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.


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.




The GW Advantage

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.





 Program at a Glance

Degree Awarded:

Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders


Special Education and Disability Studies

Course Delivery:

Main Campus

Program Entry:

Spring, Summer, Fall


The following requirements must be fulfilled: 15 credits in required courses.

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.

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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 learn more about the program, admission process, and upcoming events, please connect with the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.

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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

  • Resume

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Two Letters of Recommendation

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.

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Applications are now being accepted for Summer and Fall 2024. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Application Timeline Spring Summer Fall
Priority Deadline Aug 1 Nov 1 Nov 1
Round 1 Deadline Sept 15 Dec 15 Dec 15
Round 2 Deadline Nov 1 Jan 16 Jan 16
Round 3 Deadline Dec 15 March 1 March 1
Round 4 Deadline N/A May 1 May 1
Round 5 Deadline N/A N/A June 15
Round 6 Deadline N/A N/A Aug 1


For more information or to inquire about the next admissions cycle, contact the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.



 Tuition & Financial Aid


We know embarking upon graduate school is a big decision - due in part to the costs of attending. At GW, we understand the time and thought behind making graduate school work for you. Please take a moment to learn more about the options and opportunities available to help fund your graduate education.

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Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted. Rates vary by program and location.

The tuition rate* for the Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders program is $950 per credit hour.

This program requires 15 credits.

Please note: Additional fees may apply for international students, late fees, etc. Current tuition rates may be updated during the year.

*Summer 2023, Fall 2023 and Spring 2024

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 Career Outlook

The marked increase in prevalence of students with autism is accompanied by a heightened demand for effective educational and therapeutic services.

Potential Employment Settings
teacher watches as an elementary student writes on the white board

Graduates of this program will be well-prepared to work with individuals on the autism spectrum in a variety of settings, including:

  • schools
  • clinics
  • community-based programs



Program Faculty

Dr. Beth Tuckwiller

Department Chair and Associate Professor, Special Education and Disability Studies

(202) 994-9860



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