Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Students must have the ability to work with a school-age student on the Autism Spectrum throughout the completion of this certificate.

Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

The online Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders prepares experienced educators, administrators, and other service providers for a leadership role in the development and implementation of educational programs for students with autism in school settings. Students will gain the critical knowledge and practical skills necessary to address the needs of children and students across the autism spectrum.  

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


Curriculum

Courses are taken in sequence to build knowledge and understanding. There are two tracks for the Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Students must have the ability to work with a school-age student on the Autism Spectrum throughout the completion of this certificate.

Special Education Track

Students will take the following courses (12 credits):

  • SED 528: Educational Methods for Students with Autism (3 credits)
  • SED 556: Assessments for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
  • SED 563: Positive Behavioral Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)
  • SED 585: Communication for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)

General Education Track 

Students will take the following courses (12 credits):

  • SED 528: Educational Methods for Students with Autism (3 credits)
  • SED 532: Behavior Management and Intervention (3 credits)
  • SED 564: Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning in PreK-12 Classrooms (3 credits)
  • SED 585: Communication for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (3 credits)

Admissions

We are accepting applications for the Fall 2022 cohort.

  • Fall 2022 Deadline: August 15, 2022

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Experience with and currently supporting students with ASD

Application Materials

When you are ready to apply, please first review the application instructions. Then submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended
  • An essay
  • Current resume

Contact Us

Have questions about earning your Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders online with UMaine? Contact Amanda Cupps, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.5858 or at umaineonline@maine.edu.

photo of Amanda Cupps

Request Information


Faculty

The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) 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 or the COEHD website.


scholarships available - click here to learn about scholarship opportunities