General Overview Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
In 2000, the Center for Disease Control estimated that 1 in 1000 children were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). By 2014, those estimates had increased to 1 in 68. All preK-12 schools in Maine are required to provide educational services to students with an ASD in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The primary purpose of this 3-course certificate sequence is to prepare experienced educators, administrators and related service providers to assume a leadership role in the development and implementation of educational programs for students with autism in school settings.
- Candidates will develop theoretical knowledge and applied skills for understanding the needs of students with ASD and providing evidence-based practices according to individual needs.
- Candidates will have the necessary theoretical and applied background to provide leadership to their schools and districts in developing a sound model of educational and social/behavioral support and intervention.
- Candidates will be familiar with and able to access available resources to support their districts’ efforts in providing services for their students with ASD.
- Candidates will have the knowledge and skills to serve as team leaders and coaches in supporting program implementation in their schools and districts.
Programme Requirements (9 credits)
The certificate program includes three required courses. Courses are offered annually:
- SED 528: Educational Methods for Students with Autism 3cr.
- SED 585: Communication for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3cr.
- SED 563: Positive Behavioral Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 3cr.
What can I do with a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders?
Graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in the development and implementation of educational programs for students with ASD. Graduates work with parents, teachers, direct care staff and others who provide support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Graduates may also find careers in:
- Health and Human Service Agencies
- Educational Settings
- Assessment and Intervention Programs
9 credit hours
Cost & Fees
- $418/cr. in-state and
- $523/cr. out-of-state
Fall / Spring / Summer
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