Special Education - Autism (Graduate Certificate)

Other Information

Graduate Catalog: SPED

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Special Education

Graduate Director:
Dr. Mary Beth Noll  

Program Location

The Autism graduate certificate program is available on the SCSU campus. Parking is available on-campus with a permit.

Program Overview

The purpose of the Autism graduate certificate program is to provide advanced, specialized training for individuals who work with early childhood children through high school students with autism spectrum disorders. Although this program does not lead to licensure, it enhances the knowledge and skills of undergraduate or graduate students who are employed in public school and clinical settings.

The Autism graduate certificate program is offered through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Counseling and Community Psychology in the School of Health and Human Services and the Department of Special Education in the School of Education.

The autism certificate does not lead to eligibility for licensure. Teachers and others interested in pursuing licensure should see information on the Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate Program.

Key Features

  • An autism certificate 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 certificate 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.
  • The coursework provides a great expansion of knowledge and expertise to professionals but does not lead to Minnesota Licensure.

Admission Information

  • The GRE is not required for certificate admission consideration.

  • Applicants to the autism certificate do NOT need to submit recommendation forms or reference letters

  • Admission decisions are made throughout the year, as completed application files are received.

  • Students may start the program fall, spring and summer terms.

  • Students seeking acceptance into the program will be notified to schedule a pre-admission meeting with Dr. Mary Beth Noll in the Department of Special Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I be a graduate certificate student?

  • By seeking admission to the Autism graduate certificate program a student can enjoy priority registration dates and earn a graduate certificate that is transcribed on the SCSU transcript.
  • A graduate certificate is a great way to stack your teaching credentials for both employment and salary advancement opportunities.
  • Financial aid is not available for this graduate certificate as the program is only 9 credits in length.

SCSU highly encourages all students to seek admission to the graduate certificate program. You will be eligible for a pre-admission advising meeting and will receive regular communication from the School of Graduate Studies and other University service units and be eligible for the full benefits of being an admitted SCSU student.

Gainful Employment

Certain graduate certificates at St. Cloud State University prepare students for employment in specific fields and do not result in a degree. Federal law requires publication of data associated with those programs of study, including approximate program costs, program length, and employment statistics. The Minnesota State Colleges and University's (MnSCU) Chancellor's office has provided these reports containing the aforementioned information for all required programs.