Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum
Unlock the Potential of Every Mind
The Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum program is designed to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills to work with individuals on the autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders. This program is ideal for educators, therapists, counselors, and other professionals who want to expand their expertise and make a positive impact on the lives of individuals with autism and their families.
Through a comprehensive curriculum, students will learn about the latest research and evidence-based practices in autism assessment, diagnosis, and intervention. Coursework covers topics such as behavior analysis, communication and social skills, sensory integration, and assistive technology.
Prepare for Endorsement
Successful completion leads to eligibility for special education endorsement.
Students have an opportunity to engage with the GW Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI).
Flexible + Accessible
The certificate can be completed as a part-time student, while working full time. Classes are offered once a week in the evenings to accommodate the schedules of working professionals and internships.
Benefit from our unique location in the heart of our nation’s capital and GW's vast connections, with access to research, internship, and employment opportunities with a diverse range of organizations and school settings.
In addition to coursework, students will participate in hands-on experiences, including a practicum, where they will work directly with individuals on the autism spectrum in supervised settings. The program also offers opportunities for professional networking and mentorship, connecting students with leading experts in the field.
Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Special Education and Disability Studies
Spring, Summer, Fall
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 15 credits in required courses.
Course List Code Title Required SPED 6240 Family Support and Guidance in Special Education SPED 6253 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders SPED 6260 Developmental Assessment in Special Education SPED 6261 Practicum: Methods and Materials for Young Children with Disabilities SPED 6290 Affective Development and Behavior Management for Teaching Students with Disabilities
- Program Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
- Evaluate, select, and implement evidence-based practices;
- Provide focused instruction and intense individualized interventions to support children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders across home, school, and clinic settings through the development of:
- Academic achievement and study skills commensurate with their cognitive strength;
- Social skills for navigating all of the environments in which they live, work, and play.
- Problem-solving strategies that enable them to respond flexibly and successfully to challenging situations.
- Work collaboratively as members of interdisciplinary teams.
GSEHD’s Office of Admissions invites you to apply for a spot in our program. Please review the following admission and financial information.
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To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.
Prerequisite: Bachelor's Degree
Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
Statement of Purpose
Two Letters of Recommendation
*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.
Applications are now being accepted for Summer and Fall 2024. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.
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The marked increase in prevalence of students with autism is accompanied by a heightened demand for effective educational and therapeutic services.
- Potential Employment Settings
Graduates of this program will be well-prepared to work with individuals on the autism spectrum in a variety of settings, including:
- community-based programs