Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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


Students take one to two courses (3- to 6-credit hours) per semester and will be advised on course sequencing by their faculty advisor. Courses are offered face-to-face in the evenings and online to accommodate students who work full time.

Core Courses

SPED 6253: Survey of Autism Spectrum Disorders​
SPED 6290: Affective Development And Behavior Management​
SPED 6240: Family Support and Guidance in Special Education​
SPED 6260: Developmental Assessment in Special Education
SPED 6261: Practicum: Materials and Methods



Jaffe, Susan Visiting Assistant Professor, Special Education and Disability Studies



  • 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)
  • Application Fee

For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.

We encourage you to apply as early as possible for the next available start term. Please contact the admissions team with any questions.


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: .

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders program located on campus (202-994-9283).