Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders (Graduate Certificate)

Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders (Graduate Certificate)

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Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders (Graduate Certificate)

Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders (Graduate Certificate)

You will gain an introduction to techniques for assessing and teaching students who are moderate to severe on the autism spectrum. You will study the current research, learn how to assess behavior and how to plan for challenging behaviors.

Your studies will include instruction on how to adapt and modify math lessons for students with special needs and basic techniques for reading and language arts to teach students with special needs in the classes.

Program Highlights

  • Includes an internship working with students with moderate to severe autism spectrum disorders at both the elementary and secondary level.
  • Students admitted for fall, spring and summer terms.
  • Can be taken as a student guest by students who only need one or two classes to meet the licensure requirements.
  • Meets education requirements to seek Minnesota licensure upon completion. 

Program Distinctions

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

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Gainful Employment

Certain undergraduate and graduate certificates at St. Cloud State 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 Chancellor's office has provided this report containing the aforementioned information for all required programs.

Applicants to this program must complete and attach the Gainful Employment acknowledgement form (PDF) as a part of their application for admission.

Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorders (Graduate Certificate)

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Bradley Kaffar

Popular Careers

  • Elementary teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Education specialist

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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