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Department of Educational Specialties

Autism Spectrum Disorders (School-Based), Graduate Certificate

This certificate plan is appropriate if you desire specialized training in autism spectrum disorders for school-based populations.

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What Can I Do with a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders (School-Based)?

This certificate plan is appropriate if you desire specialized training in autism spectrum disorders for school-based populations. This graduate certificate through Northern Arizona University prepares candidates to work with parents, teachers, direct care staff or others who support children with ASD. After successfully completing these courses, you will receive an NAU graduate certificate in the area of autism. Successful graduates are qualified to be an Autism Specialist or Autism Support Professional (ASP).

If you are from a disability-related field, you may complete this plan as part of your graduate studies or as a stand-alone certificate.


University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.
  • Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program).  See the “Details” tab for additional information.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 15
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application required (www.nau.edu/graduateapply) for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/Graduate-Admissions-Policy/ .
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements: http://nau.edu/GradCol/Admissions/International/.


    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Prerequisites (may be completed concurrently with the program)
      • Introduction to Special Education or Foundations of Special Education in Low Incidence Disabilities
    • Responses to specific essay questions
    • Prior experience in the field
    • IVP Fingerprint clearance card
    • Program of study signed by applicant and advisor
Certificate Requirements
  • Take the following 15 units:

    • ESE 580 (3 units)
    • DIS 519 (or cross-listed equivalent: ESE 585) (3 units)
    • ESE 664 (SERP 595A, an equivalent course, is sometimes offered at the University of Arizona) (3 units)
    • ESE 608 (3 units)
    • ESE 681 (3 units)
    If you are from a disability-related field, you may complete this plan as part of your graduate studies or as a stand-alone certificate.

  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Under both circumstances, federal financial aid can be used for this certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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