• Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Learn the basic knowledge for understanding the characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Our program

M State's Autism Spectrum Disorder certificate program provides basic knowledge about ASD and the needs of individuals diagnosed with the condition.

Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States and now affects more than 3.4 million Americans.

The 15-credit ASD certificate is offered entirely online, providing a specialized education for working professionals and for students who would benefit from specialized training in working with individuals diagnosed with ASD. The certificate does not lead to teacher licensure.

The ASD certificate program may benefit:

  • Staff at public and private schools and social service agencies
  • Child care workers
  • Occupational and speech therapists
  • Direct support professionals and family members caring for individuals diagnosed with ASD


Why choose M State

  • Online courses provide flexibility for working professionals
  • Program provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate-level ASD education
  • Our low cost per credit makes M State an exceptional educational value
  • Online tutoring is offered to all students


Here's what you'll learn

  • A general understanding of the history, characteristics and assessment of ASD
  • Current research related to neurodevelopmental issues in autism
  • The diagnostic criteria used to identify children with ASD
  • Collaborative and interdisciplinary models of service delivery
  • Family-centered and culturally competent approaches to assessment and intervention
  • Commonly used evidence-based and research-focused intervention strategies
  • Design, development and use of technology that benefits people with disabilities
  • Principles and procedures used to understand and change the environment and behaviors of individuals including those identified with ASD
  • In-depth study of current issues surrounding ASD


What students are saying

I am currently a special education paraprofessional at an elementary school in Fargo, working with students with autism. I think the program could help me professionally because, working with children with ASD, there is not a lot of background information for us to learn about. I learned first-hand through experience, by working with the kids. I think my experience and earning the ASD certificate will help me be a better paraprofessional because I will have the knowledge to improve my performance working with these students, and I feel I could help them so much more.

Brittney Smith
Elementary school paraprofessional and ASD student


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Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate
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Required courses

Required courses

  • CPTR 1103 Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • PSYC 1202 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • PSYC 2234 Special Topics for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • ED2232 or PSYC 2232 Strategies for Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • PSYC 2226 Behavior and Environmental Management


Meet the faculty

Jennifer Redlin

Program Coordinator, Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Behavioral Health and Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Financial aid eligibility

Because the Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate (15 credits) program is 15 credits or less, it may not be financial aid-eligible. Please check with the Financial Aid Office by calling 877.450.3322 or email financialaid@minnesota.edu regarding your aid eligibility for this program.

Last modified: September 27th, 2018 at 01:23pm