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Program Requirements (9 credits) The certificate program includes three required courses. Courses are offered annually:

  1. SED 528: Educational Methods for Students with Autism 3cr.
  2. SED 585: Communication for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3cr.
  3. SED 563: Positive Behavioral Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3cr.

Course Descriptions

General Overview Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

In 2000, the Center for Disease Control estimated that 1 in 1000 children were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). By 2014, those estimates had increased to 1 in 68. All preK-12 schools in Maine are required to provide educational services to students with an ASD in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The primary purpose of this 3-course certificate sequence is to prepare experienced educators, administrators and related service providers to assume a leadership role in the development and implementation of educational programs for students with autism in school settings.

Educational objectives:

  1. Candidates will develop theoretical knowledge and applied skills for understanding the needs of students with ASD and providing evidence-based practices according to individual needs.
  2. Candidates will have the necessary theoretical and applied background to provide leadership to their schools and districts in developing a sound model of educational and social/behavioral support and intervention.
  3. Candidates will be familiar with and able to access available resources to support their districts’ efforts in providing services for their students with ASD.
  4. Candidates will have the knowledge and skills to serve as team leaders and coaches in supporting program implementation in their schools and districts.

Visit the Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research website for additional information.


When you are ready to apply, please first review these Application Instructions. Then, complete your online application here. Only the certificate application and official transcripts are necessary. No recommendation letters or supplemental materials needed. 

What can I do with a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in the development and implementation of educational programs for students with ASD.  Graduates work with parents, teachers, direct care staff and others who provide support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Graduates may also find careers in:

  • Health and Human Service Agencies
  • Educational Settings
  • Assessment and Intervention Programs

What students have to say about the Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate

photo of Sue and her daughter, Monique Theriault“Completing my Master of Education in Special Education [Concentration in Low Incidence] has been a tremendous source of pride for my family and me. In fact, my daughter received her Bachelor’s Degree from UMaine on the same weekend that I was hooded for my Master’s! The graduate program at UMaine is exceptional. The courses focus on research-based practices, which are crucial for educating individuals with disabilities. While completing my M.Ed., I was also able to complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. The faculty are actively engaged in advancing the education and training of professionals who work with individuals with ASD and their families. I love how I can continue to be involved with these highly committed faculty through the Maine Autism Leadership Team and professional development workshops.” – Sue Theriault

How will your story go?

Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research Faculty

The Institute serves as the primary source of education and training concerning evidence-based practices for professionals working with children and families with autism spectrum disorders, and for undergraduate and graduate students aspiring to serve children, families, schools and community service providers. For families seeking assistance, the Institute offers services, resources and information; support and guidance; and tools to contribute to awareness regarding their children with ASD.

For a listing of faculty and staff visit the MAIER website.

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