Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum

The marked increase in prevalence of students with autism is accompanied by a heightened demand for effective educational and therapeutic services. This graduate certificate program provides specialized training for teachers and related service providers to enhance their knowledge and skills for working with children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to:

  • provide focused instruction and intense individualized interventions to support children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders across home, school, and clinic settings
  • work collaboratively as members of interdisciplinary teams
  • evaluate, select, and implement evidence-based practices

Program Highlights

  • 15 credit hours - 5 courses
  • can be completed as a part-time student, while working full time
  • includes a supervised practicum experience in the field
  • certificate program leads to eligibility for special education endorsement



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 Entry: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree
  • Campus: Main Campus

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts (unofficial)

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

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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

We encourage you to apply as early as possible. For more information or to inquire about the next admissions cycle, contact the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.

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Faculty collaborate with the GW Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI), which provides students the possibility of engaging with the GW Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI). Learn more about ANDI >

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