidence-based strategies to promote social competence, including school-wide approaches. Students will acquire basic knowledge of research procedures within applied behavior analysis and will use these principles to begin to analyze related research to guide professional practice.
This course may be applied towards the Master’s in Special Education.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Course: CSD7037
Credit: 3

This course includes an overview of augmentative communication systems – candidates, symbol & vocabulary systems, devices, and funding. Additionally, strategies for assessment and intervention will be addressed.

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