School of Health and Human Services

Autism Certificate Program

SCSU offers an inter-disciplinary Autism Certificate Program through the departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Educational Leadership and Community Psychology, and Special Education. If you have graduate licensure in speech-language pathology, special education, or behavior analysis and have taken courses on disabilities and behavior theories/practices, you can complete this certificate program in the summer!

The purpose of the Autism Certificate Program is to provide advanced, specialized training for professionals who work with early childhood and school-age students with autism spectrum disorders. Although this program does not lead to licensure, it enhances the knowledge and skills of professionals employed in public school and clinical settings.


Prerequisite courses (6 credits)
SPED 503. Special Education Foundations (or graduate/undergraduate equivalent)
SPED 505. Behavior Theories and Practices (or graduate/undergraduate equivalent)
Core courses (9 credits)
Students need to take three courses of three credits each to obtain the Autism Certificate:

  1. SPED 623 Learning Environments for Students with ASD
  2. CSD 624 Language/Communication Assessment and Interventions for Students with ASD
  3. CPSY 627 Behavioral/Social Skill Assessment and Interventions for Students with ASD

Key Features

  • An autism certicate provides advanced professional educational opportunities.
  • Participation in the courses creates opportunities to develop professional networks.
  • The three core-courses are offered consecutively during the summer. Each course consists of six full-day sessions scheduled over a two- or three-week period, which enables students to complete the certifcate during one summer.
  • Courses must be taken in sequential order. Although it is recommended that the courses be taken during one summer, students do have the option of taking one or two classes and completing the certificate during a subsequent summer.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Autism Certificate program, applicants must:

  • Have completed a baccalaureate degree.
  • Hold professional licensure in special education, speech-language pathology, behavior analysis, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or related areas.
  • Apply for admission to the Autism Graduate Certificate Program through the School of Graduate Studies.
    • Submit a non-refundable application fee of $35 made out to SCSU.
    • Submit an official undergraduate transcript (s) showing completion of a baccalaureate degree. If your degree was received from SCSU, or if you are already admitted to a master's degree program at SCSU, a transcript is not necessary.
    • Provide a one to two paragraph statement of interest in the program and your objectives in pursuing a graduate certificate in autism.
  • Students accepted into the program will be notified to schedule an admission interview with Dr. Mary Beth Noll in the Department of Special Education.

Admission Deadlines Specific to the Certificate Program

In order to obtain the certificate at the end of the summer sessions, it is recommended that students apply for admission by March 15.

Any questions?

You may contact Teri Estrem, speech-language pathologist and professor for one of the courses, at or 320-308-3973 or Mary Beth Noll, Chair in Special Education at 320-308-2043 or

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