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Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate
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Program Overview


The Autism Spectrum Disorder graduate certificate prepares participants for understanding and addressing the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across the lifespan and in varied contexts, including general and special education classrooms and community settings. Participants will gain knowledge and skills in the areas of:

  • Identifying diagnostic and learning style characteristics
  • Understanding the neurobiological and environmental factors that may contribute to increased risk of ASD
  • Identifying and evaluating medical and complementary and alternative medical (CAM) interventions used with individuals with ASD
  • Recognizing early signs of ASD and identifying and implementing appropriate assessment protocols
  • Understanding social-communicative development and disorders in individuals with ASD
  • Identifying different theoretical models for understanding ASD and implications of those models on intervention approaches
  • Understanding the changing needs of individuals with ASD over the lifespan (including safety, independence, self-efficacy)
  • Identifying and implementing evidence-based interventions
  • How ASD affects family systems

This program is most relevant for people who want to specialize in ASD in their field and/or professionals assuming leadership roles in supporting individuals with ASD and their families in the programs and organizations in which they work. Participants in the program most often have backgrounds or special education, speech pathology, counseling, occupational therapy, early childhood, or psychology, but this is not a requirement.

Program Structure

  • 16 minimum total credits 
  • 6 courses
  • Certificates must be completed within six years after the first graduate enrollment

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 3.000 GPA
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

The ASD Certificate Program accepts applications on a rolling basis (all semesters), although a fall semester start is recommended. Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Applicants will submit all required materials (goal statement, 2 letters of reference, official transcripts) using the online application system.

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Courses for the certificate can be found at the link below. 

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Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents Out of State
Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost
$536 $1,608 Approximate Cost: $8,600 $546 $1,638 Approximate Cost: $8,700

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

Additional out-of-state surcharge for students enrolled in an online program: All Graduate—All Campuses: $10/hr.

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